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    Closing up for the season... what do y'all do in the south?

    So, keep running the pump (sub-50 degree pool water). I will remove the Polaris 280 @ sub-50 as the hoses become stiff and brittle. I've only seen an extremely thin layer of ice form on the pool twice and only for a day or two over the last 15 years.
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    Closing up for the season... what do y'all do in the south?

    I test everything once a week (FC, CYA, pH, TA, Hardness... etc) primarily because I'm new at this. Next season I'll probably go to weekly on FC and pH and monthly on the other tests. I'm with you on the brushing thing and I am going to brush it today (this was my stupid test to see how long I...
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    Closing up for the season... what do y'all do in the south?

    New salt system and still learning. I'm getting there... 23 weeks without brushing or shocking and I'm down to running the pump 3 hrs a day. Historically, I've run the pumps about 2 hrs a day from my birthday (today) until Valentine or St. Paddy's Day (I do not run the pumps at all if the pool...
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    Salt... how much are you using...

    I did not build the pool... it's probably 50 years old. But I did redo the patio and I dry laid (in sand) the travertine. I'll pop up a couple of tiles next weekend and place an overflow drain in. THANK YOU!
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    Salt... how much are you using...

    If I understand correctly... then, all additional salt use is due to water replenishment (be it rain or fill water)? I have certainly been in the unfor=tunate situation where it has not rained for 10 days... added fill water then 2 days later had to reduce the pool water level because a...
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    Salt... how much are you using...

    I use the Taylor 2006. I backwash because the pool is overflowing... and the skimmer will not skim because the top of the skimmer is probably six (6) inches under water. So, rather than just drain off the excess water, I assumed (probably incorrectly) that it would be a good time to clean...
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    Salt... how much are you using...

    So, I am 16 weeks into using a chlorine generator (converted after 14 yrs fresh water). I have a 24,000 gal pool FC - Keeping it in the 3 - 5 range Salt - I am using one (1) 40lbs bag every two (2) weeks. I live in New Orleans and we do get a lot of rain (I generally Back Wash once every two (2)...
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    Salt... week 15

    I haven't shocked or brushed the pool in 15 weeks... It's absolutely crystal clear. Here are my current numbers... FC 4.0... I added some liquid chlorine this morning to bring it up to snuff pH 7.6 CYA 60 (I've kept it at 50-60 for 12 weeks... started @ 100, it took a few weeks to...
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    Salt... week 15

    OK... this is interesting ... I think the first thing I will do is turn off the generator, obtain the current FC number then approximately 24 hrs later (and before, running the generator) get the FC number and see how much FC is consumed in 24 hrs. Tomorrow (once I figure out how much FC has...
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    Salt... week 15

    New to chlorine generation... I run the pump 6 hours a day I run the chlorine generator 65% of the time 3000-3200ppm Salt... Free Chlorine stays in the 4-5ppm range 2700-2900ppm Salt... Free Chlorine drops dramatically 1-2ppm range... turning the generator up to 100% of the time will not bring...
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    YoYo Effect? Total Alkalinity vs pH

    I'll try to keep this short... I stripped the old plaster and re-plastered about 4 months ago (total drain and refill). Borax is what I used the previous 13 years. I have not attempted to adjust the TA since the re-plaster... I tested a couple of weeks after the re-plaster when I obtained my...
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    YoYo Effect? Total Alkalinity vs pH

    OK, do *not* use Sodium Carbonate to raise TA... *use* Sodium Bi-Carbonate (baking soda) to raise TA. So, i'll take TA to 70-80 using baking soda (sodium bi-carbonate)... then, bring the pH down and see if the TA holds. Thank you Marty and Jason!
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    Hot climates chime in.. how much CYA do you lose?

    I'm in New Orleans... the above observation is spot on ...for me.
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    YoYo Effect? Total Alkalinity vs pH

    I searched exhaustively... and apparently, I am to stupid to figure this out. Free Chlorine... 4.0 CYA... 50 CH... 260 pH... 7.4 TA... 40 I've been using 20 Mule Team Borax to raise TA... then, Muriatic...
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    Question on pool plaster discoloring

    Y'all got some sweet pools! Anyone considering a *dark* pool should check out a few in your neighborhood that are 4 to 7 years old and decide from there. In my case the mottling didn't bother me. However, I do prefer the white plaster (the wife wanted the dark) the light refraction is...
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    Question on pool plaster discoloring

    Yup... I did a redo as you did ...coping, plaster, salt system etc. I even had *all* the old plaster removed down to the gunite. This was 4 months ago... and while *very*, *very* slight (barely noticeable) ...it has begun to mottle. I do not brush/scrub... just the wheeled pool cleaner. I...
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    Happy Newbie Update

    14 years with a fresh water pool (which, I LOVE)... However, this has reduced *my* maintenance by 70%-80%... so far (let's hope it stays this way).
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    Happy Newbie Update

    So... I am 10 weeks into the new (to me) salt/chlorine generator system... and, all is good. I have not brushed or shocked the pool in 10 weeks. The water chemistry is *very* *very* stable... I've been testing 2 to 3 times per week. I run my pump (single speed) 5 hrs a day (2pm-7pm). This...
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    Homemade Acid Injection System

    Moved from here. Set this system up (acid injection) a few weeks ago... works great, so far... I eliminated the drip line buttons (emitters) and placed the clear poly tubing through a ground rod clamp (pinch valve) for flow control. I added a longer bolt to the ground rod clamp so that the...
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    Back-Washing - Calcium Hardness not going down???

    Thanks!!! makes sense... I'm adding about a gallon of Muriatic Acid per week to keep the pH in check. Guess I'll go get the parts and build an acid feeder today. thanks again!!!! dennis
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    Back-Washing - Calcium Hardness not going down???

    Newly re-plastered pool (plaster stripped to gunite) the pool was done about 10/12 weeks ago... then about 3 weeks ago ...Switched to Salt from FW. Over the past three (3) weeks I've done some fairly heavy back-washing to bring the Cyanuric Acid level down... which it has done. We have enough...
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    Sizing New Sand Filter???

    I should further qualify this... there is an 8"ID LARGE Hex nut on top of the tank. It screws into the tank and it has a large O-Ring as well. This is where the problem is... *not* the O-Ring that sits between the top of the tank and the valve and are secured together by a stainless steel...
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    Sizing New Sand Filter???

    Yes... I discovered the *cracks* in the fiberglass when I removed the valve to replace *that* O-Ring. I stopped immediately and did *not* attempt to replace the O-Ring. I carefully put everything back together and have been praying since Tuesday that it holds until I get the new filter. I'm...
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    Sizing New Sand Filter???

    Yes, it comes with the valve. I wanted to show what valve came with it so I listed it separately in the post (as many venders provide less than adequate descriptions of the products they sell). Most of the TA100D(s) I looked at came with 1.5" valves (if anyone else out there buys one look...
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    Sizing New Sand Filter???

    THANK YOU!!!! A little confirmation is *extremely* helpful. I ordered the following... Pentair 261185 2" TAGELUS Multiport Valve TA 100D Only Clamps Style 8" Neck Pentair 145240 TA100D TAGELUS SWIMMING POOL FILTER SAND 30" TM W/2" VALVE It's a package deal... hope it arrives before...
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    Sizing New Sand Filter???

    The Current Sand Filter is at least 15 years old (probably 20+) and is developing leaks around the neck... so, time for a new sand filter. Pool is 24,000 Gallon, Kidney Shaped (deep end 9' 6") Current Filtration: TA100D TAGELUS SWIMMING POOL FILTER SAND 30" TM W/2" VALVE...
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    Resurfaced Pool... Scared to Death

    One (1) week. The wheeled device was *suspended* from the diving board (I still dive) the tail and filter removed and @ about 18" inches from the bottom. The difference in being able to keep the plaster *flowing* after brushing was amazing... the pool is now crystal clear. I am new to this...
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    Resurfaced Pool... Scared to Death

    Just got back to this... I have the Taylor K-2005 ...and, I'll have to do more testing today but here is what I have as of late yesterday afternoon. I am new to this... so, please bare with me. While fresh water historically... I intend to install salt water system 30 days after re-plaster (as...
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    Resurfaced Pool... Scared to Death

    In-ground, 24,000 gallon, Gunite. I just (tuesday the 25th) re-plastered... i.e., stripped old plaster (3 layers) to gunite. The Ph keeps creeping up... Thur, brought it from 8.2 to 7.4... Friday 8.0 to 7.4.. this morning 7.8. On Thursday the pool water testing place instructed me to put 2...
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    CYA Level???

    Thank you!!! That's what I figured... y'all just made my wife extremely happy. We have never drained the pool (12 years) and she has wanted to refinish it since we moved in (I like the mottled appearance). Looks like a late winter/early spring project. Thanks Again!!! dennis