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    Micah's (4 year old) Swim Epic

    Here is the camera used for that video: Amazon.com : Action Camera Davola 1080P WiFi Sports Camera 12MP Underwater Waterproof Camera with Wide-Angle Lens and Mounting Accessory Kits : Camera & Photo I'll warn you though, at $27 it's a great camera, but was very hard to transfer the video for...
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    Micah's (4 year old) Swim Epic

    It's the looploc luminous soul. We like it.
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    No room to add a heater

    I'm going to measure everything today. One of the issues is that the middle AC compressor sits under a portion of the house that sticks out a bit, so if the heater needs exhaust clearance, that won't work. Additionally, the corner of the pad that seems free is closest to the pool's control...
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    No room to add a heater

    I want a propane heater to extend our season. There is no room on the pad, but I was thinking that if I could have the HVAC units moved further to the right, then pour another slab and move the pool equipment to the right, the heater can be to the left, closest to the propane tank and feed back...
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    Micah's (4 year old) Swim Epic

    We aren't there yet for him, but our pool isn't that deep so there isn't much concern. We were supposed to go freediving / snorkeling this week in Florida, but our trip was canceled because of the storm. I was going to teach the kids those things in deeper waters. I remember when I was a kid...
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    Micah's (4 year old) Swim Epic

    He turned 4 in May. When I was a kid, there was a public pool we used to spend almost every day of the summer at. One of the reasons we built this pool is that given my work, proximity to a public pool and our largish family, the kids would never be able to experience what I did as a kid apart...
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    Micah's (4 year old) Swim Epic

    This was our first pool year. Our youngest boy started the season needing a float vest, but now asks to wear weight belts to practice freediving like his dad and brothers.
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    Goo-B-Gone on Vinyl Liner?

    I ended up not. The bottle says not to use it on that material. Every once in a while, when I'm in a productive mood in the pool I tackle one whole section. It comes off by rubbing with your finger, especially after a few months soaking in the sun.
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    Bug Mystery

    Anyway, they were burrowing under the concrete decking and coming in through the corners of the pool... coming through the liner track.
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    Bug Mystery

    I have solved this mystery, but intended to post it a while back for detective fun. Can anyone guess where the ants are coming from? We had a very strange situation where hundreds of ants (winged and unwinged) were showing up in the skimmer. I discovered that they would first appear in the...
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    Storm: Gazebo in the Pool

    Pool already cleared up. No more haze. After work I'll put on my diving belt and do an extensive inspection of the pool floor. So far water level has remained pretty constant even with 100F temps right now
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    Storm: Gazebo in the Pool

    Honestly, I don't know if homeowners insurance is useful for anything. We had a washing machine malfunction on the second floor that dumped water, destroyed carpets on the second floor, leaked into first floor and did damage there as well. Home Owners insurance said they'd cover it, but when I...
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    Storm: Gazebo in the Pool

    Couple neighbors helped remove the gazebo. There were a few dents at the bottom of the pool, we'll wait to see if there are any leaks. If there is, I imagine there is no patching without draining the pool (it's on the floor)... and if we are going to drain the pool entirely, we'll just get a new...
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    Storm: Gazebo in the Pool

    I need a few neighbors to help me. I was in the pool to assess the damage and it seems it dented the floors vermiculite in a few places, but the liner did not get ripped. Any thoughts? Should I just overlook it and be thankful? There is one section that is dented pretty good. I could push my...
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    Night pools

    Old Fashion.. 2oz bourbon, .5oz Grand Marnier, drop of agave syrup, few dashes orange bitters, ice..... Mmmmmmmmm
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    Night pools

    We often keep our pool lights off because of bugs. Here is our tiki torches lit at sundown.
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    Hiding the second liner track

    We have a double line track, one of which is empty (used for the concrete coping forms). Is there some kind of gray trim I could stick in there that would overlap the liner by a few millimeters or so, fill in the second top track, and hide the white frame to make the transition from concrete to...
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    Taylor Test Kit vs. Pool Store Results (VERY DIFFERENT)

    LOL. The only thing I bought from them was a snake oil charm that I am supposed to hang over the skimmer basket. If I bring it in every week he'll recharge it for $30 with his magic and my pool should be ok even if I follow TFP advice. jk I did buy some liquid chlorine because they have 12.5%...
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    Taylor Test Kit vs. Pool Store Results (VERY DIFFERENT)

    Ok.. So first thoughts... How are these so different? TA, FC, CYA and CH are the biggest differences. He also told me that 6FC is too high. I have been shooting for 8FC. Am I going to end up bleaching my liner? Or will my CYA protect it? He even said that even with high CYA, the sun will...
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    Dead frog in the pool all day

    I did the overnight test and went from 9 to 7.5. shock it?
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    Dead frog in the pool all day

    Whenever I test the water and discover a very low FC I go on a hunt for the culprit. Today I found a dead frog in the pool that must have been there for a good 20hrs. What kind of FC drops should we expect in situations like that? Is a dead frog a reasonable excuse for dropping from 8 to 6.5FC...
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    Smell chlorine, but low cc

    Our FC dropped to 6.5 after all those guests (from 8) with the swg going still the whole time. Normally it keeps up. So I guess I learned my lesson. The low CC measurement may have been meaningless with all the sun we get. But the smell was probably the best indicator. How do I prevent guests...
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    Smell chlorine, but low cc

    So do the pee solids eventually get filtered out? Or are they too small for the filter to catch?
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    Smell chlorine, but low cc

    I'll add that it's not a very strong chlorine smell. Just enough for me to think, "I thought I shouldn't be smelling this"
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    Smell chlorine, but low cc

    I tested .2 cc, 8fc and yet I smell chlorine tonight after we had about ten people in the pool (mostly kids). I'm wondering if maybe my cya testing is off and my fc is too high? Or could I be smelling .2cc? Other days without the smell it was at 0cc same fc.
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    Night volleyball photo

    Builder! We actually bought about six umbrella sleeves on Amazon, but when the concrete folks were here I realized it was over kill. We ended up putting up a nice canopy instead of actual umbrellas. Ended up using only two sleeves, just for the net
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    Night volleyball photo

    Here is what we got: Amazon.com: Dunn Rite Pro Volly Retrofit Pool Volleyball Kit: Toys & Games You'll need to cut it to fit, but it was a pretty straight forward operation.
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    Trouble with SWG and FC

    Safe to swim in, but consistently high fc levels will beach the liner, right?
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    Trouble with SWG and FC

    Resolution: So yes. You are all right. I tested salt this morning, exactly 3000. Yesterday I also increased the SWG to 85% for the last 4hrs it was running (at that stage, it's a good temperature). This morning the FC was 8.2, up from 6.5 all on its own! This morning the water was also 55F...
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    Trouble with SWG and FC

    It's that plus pollen. Pollen here is really bad in April. I was on a flight home a few weeks ago and could see the yellow in the ponds from above. I was gone for a whole week, you should have seen the skimmer sock when I cleaned it out after that. Also, it accumulates all over our deck and...