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    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

    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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    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?

    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

    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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    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?

    Hello all, I bought a house in the fall of 2016, becoming a first-time pool owner. I've since learned a lot about the care and maintenance of above ground pools, including the winterizing and opening, from this forum and now I have another question. My pool (it is a 4' deep oval) is...
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    Ladder full of algae

    Hello all, This is my second year owning a pool and first closing it myself. I just went to remove my ladder (basic plastic, five steps, fills with water to keep from floating) when I noticed a rather bad smell. I got the ladder out and tipped it over to get the water out and noticed that the...
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    Newbie with some pool closing questions

    Hello all, My wife and I bought our current house in November of 2016, this is our first time owning a pool. It was already closed that year, and last year we paid a company to (poorly) close it for us, but this year I think I want to tackle it myself. Here is the information about our pool...
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    Please help a Newbie get ready for next winter

    Hello all, I know that summer just started, but in the interest of being prepared I wanted to start this now so I’m not scrambling in a couple of months. My wife and I bought a new house and are first-time pool owners. I’ve attached a couple of pictures, sorry they’re not great but I think...