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  1. Fronzizzle

    Is this pH rise normal?

    Hello all, Due to all the great help on this website, I just finished the easiest/most stress-free summer of pool ownership I've had. Yay! As I get ready to close, I do have one question about my pH. I spent the first half of the summer running constant tests, then used that information to...
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    Is my pool leaking? Need some advice ASAP.

    It figures that just as I figure out how to properly clean & maintain my pool, something else would happen... Here in Michigan, the weather has been somewhat hot, sunny and dry. Last weekend, the wife and I added some water to our pool (not unusual at all), then did a full vacuuming. After...
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    Should I be shocking my pool at regular intervals?

    Hello all, Earlier this year, I posted some issues I was having with algae, and everyone gave me great advice - I did a SLAM and it took care of everything, have had no issues since (about 4-5 weeks). However, today I noticed a bit more stuff on the bottom than usual. I did a quick vacuum...
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    Today's Dumb Question - Best Process for adding liquid chlorine?

    Hello all, Now that my pool is sparkling clean, I want to make sure it stays that way. Due to high CYA, I'm not going to use the chlorine tablets but instead add liquid to maintain my level. My question is, what is the best way for doing that? I read through all of the stuff on Pool School...
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    Vacuum Hose/Plate Issue

    Interesting about it being a Hayward - I was certain everything was Hayward but anything I tried (note: I did NOT try the basket listed above) didn't fit, and when I found the skimmer top cover and it said Season Master, I thought I was set. Are Season Master & Hayward related somehow? I did...
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    Vacuum Hose/Plate Issue

    Hello all, Since I bought my current house, my wife and I have been muddling along in terms of our vacuum setup - the pool and skimmer are old and we didn't have most of the parts. We did have the basket, but of course it was brittle and broke during our first year. Since then, we've been...
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    Why so much dirt at the bottom?

    Actually, I was wrong - it's not 4' deep, the water level is at 41". The calculator I used says that's about 13,340 gallons.
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    Why so much dirt at the bottom?

    Pool was vacuumed yesterday, today there is minimal stuff on the bottom. Going to run the SLAM until tomorrow just to make sure. Thanks for all the advice. One more question, not sure if this should be here or a new thread...should I be adding anything (other than chlorine) to prevent algae...
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    Why so much dirt at the bottom?

    Here are more pictures, with the ladder at the bottom. It's windy out so the water is rippling quite a bit, not sure how helpful these will be. I turned the pump off to take them, but it didn't help much. It's been raining on and off all day, with brief periods of sun but mostly cloudy. I'm...
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    Why so much dirt at the bottom?

    I live in Michigan, so far this year sunlight has just been a rumor. :rolleyes: Raining/overcast again today. But point taken. Here are some pictures. In the last one, you can sort of see some small spots of "stuff" on the bottom. And this brings up another issue I have - our vacuum sort...
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    Why so much dirt at the bottom?

    A quick update, and a couple of questions. When I first started the SLAM, the pool was disgusting and took me a long time to vacuum. Yesterday, it wasn't nearly as bad and was vacuumed pretty quickly. I checked this morning, there is hardly anything in there. Yay! At 8:30 PM last night, my...
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    What cleaning robot to buy?

    I've been doing some research and it seems like the dolphin (not sure which model, though) is the highest rated/recommended. Any others I should consider for an above ground, oval pool? If the dolphin is the best, which model? Also, any info on how long these things typically last? I found a...
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    Why so much dirt at the bottom?

    I'm using a Taylor test kit. It's pretty robust and got the best reviews when I was looking - is there something else I should be using? Yes, using 10 mL. Yes, I think there were tablets in there - I removed our floating device that administers them, but my wife had put one in the strainer...
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    Why so much dirt at the bottom?

    I didn't because it's all at the bottom, and my water temp is currently 65 degrees and...I'm a wuss and don't want to get in. Going to try and scoop some out in just a minute...
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    Why so much dirt at the bottom?

    Thanks (again) for the replies. I just tested my pool water, and I have some questions about doing a SLAM. Apparently, my wife added some chlorine tablets to the pool because our chlorine level is high (for us). When I did the OCLT the other day, I got 7 PPM at night and 6 PPM in the morning...
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    Why so much dirt at the bottom?

    Thank you for the responses. A few more questions, then: 1) Regarding a robot, my wife and I have been over this many times and while we want one, I'm not sure which is best for an above-ground pool that won't damage anything. Recommendations? 2) I read the SLAM instructions, it says to...
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    Why so much dirt at the bottom?

    Hello all, I'm still somewhat new at pool ownership and have a question. We have an above ground, oval pool that is 34' x 19', 4' deep. There is no bottom drain, just the skimmer. I'm using a Hayward Pro Series pump & sand filter. We are starting our 3rd season, and ever since we moved in...
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    Vacuum Hose Recommendations?

    Hello all, I've been using the same vacuum hose that the previous owner left. It is made up of separate sections (5) that are each 6' in length, giving me needed 30' total length. However, you have to be really careful when moving about or else the sections want to come apart from one another...
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    How to properly empty/store water bags?

    Hello all, I have an above ground pool that is completely surrounded by a deck, so it gets closed very similarly to an inground pool. I end up using a large cover and about 22 of the dual tube water bags. Last year, I had a company open the pool for me and then rolled all of the water out of...
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    Did my hose shrink? And other plumbing questions

    This might be a dumb question, but do I use normal 1.5" threaded PVC fittings for going into the pump and filter, or are they special? Seems like I remember reading that the threads in some filters and/or pumps are different than normal threads.
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    Did my hose shrink? And other plumbing questions

    Hello all, So, I started getting my filter & pump ready for the season. I put the pump base (with attached pump) in place, put the filter in its location...and found that the hose I used last year no longer reaches from the pump up to the filter. Huh? I left it on the valve in my barn all...
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    Correct Sand Level

    Hello all, I have a question regarding the sand level in a Hayward Pro Series filter. I'm still a relatively new pool owner, and have taken on all of the associated tasks (opening, closing, maintenance) instead of paying some company to do it. Last year was the first year we winterized the...
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    Why is my filtering system built like this?

    I know it's been awhile since I updated this post, but the weather here in Michigan hasn't been cooperating. Anyway, I can definitely do PVC all the way to the return line. However, the line coming out of the skimmer is hose barb, and it's part of the skimmer - no changing it. So, do I leave...
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    Another Piping Design Question

    Hello all, A few weeks ago, I posted on here and got some great advice regarding the current design of my above-ground pool filtering system. The original post is here: Why is my filtering system built like this? I went to take a look the system today to start making a material list, and I...
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    Why is my filtering system built like this?

    I'll have to check when I get under there, but I think he put hose barbs on them - the return line is definitely normal PVC coming directly from the pool, he installed a hose barb fitting on it (this is the connection that has been leaking). I don't remember what the bottom of the skimmer looks...
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    Why is my filtering system built like this?

    Oh, I forgot something! Maybe this should be a new thread? Anyway, at the pool end of both pipes the PVC ends 2-3' from the connections. Then, he has pool hose going from the PVC to the pool, connected with hose clamps. Is there any need for that? If I'm putting valves and unions at each...
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    Why is my filtering system built like this?

    Thanks for all of the replies! Just to provide a little more information: 1) There are valves at the filter end of both lines, I always use them when cleaning the filter or servicing it. 2) I suppose it could be for weight purposes, but he also has hangers and the overall run isn't that long...