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    Heating pool for first time question

    Agree 87-88 is perfect, especially when it is cooler out.
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    Raypak 406a Main Ignition Failure Heater keeps cycling

    This is what I did when my original Raypak heater was about the same age. 14 years is a good run for an outdoor pool heater. Start fresh with a new unit and cut your losses.
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    preventing leaves and debris from getting into loop-loc mesh-covered pool

    I use foam noodles (pipe insulators) around the perimeter to reduce the amount of leaves getting into the pool during high winds. I also have raised coping which helps. You can get noodles at home depot in the plumbing isle and I usually connect them together using 1" dia barbed pvc nipples...
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    Raypak 406a Main Ignition Failure Heater keeps cycling

    I have the mV version of the Raypak, so no control board. The only time I see a fully fired up Raypak stop like that is when one of the items in the safety circuit stops conducting, and the heater turns off thinking there is a safety issue. My issue was a bad thermostat. Check your...
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    Dedicated vacuum line needed?

    I have a dedicated vacuum line, which I used with my manual vacuum head attachment with an in-line leaf catcher. It was helpful to have this since my two skimmers shared a line, so using one of the skimmer lines wouldn't have enough suction. I now have a robot, so I don't use the vacuum line...
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    What's your current pool temp?

    Same here...temp is at 69 and hoping to get it up to 87 this weekend for a final pre-closing bash. Will probably cost $100 but I'll spend more than that on drinks!
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    Planning new build in NY

    Heater btu missing a zero? A lot of us like Raypak for reliability/quality.
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    Best place to purchase Muriatic Acid

    Lowes paint dept should have 31.45%.
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    Super dense mesh vs solid cover with pump

    I have a 20 year old Meyco mesh cover and close/open the same months as you. I don't have any issues, though I sometimes have to drain some water from the pool over the winter season when the rain and snow brings the water level up to the skimmers. You don't want ice forming at the level of...
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    Closing- Too much FC??

    Bringing it up to shock level is probably the best you can do. If you have a robot, you could always lift a corner of your cover in a month or two once the water temp has dropped and add some more chlorine, then let the robot mix it for an hour or so. If not, just plan on a SLAM upon opening...
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    Closing- Too much FC??

    After lowering the water but before the cover goes on, I position two floaters with 4 trichlor tabs each on a line across the pool (to keep them near the center and away form the walls). Your shock level probably won't last very long, so unless you have some residual chlorination, you could run...
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    Cannot maintain chlorine levels

    If you are battling algae and cya is 60, why not bring your FC up to 24 immediately?
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    Natural gas to propane

    When my 336k BTU pool heater was installed, they simply added a T to the line prior to the old meter, ran a new pipe over to the pool pad, and added a new meter just for the pool. The house already had a gas fireplace, gas grill, gas oven, gas cooktop, gas dryer, gas boiler and gas hot water...
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    3 month old new plaster pool with grey/blue dots

    When I had my pool replastered, I had a spot where the plaster had tiny dark area that wouldn't come off. Turns out there was a tiny stick embedded under the plaster that started to decompose and leech out. A wire brush eventually pulled off enough of the plaster for me to remove the stick, but...
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    Smoking Heater

    Best guess - Something probably built a nest in there and you just ruined their cozy accommodations. I remove the side and top panels at the beginning of every season and almost every year I have discovered a rodent's nest, with the critter still in there (a small field mouse).
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    Need help pulling myself out of the bottom of the skimmer basket

    If your CYA is 40, your SLAM level is 16. You need to keep FC at around 16 (you can overshoot a few ppm), adding as frequently as possible until you pass the "end of SLAM" criteria. SLAM levels will eventually overwhelm the algae, but it can take some time. Keep brushing and vacuuming the...
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    Pebble Fina VS QuartzScapes

    If you get Fina, go with a lighter finish if you want a more even appearance and less mottling. If I had to do it over again, I'd have gone with Cielo Blue (white base color) instead of Bella Blue (grey base color). Fina is smooth like plaster and should have a longer life.
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    I'm about done with SWG

    Clorox Bleach has Cloromax...not good for pools. Switch to plain bleach or liquid shock (plain sodium hypochlorite).
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    Filter and pump sizing issue?

    Going far above your target slam level will not kill the algae any faster and could potentially cause other issues with your liner and equipment. If your target is 20 and you go a few ppm over, that is fine. I wouldn’t recommend swimming if you’re over slam level though.
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    Filter and pump sizing issue?

    Yes, 3 ppm FC loss is common, and 4 ppm is certainly possible. I'd shoot for FC of 7 or 8 ppm after adding, that way you should never go below your minimum FC target.
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    pool service maintenance

    I fired the pool guy I inherited from the previous owner the minute I saw what a sham it all was. What a waste of perfectly good money! You can and should do it yourself if you want that proud TFPC sparkle. Get a good test kit, read the forums and pool school here, spend a few minutes a week...
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    Filter and pump sizing issue?

    Bringing FC up to 5.5...from what? You may want to overshoot your FC/CYA target range by a few ppm if you are only adding once per day and see if anything changes. Also, for a SLAM with 40 CYA, you want to keep FC at 16 ppm.
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    Heater Troubleshooting Help

    The previous owner of my home added a pool heater and the gas company ran an un-metered line from the main gas line/meter at the house and installed a second gas meter out by the equipment pad. The heater installed was a 336k BTU Raypak. This allowed for separate billing and a good...
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    Cloudy brand new pool. Please help!

    Adding clarifier was probably a mistake and could be causing issues with your sand filter. We don't recommend clarifiers or any other unnecessary "potions" typically used by pool stores and other so called "professionals". Until you have an accurate CYA reading, we won't know what your target...
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    Pool Chemistry vs water appearance

    How long do you run your pump every day? If only a few hours, it might make sense to run it longer and see if you notice any change in your pool conditions. I used to have a sand filter, and I liked the easy backwashing, but my water clarity is much better now that I went to a Quad DE style...
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    Do you check your pool daily?

    LOL In this example I think it comes down to being type "considerate" vs type "inconsiderate". And what's even more frustrating is that if you try to adjust your plan to accommodate for this by telling them 8AM (when you really expect them by 9AM), the one time you do this, they will show up...
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    Do you check your pool daily?

    Here is some info on Type A and B Personality Theory. https://www.simplypsychology.org/personality-a.html https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_A_and_Type_B_personality_theory Since this is a spectrum based theory, my guess is that very small percentages of people would be placed on extreme sides...