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    Mice, Mice, Mice!

    No, I'm not sure. I really didn't look that close. We have had a lot of rain that is for sure. If we have another, I'll look closer. I've looked at baby mice and baby moles on line. I think it's a little hard to tell them apart as a baby. I GUESS I SHOULD NEVER ASSUME!
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    Mice, Mice, Mice!

    So we opened the cover box tonight and much to mu surprise.....NO MICE. Now I have to admit that there are areas of the box that I can't see, but I didn't see any evidence of mice in the part that I was able to visualize. (I would have to remove the cover from the roller to see all of the box...
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    Mice, Mice, Mice!

    I'm going to have my husband open the cover box tonight. YIKES. And Moth Balls it is. I am betting money they are in there and I'm hoping they have not eaten through the ropes or the cover. I thought the ropes were metal? Maybe the lack of activity in the cover box over the summer gave...
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    Mice, Mice, Mice!

    We have had our pool for 7 years and I've never had any problems with mice. Tonight I found our third mouse this year. The first one was on the bottom of the pool and the last two were in the skimmer. The only thing different this year, is the use of Boric Acid and the fact that I've left the...
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    Aww-some Cleaner

    I don't want to put things in the pool that are not needed, I just thought I'd ask. I'll do the search Yippeeskippy suggested. Thanks.
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    Aww-some Cleaner

    I see where Ahh-Some cleaner is recommended for cleaning hot tubs (and I'm getting mine ordered this week). But does anyone use it as maintenance in their pool. It looks like they have a product made for pools that is used monthly to keep biofilm out of the pool pipes, filters, etc.:(
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    Clorine Level and Boric Acid

    It was pink at 7 drops, but the true pink that I am looking for was at 8 drops, so I split the difference.
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    Clorine Level and Boric Acid

    I want to add borates to stabilize pH, prevent algae, silkier feeling water and clearer, 'sparkling' water. I also thought it might make the pool even easier to manage. Although for the most part pool management has not a big problem. I do work full time and take care of my own pool. I have...
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    Clorine Level and Boric Acid

    I just opened our pool a week ago. It is in pretty good balance but the total chlorine is still a little high. This is the first year I will be adding Boric Acid and I was wondering if I need to get the chlorine level down before adding the Boric Acid. I read in the post about "so you want to...
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    In middle of SLAMing and having problems

    This is my first SLAM, and I have a couple of questions. #1 - Automatic cover on or off during SLAM. My thought is ON to prevent Sun from eating up chlorine and to keep cover in contact with good chlorinated water to kill any bacteria/algae, etc. #2 - is it OK to pour at least some of the...
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    In middle of SLAMing and having problems

    I didn't intend for the FC level to get up to 60. I was sad about the reading. I used the calculator entering current data and endpoint data. I added the oz. recommended. Maybe my reading of 6 was wrong? I was basing my FC shock level on the SWG chart (24 is the lowest one they mention). I...
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    In middle of SLAMing and having problems

    On Aug 17th I noticed the pool was cloudy. Full disclosure, I neglected the pool for 1-1.5 weeks. :( FC was zero, ph was 7.2, so after reading the SLAM procedure, I added liquid chlorine. Based on my CYA (40), I needed a Shock free chlorine level of 24. So I wanted to keep it above that...
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    Discrepancy between pH strips and drops

    OK. I did test the Chem-Tek against the Taylor 100 and the Taylor 100 is 7.2 like the test strips and the Chem-Tek is 7.6. I assumed it was because of the chlorine level being above 10 (it is 13). I will test again tomorrow night and report back. This has been a very frustrating year for me...
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    Discrepancy between pH strips and drops

    Please start a new thread for your own questions. Thanks, jblizzle I have been using the TF-100 test kit for everything except the pH and a Chem-Tek 5 way test kit for the pH (because it has the ability to adjust for high chlorine levels). However, this year I am nervous about the discrepancy...
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    Pentair Intellichlor IC40 - cheching remaining life

    In case anyone else has the same problem. I did get a response from Pentair. They said that after the bottom bar scrolls to the right, the first set of lights is the percent of life used on the SWCG. As mine is "blank" with no lights, it has less than 20% or less than 2,000 hours of use.
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    Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up..

    Re: Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up. OK. I fixed my signature line last night to be just two lines, and now it is 8 lines again. :-(
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    Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up..

    Re: Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up. Thank you. If the problem persists, I will look into this as a possibility. Creeps me out to think of dead critters in the pool water. Sounds like I also need to learn about channeling. Our lab swims when we swim.
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    Pentair Intellichlor IC40 - cheching remaining life

    I have a Pentair Intellichlor IC (?I think it is the 40, but not sure). It is working, but I was trying to check the "life remaining" on the generator. I have only had the generator for 2 years (we are in our second year of running the pool). When I push and hold the MORE button, My lights...
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    Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up..

    Re: Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up. I raised the alkalinity with alkalinity increaser. It is an in ground pool, it has a vinyl liner, it is only two years old. I do not have any pucks in the pool ( I don't even know what that is). I have considered the 20 Mule Team...
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    Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up..

    Re: Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up. I forgot to mention that we use a SWCG and no supplemental source of chlorine.
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    Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up..

    Re: Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up. FC = 7 CC = 0 TC = 7 TA = 90 CH = 130 CYA = 70 Salt = 3750 pH = 7.4 Last night I added Alkalinity increaser and everything is measuring OK now. I know the salt is a little high, but I will be backwashing in a few days and...
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    Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up..

    this is our second year for our pool and normally I found that the pH and Alkalinity drifted up and I would add acid and all would be good. However, it they have both drifted down and I don't know the cause. Granted, I know I can fix it, but I want to be sure there isn't another problem that I...
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    Alkalinity test in the T100

    Any thoughts about color change? Typically it is blue and then you add drops of #9 until it turns red (or in high chlorine it turns yellow). Any thoughts if it just turns a different color or blue? I wasn't sure if I "overshot" the red? Has anyone seen this before. I tested it yesterday and...
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    Frustrated......pool chemistry

    Is there anyway to check the pH and Alkalinity when the chlorine level is still too high(19)? I have been checking at least the chlorine level daily and it does seem to go up and down. The SWG is off. The cover is off most of the time, but we are expecting a lot of wind in the next 48 hours...
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    SWG with Automatic cover

    I'm a visual perrson and I'm having troublel visualizing this...... :oops: Does anyone have a picture of this? My pool is already built and is surrounded by pavers, so I'm having trouble figuring out all of the components, where they are placed, how big of the piece of Zinc needs to be, am...
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    SWG with Automatic cover

    We have a SWG and auto cover. What is a sacraficial anode? Have only had pool for a year, so there is lots to learn.
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    Frustrated......pool chemistry

    The brand is Kem-Tek, I think I purchased it on line somewhere.....probably Amazon. I am going to stick with Taylor products but I have this one and will use for comparison. I do have a really hard time reading the red/pink colors. Who knows, maybe it is 8.2 and I'm reading it 7.8. ...
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    Frustrated......pool chemistry

    I have a 5-way test kit that has a chlorine/bromine neutralizer compound that is added to the pool water in the test tube. One drop for every two ppm of chlorine. Then you add phenol red and test. According to that test kit, the pH is reading 7.8. This test kit has an äcid demand test as...
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    Frustrated......pool chemistry

    We are hosting Thanksgiving for 24 people and we had intended to keep the pool open until then, heat it up and swim.......however, we have had a bad last month with pool chemistry. We were taking pool water to local pool store for testing and we had CC and according to their reading, very very...
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    Frustrated......pool chemistry

    So sorry, I had it in an excel spread sheet and it looked good when I posted it, then it got all bunched up, so it's hard to see what is what....