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    Taylor testing

    Hi. I've been advised a few times about using Taylor tests instead of the clorox test strips that I have. I was on Amazon trying to shop for them but there was alot, they all had their specifics so i am lost. I don't have anything fancy, just an above pool from bestway size 14x42. So I'm pretty...
  2. E

    Red Quartz High In Iron? Will it stain?

    We are selecting the stone to cover the face of our spa. The stone will be partially submerged in the water as well as have a waterfall effect rolling over it. We picked out a reddish Quartz but want to make sure it won’t stain from the iron. Any experience or suggestions?
  3. K

    What Were We Thinking?!?!

    Hi, We decided to go the owner/builder route on our pool/spa and we are feeling completely overwhelmed. We are in Henderson, NV (suburb of Las Vegas) and are currently at a standstill. Excavation was completed in May and since then we have stared at a giant hole waiting for backordered pool...
  4. L

    Gunite leveling problem during build

    Hi. We are in the middle of a new build. Our pool is designed to have a deck that extends directly from our patio and is supposed to be level with our existing patio concrete (no step). Just found out today when tile and coping crew came out, that the excavation crew and gunite crew did not...
  5. J

    Pentair Intellichem Problems Help!

    My Pentair Intellichem had been working fine for close to a year, Now it is saying my orp is low, it is showing it at 250, and then when I go to my ORP settings, the Dosing line that is usually at the top doesn't even show up, and the middle line where it shows the gauge level just doesn't show...
  6. N

    Pool Valve Help

    Hello, i bought a home with an inground salt water pool, i am needing to vacuum but i have no clue how to tell which valve controls which skimmer/jet/drain, can someone assist me with the best way to find this out since they did not come labeled. I have one pump, one filter, a heater (which i...
  7. E

    Trying to fix brother in laws mistake

    I'm frustrated and idk what to do besides drain what we have so far and I don't want to if there's anyway I can go around it...so we have a 14x42 bestway pool. I set it up completely and all my brother in law had to do was bury the pavers, make sure it was level and start filling it. When I got...
  8. C

    HELP, I don’t know if I have mustard algae or sand in my pool and I’ve tried EVERYTHING to kill it if it’s Mustard algae.

    I’ve had “mustard algae” for a year and a half and have literally tried everything in the books to kill it and most things twice. We even changed the sand in our filter to zeolite and the laterals looked fine to us plus the seals and all. I get splotches of sand colored stuff in the bottom of my...
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    Salt reading is too low

    I have a aquatrol system, it's been reading low salt for a while. I read some of the other threads but usually people had old salt cells. Mine is very new, bought this March. I took it off and cleaned it this month it didn't have any residue. I've had my pool water tested at the store, and salt...
  10. Tinkertoy721

    High CYA, drained, now what?

    My husband and I bought our home last spring and it came with a pool that hadnt been opened in a year. The cover was ripped and the water was basically black. We removed the cover last summer because it was just shedding into the pool. We weren't living in the house yet so we couldn't devote...
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    I ran a DE filter for 6+ hours without DE powder

    I know, I know it’s really bad. I was helping someone open up their pool this summer and setting up a new DA filter and pump. I thought it was fine to not have DE filter but I was very wrong from what I’ve seen from other posts. We were reusing the old water from last year and it was dirty. I...
  12. D

    Metal in water

    So I have 18 round Passed overnight loss test after2 weeks Sand filter Using sock and polyfik and DE FC. 10 (slam level) PH. 7.2 TA. 60 CH. 60 Cya. 20-25 (can still see dot but cloudy) last year with my well the polyfil with bucket got so brown and all metal out. This year topped off and...
  13. swmasson

    Gas heater bypass - Rtn header leaking

    Hi Everyone, We had extreme weather here in Houston which resulted in my Jandy LXi heater leaking from the return header, I have the part on order but my pumps are off due to the water passing through the heater… I can’t figure out if I have a bypass! Can anyone tell from this photo if there...
  14. Jess_0991

    How To change Jandy pool light so each light is a different color?

    We have 3 Pool Lights and use a Jandy Aqua Link remote. I notice when we use the Control box, all of the lights can be different colors, though it doesn't let you pick which colors. When you use the AquaLink remote Every Light will be the same color. Is it possible to use the Remote to set each...
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    Help Is this mustard algae?

    I noticed some of this on the floor of my above ground pool i thought it was dirt but when i wiped it up it had a slimy texture, it was more green in color so i assumed it was regular algae i scrubbed, shocked and did use algaecide (on Monday) yesterday the pool looked good aside from a thin...
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    Pool Aerator???

    Hey guys, We just bought a house with a pool and it looks to have a spot in the pool for the aerator. However, when we go to the pump and filter area, i see nothing that can turn this feature on. The pump works great, the filter is working, the return jets in the pool are working. Ive tried...
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    Mustard Alge? Not sure if we killed it....

    Hi! I am a new pool owner and we had a professional open the pool and start us off. We were maitaining the chemicals in the pool and at first assumed the brown lines in the pool were sand(not sure from where) and let the robot vacum get them. After a week or two I realized it must be something...
  18. C

    Need help with pool construction / Pebbletec

    Hello, We are in the middle of having a new 16x28 concrete pool built. We have gone with Pebble Tec mini pebble - Tahoe Blue. We have been told that we can add in Portofino Glass into the Tahoe Blue mixture. We have not been able to find any pictures to show us what this would look like. Has...
  19. emmeaus

    HELP RESTORING partially buried AGP

    Ready to pull the trigger and finally fix our pool. We will be restoring and building a deck around with plans for a Cabana and an addition that will walk out to the pool. We installed it DIY 9 yrs ago and researched everything well, but it was before I found you great guys and gals- so I think...
  20. O

    I have no idea what I’m doing

    Just moved into this house with a pool I drained it because it was dull of mosquitos and hulk green water I don’t know how any of this works or what I need to do to fill it up no cracks in it or anything I just need help
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    I have no idea what I’m doing.

    Hey everyone! I’m new to TFP and have been reading and reading here over the last 48 hours. I’m a mom to 3 and a new pool owner and I’m lost. I set the pool up last year and it went fine. At the end of the season after the water turned yuck, I tried to drain the pool and apparently there’s a...
  22. northernpoolguy

    Equipment Replacement Advice

    Hi There, Hello from Toronto, Canada. I am looking to replace my pool equipment starting with my Sand Filter and my Hayward Super Pump (SP2607X10A). I have a very small kidney sized in ground pool 4000 USG (8 feet by 16 feet) that has 2 jets in the stairs (spa area) and 2 main jets. My pump...
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    AquaLink RS8 is turning things on

    My AquaLink RS8 is only programmed to only turn the primary pool pump on. I’ve noticed that’s been turning on other Aux (lights and waterfall) ports. I switched off the power breakers to see if it would reset it, but it’s still doing the same thing. Please help. Thank you!!!
  24. R

    New pool owner

    Ok so just to start I would like to say hind site is 20/20 but here we are. I was “talked into” buying a minimum maintenance pool by salesman. I have a 24ft x 52 in round above ground pool with inline power ionizer and printed vinyl liner. I was instructed to run the pentair sand pump about 12...
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    FC won’t go up

    Hello all, let me preface this by saying I’m using test strips right now and some data from my local pool store. I know I’ll need to get a proper kit soon. I haven’t been able to get my FC levels up, they were showing 0.3 ppm when I tested at the pool store and I had combined chlorine of about...
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    Bolts won’t come off of diving board help me please.

    What started as a quick bolt replacement quickly turned into hours of slamming a hammer at things and now I’m desperate...The bolts in my diving board seem to be rusted into the board it’s self and no amount of force can make the things come out. While researching I couldn’t find any board with...
  27. David&Robin

    New (to us) pool, and I don't see how it can possibly work as it should... Help!

    This will be our 2nd year in our new home, and my 2nd year (EVER) with a pool. Thanks to TFP, my 1st year was somewhat successful - but I've always been troubled by some facets of our ancient pool. 1 - Pump and Filter 2 - Skimmer 3 - Returns (Red arrows indicate attempted water flow...
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    Coping help for a newbie

    Bought a house in Massachusetts in the fall with a pool. Older liner and coping, but trying to not replace it for at least another few years. Have never owned a pool but always wanted one. Really can't find any info on how to potentially fix this one piece of coping that's popped. Any...
  29. elise0007

    YEAR LONG Pool Build and Cant Take It Any More! Help!

    I literally signed the contract to have my pool built a year ago- May 4th to be exact. I retrospectively understand my pool is not your simple build. There have been many concerns as a pool as small as mine should not take a year to build but I will get to the point... I was away on vacation...
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    Concrete Shell Leaks Pre-Plaster?

    Hi All, New to the pool game and we have a pool that is just about ready for PebbleTec. However, I’ve noticed that the gunite shell weeps water in multiple areas. Is this concerning? My mind takes me back to leaky basements and the answer never seemed to be just seal them from the inside, so...