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    Cryptosporidium - The Germ for 2019

    Hi all, the last few days my news feed has been full of stories about the new pool superbug called “Crypto”. https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2019/07/01/cdc-warns-fecal-parasite-cryptosporidium-found-in-swimming-pools/amp/ Many news sites have an article about it, here are some highlights...
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    Household uses for unused pucks?

    Hi all, just looking to see if anyone has tried any non-pool related uses for left over pucks. Yes, I’m aware they will keep and I can use some on a vacation. But with a SWG, my uses for them are not great. My first thought was dropping one in the toilet tanks. They make bleach pucks already...
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    Solar panel heater plumbing

    Hi all, I always assumed the heater panels on the roof trickled water top down, but recently I noticed my panels supply water from the bottom and push it up. Checking out the neighbors pools, apparently this is the proper way to do it...but why? Here is what I can figure... 1) Direction doesn’t...
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    Can't Keep CYA UP

    Hi All, I've been having a fun time with CYA in my pool, it seems to go away all to quickly. Scale of events, Aug 2018: Drained half pool to go from 140 to 70 Oct 2018: Dropped to 30 Feb 2019: Added to get up to 70. tested at 70 Apr 2019: (Today) Tested at 50, adding some to get to 80 Since...
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    Leaking Pump

    Hi all, recently discovered a leak on the pump. Link to video showing... I’m handy, but this is a new thing for me. It’s not coming from the pump seal, that’s to the right of the leak... so it’s coming from the motor itself? The pump seems to still be running fine, sounds more or less the...
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    Beginning the Bucket Test

    Hi all, tonight I am beginning the bucket test. Last Weekend, I was out on the deck and heard the skimmer "gulping", I knew the pool was low-ish but didn't realize it was that low. Topped off the pool, to come to this past weekend and the pool is at that almost too low point again. So tonight I...
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    VS Pump Sound Question

    I am looking to add a variable speed pump to my nice to have list for future projects. However, I am curious about the noise they would put out. My work puts me around a decent number of motors and pumps that are connected to VFDs which for the most part all have a distinct high pitch whine when...
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    Re-Plumbing the pump area, less 90s are better?

    Hi all, here are a few links to some pictures of how the pump area looks as of today... http://vomitcomet.net/images/poolpump/frompump.jpg http://vomitcomet.net/images/poolpump/suction.jpg http://vomitcomet.net/images/poolpump/wide.jpg http://vomitcomet.net/images/poolpump/fromheater.jpg...
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    Comparing Pureline vs Circupool SWGs

    Hi all, I am torn between two SWGs and hoping to get some input. I am between the Pureline 60,000 LT PL7714 (Found on Inyo Pools) And Circupool Sj-40 I have a 13,000 gal pool in Central Florida, Chlorine demand is high in the Summer, and drops to next to nothing this time a year. Pool timer...
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    Blood Red Chloroine Test

    Hi all this is more of a curiosity type question... I have been working on the hot tub and getting it ready to go and elected to use my left over 3in pucks in it because I had them, and if/when there is CYA build up it’s easy to drain and fill, and have to do that every couple months anyways...
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    Hot Tub heating and cycle time question

    Hi all, new to hot tubs, one came with the house we bought and just now starting to clean and power it up. I had a air lock that I was able to fix, but my next quandary is it doesn’t appear that there is a heater installed. It this typical? I can move water, jets work and even the control panel...
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    False low PH?

    Hi all, I’ve occasionally had some false low PH tests, and can’t figure it out. I always do Chlorine first, then PH. Sometimes when I do PH I get a super low read, dump it out, rinse and do it again then it is more in line where it should be. The only thing Hong I can think of is that I’m...
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    Light out of water

    Hi all, I had my light burn out recently and pulled it out of the water to check it out. Long story short, it won’t be until the 18th when the new lamp comes in... I will have the new gasket sooner. Right now I have the fixture disassembled out of the water, plastic wraped the front of it, and...
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    Pool -Area Safe Cleaners

    Hi all, I just did a pretty thorough cleaning of my patio and screen frame with a bleach/water mix. I figure as things eventually wash into the pool, bleach isn't going to do much damage to the chemistry other than boost the FC. Now I am wondering, is there another widely available outdoor...
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    Ripple Generator

    I love the way the water in the pool moves and creates the water texture against the house and screen inclosure, however once the pump shuts off the water goes perfectly flat... not a bad thing but looking at it from inside the house at night with the pool light on, it can look like a empty...
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    [Updated With Solution] Clogged Main Drain

    Hi all! It is starting to dawn on me that my main drain is clogged. Symptoms include... 1) Air being pulled in when I set the Jandy to just main drain.... I can't find a air leak. Tried the smoke, plastic wrap, water on connections, but I can't find the source. 2) I noticed a clump of dog hair...
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    DX4 Timelapse

    Hi all, no problems with my cleaner (knock on wood), but I had some free time and thought it would be fun to attach my GoPro to the pool cleaner and see where and how it travels under water. I do enjoy the times it looks down the length of the pool and makes it seem like it is just a normal big...
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    How to "store" hot tub

    Hi all, separate from our pool we have a freestanding hot tub. It's one of those plastic bases with the molded seats in it. So it came with the house and I know very little about it. I drained it till winter so it is empty for now. It has one of those thick insulated covers on top. We drained it...
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    FC Doesn't React Linearly?

    Hi all, Working on getting my daily/weekly process figured out after switching to LC, so I've been doing daily FC checks to watch the drop and figure out how much LC I need to add daily/every other day. My problem is the trend has changed from 4ppm a day to 1ppm a day drop. See trend...
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    Chemistry Deep Thinking - How Does it Work?

    Is there a resource that explains the chemical reactions for pool care? 1) Is there anything left in the water after chlorine is "used up" or evaporated? 2) Raising or lowering Ph, Baking Soda or Acid, are they truly gone once the reaction finishes? 3) With test kit, what does the powder do...
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    Why unscented bleach?

    Hi all, I recently switched to LC from tablets, I just get the 2.5 gal refills from Pinch a Penny. However I like to know why things are the way they are, and I didn't find an answer after a forum search or reading "How To Chlorinate your Pool" in Pool School. So when using bleach, why...
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    Running pump with return jets out of water?

    Hi all, I am in the middle of a pool re-fill because I had to get rid of some water due to high CYA and algae growth... so before I started a shock/slam I wanted to get rid of some CYA so I could use less bleach. Anyways, the point... if I have the pump pulling from the main drain and the...
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    Help Identify a pool light?

    Hi all, I am looking to figure out my pool light. It does work fine and I know it's a low voltage light because of the transformer. I just don't like it. It's not bright enough for my liking and I wish it was a different tint/color. I wan't to say it is a halogen lamp in it now, it has a...
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    New Pool Owner in Central Florida!

    Hi All! First time pool owner here and soaking up (pun intended) everything I can read about pools at the moment. Coming here for advice and other guidance. I have read the Pool School as well as another site, Swim University cover to cover. I have included my pool info in my signature. My...
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    New Pool Owner, rust on bottom and general cleaning

    Good morning all, New pool owner here, I am working to get a grasp on how to properly clean the pool. It is a concrete in-ground pool and the fine folks over at Pinch a Penny estimated it to be about 10,000 gallons. First Problem: It looks like the previous owners left metal in the pool...