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  1. TonyM

    Return Eye Sizes

    Hate to revive a very old thread, but didn't want to start a new one for this very similar question... I currently have a 'darkbuster' pool light as one of my 2 returns on my AGP. The light is blown, it leaks and we never use a light anyway so i am swapping it out for a regular return (which is...
  2. TonyM

    Need new cord/plug - Where do I get?

    +1 on the mom-n-pop place - they will actually be able to give good advice to go along with the right part. If you think Fido will be back for seconds, you can also pick up something from the mom-n-pop place to run the cord through prior to attaching it to the motor. A piece of flexible conduit...
  3. TonyM

    More grocery store chemicals :)

    Yea... figured that it would be a stretch but it made for some fun thoughts. I can imagine the look on my wife's face as I added the OJ while she was in the pool... With the +105 degree heat we have been having, I could have thrown in some other fruits and vegetables and told her I was...
  4. TonyM

    More grocery store chemicals :)

    I hadn't thought about the sugar. Did some checking and there are a few brands that have 'no added sugar' (Tropicana, for instance) - but there still is some natural sugars present it seems.
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    More grocery store chemicals :)

    Oh yea - the goal is to keep it on the money, but I may shoot for the bottom end tomorrow, since it seems that I tend to climb due to either my water supply or method of getting it in there. Will be easier for me to notice the rise more than anything as the shade goes to the pink side.
  6. TonyM

    More grocery store chemicals :)

    So, going forward it is better to err on the low side versus the high side? I can definitely do better with differentiation of the orange tint versus the shades of pink.
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    More grocery store chemicals :)

    Yea, I will be dropping it in the morning for sure. Planning a party for the 4th, so there probably will not be anyone in it until then anyway. I don't think that any harm will be done from it being a little high (sea water is between 7.5 - 8.4), but I like to keep it 'right on the money' if...
  8. TonyM

    More grocery store chemicals :)

    That's what I thought, and will be dropping it in the morning. It may be closer to 7.8 - I really have trouble with the color-matching but always assume on the extreme side to be safe. Can I expect the wife and kids to start growing extra limbs from swimming in high pH water?
  9. TonyM

    More grocery store chemicals :)

    Put this in the BBB forum because of the nature of my question - please move if it belongs in a better location OK, so I do my full test tonight (as I do every Sunday), and find that my pH is getting a little high (I have a hard time reading the color chart, but it is definitely at the high...
  10. TonyM

    Deck design - what to do and what not to do; that is the ?

    Re: Deck design - what to do and what not to do; that is the I'm thinking 33% of the circle will have deck to the edge, with a 'rectangle' shape (as if the pool was eating into the rectangle-shaped deck). My pool is partially buried on one side (hill) so the deck will be over the buried part...
  11. TonyM

    Started shocking, need pointers

    As a recent grad of pool school, this point cannot be stressed enough. I essentially wasted a week of time and several jugs of bleach while I was learning the process before I realized the seriousness of the process of shocking. You have to hit it and keep hitting it until you kill it. If you...
  12. TonyM

    Does this make sense?

    Yes, the above example would be an 80% loss. If FC = 10 and then went to 2, that would be a loss of 8, or a 80% reduction. the ending number (2) is 20% of 10. *The above example would also send me into a full-out algae panic, causing me to lose 80% of my chlorine inventory :shock: You are...
  13. TonyM

    Newbie - PLS HELP - Chlorine 0??? what am i doing wrong?

    +1 Clorox seems to give me the best results, although i am now going through a batch of the Walmart brand I picked up on sale. It seems just as good... maybe slightly less potent. Steer clear of the thrift store bleach with an inch of dust coating the jug...
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    Newbie - PLS HELP - Chlorine 0??? what am i doing wrong?

    Regular (unscented) bleach from your favorite store.
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    Does this make sense?

    I thought the same thing when I was fighting algae, but learned a helpful tip - think of FC loss as a percentage instead of just the delta. when you look at it that way, you lost almost the same amount: Night reading: 18.5 - 10.5 = 8 ; 8 / 18.5 = 43.24% loss Day Reading 10.5 - 6 = 4.5 ; 4.5 /...
  16. TonyM

    Deck design - what to do and what not to do; that is the ?

    Re: Deck design - what to do and what not to do; that is the 27' round. I am now thinking 1/3 of the pool, with a larger area for chairs and a table. Right now, the area around the pool is a mess. Patio pavers and weeds everywhere. I am going to post some progress pictures to this thread as I...
  17. TonyM

    Deck design - what to do and what not to do; that is the ?

    Re: Deck design - what to do and what not to do; that is the ok - After vacuuming last night, I spent some time studying the area. I am bumping up the size based on recommendations here, but I will have to sneak in some lumber as the wife is the one with the hard budget ceiling 8-) .
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    Deck design - what to do and what not to do; that is the ?

    Re: Deck design - what to do and what not to do; that is the True - but I hadn't thought about that. I might look at building this capability into my design, just in case I want/need it in the future. Good point. My line of thinking was just a few chairs and maybe a small table - maybe I will...
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    Deck design - what to do and what not to do; that is the ?

    I bought a house last year that came with an above ground pool. Found this place and have successfully turned my swamp into an oasis. I am a graduate of the pool school and I am a fan of BBB. Now that I am past this stage, I gotta give the wife a place to put her chair. Its deck time. The pool...
  20. TonyM

    New pool owner, fighting algae after a winter uncovered

    :party: Yipee :party: - I am glad to say we can close this topic. :cheers: The wife just sent me a message that she was in the pool :thequeen:
  21. TonyM

    Poison ivy? Is there a botanist in the house?

    Stumbled on this thread and now have the heebie-jeebies.... Especially from the photo with the hand by the PI vine. Yep - all the pictures are poison Ivy. Typically for me, I react 48 hours from time of exposure. Takes me about 2 weeks to get rid of said exposure. I am so sensitive to it that...
  22. TonyM

    New pool owner, fighting algae after a winter uncovered

    Believe me... they will as soon as they get the green light on the FC. Sad thing is, we are expecting rain most of the week (bad for their enjoyment :( .... good for my water level :-D )
  23. TonyM

    New pool owner, fighting algae after a winter uncovered

    Got it. So, here's my line of thinking (tell me if I am thinking correctly): If I can keep the CYA at around 40 - if we then go on a trip (lets say a week), I can use the pucks to maintain the pool while gone. Probably will come home to a mid-50's CYA, but I can get that back in check pretty...
  24. TonyM

    New pool owner, fighting algae after a winter uncovered

    OK - I have made the mad dash, and have to catch an airplane in a few hours. I will have sparkley water to dream about as I sleep across the country. BIG thanks to everyone that has helped so far (I'm not going anywhere - just feel like I am now through the tough part and it is time for...
  25. TonyM

    New pool owner, fighting algae after a winter uncovered

    No, all dead and all filtered now :) My fc is still at shock level and my CC are a big old goose egg.
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    New pool owner, fighting algae after a winter uncovered

    OK - I have sucked 99% to waste, and I now have my aquabug running while I top the pool off. As it runs, I notice that there still are a few small spots of settling clumped algae. Will it hurt to just filter these last few spots (as opposed to stopping, vacuuming to waste and then starting...
  27. TonyM

    New pool owner, fighting algae after a winter uncovered

    Putting in some 'store-bought' water this morning (ie, chlorinated municipal water) - the spring alone is just not fast enough to keep up with my vacuuming to waste :). I only have this 25% left to vacuum up.... would it hurt anything for me to bypass the skimmer attachment and hook the vacuum...
  28. TonyM

    New pool owner, fighting algae after a winter uncovered

    Got 75% of it sucked up and the water got too low to go further. Going to let it settle again tonight while the hose runs. I hope that i can get the rest in the morning.... need to run the pump tomorrow, for sure. FC tonight = 26; CC=0... the 75% is crystal clear... :)
  29. TonyM

    New pool owner, fighting algae after a winter uncovered

    I am definitely hooked on BBB - hence my reluctance to add the floc. I am glad to learn that the FC loss is a percentage - which, now that i think about it, makes complete sense. I am no where near an expert, but now (over the past week anyway) I find myself being able to sense what the need of...
  30. TonyM

    New pool owner, fighting algae after a winter uncovered

    I believe it to be dead... Ive been at or over shock levels for many weeks. The funky looking thermometer that the previous homeowners left me is now sparkling white :)