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    Pool water and bird poop

    I took a quick look at the pool today and noticed that a bunch of birds had a "poop" party on a power line that runs above my pool. From what I could tell, there must have been at least 20-30 "droppings" floating on the surface and sitting on the bottom of my pool . I haven't had the chance to take a sample to see if any CC's have increased, but I don't expect much if any since the water temperature is close to 45 degrees. My concern is that if this happens in the heat of the summer, could I expect to have to shock the pool after such an event?
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    there coming after ya dave, looks like its time to move

    that happened alot during the summer here, never made much difference.

    i just vacumed it up, sampled, and shocked if needed, but never saw much of a spike, but that may be because i have more water than you .

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    Even if the numbers didn't justify it, I think I would shock just out of paranoia if I found a buch of bird poop in the pool.
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    Hmmmm, well, I never knew it would float.
    I'm not sure that knowledge will help me from this point forward, but, I have to admit, it's interesting to know.

    (Sorry, too much time on my hands)
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    I think I would shock also. It would make me feel better. What kind of a power line is over your pool?
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    lol i guess im gunna be shocking alot this summer then.

    but yea, i dont know if i would feel comfortable with a big powerline over my pool, windy day and alot of birds, and POP there goes the line of what ever voltage in to 11k gallons of water with you in it.

    or you can be like these guys and not care. throwing caution to the wind. notice the power strip floating on a pair of flip flops.
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    They definitely look like candidates for a Darwin Award!

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    Wow... talk about chlorinating the gene pool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    I never knew it would float.
    Me neither, I guess I've got some weight conscious birds eating "light"...HA!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hotrod30
    What kind of a power line is over your pool?
    Technically, I don't know what kind. Our subdivision has underground lines, so this is some sort of "primary" line that distributes among subdivisions, our property backs up to a drainage ditch (called a bayou in these parts) so, the county can put "stuff" back there. This power line is taller than your average neighborhood line, probably close to 100' high, but is still on a regular "treated tree trunk" pole. It's not directly above the pool, but when the wind is right, and birds are there......you get the idea!

    BTW, I noticed running my pump only 2 hrs a day and my Legend Platinum cleaner only 1 hr, took care of the poop in just 1 cycle. And I tested the water and had no CC and the FC has held steady for 3 days with no help from SWG (too cold).

    As far as these birds go, they are grackels (black rats with wings), which I didn't think were "migratory", but I've noticed they will congregate like this in huge flocks in the morning about two times per year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktdave
    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    I never knew it would float.
    Me neither, I guess I've got some weight conscious birds eating "light"...HA!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hotrod30
    What kind of a power line is over your pool?
    Technically, I don't know what kind. Our subdivision has underground lines, so this is some sort of "primary" line that distributes among subdivisions, our property backs up to a drainage ditch (called a bayou in these parts) so, the county can put "stuff" back there. This power line is taller than your average neighborhood line, probably close to 100' high, but is still on a regular "treated tree trunk" pole. It's not directly above the pool, but when the wind is right, and birds are there......you get the idea!

    BTW, I noticed running my pump only 2 hrs a day and my Legend Platinum cleaner only 1 hr, took care of the poop in just 1 cycle. And I tested the water and had no CC and the FC has held steady for 3 days with no help from SWG (too cold).

    As far as these birds go, they are grackels (black rats with wings), which I didn't think were "migratory", but I've noticed they will congregate like this in huge flocks in the morning about two times per year.
    do you have cable????

    that really sounds like a cable line for your house then, which i dont think can shock that badly. because we have under ground lines here too ( for hurricane purposes) and about 2 months ago we got notice of our cable lines (even though i have directv) being put under ground and they need to dig up our front lawn ( right after verizon came and dug it up to put fios wire in LOL), but if its a lone wire and all your electrical is under ground, thats what it sounds like, if you get curious enough, go CUT IT, with your hedge trimmer and see if you loose cable or not

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    Thunder,
    Where did you find that picture? Unbelievable!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DLSDO
    Thunder,
    Where did you find that picture? Unbelievable!!
    i found it off another forum, not sure where he got it. 8)

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    Where did you find that picture? Unbelievable!!
    Hey, that's me and my cousin, Vern.......over at his house riggin' up some music for a party.

    I know we could both lose a pound or two pounds and drink a little better beer but what's the problem?
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    Ain't that just another way to "SHOCK" the pool?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ktdave
    Ain't that just another way to "SHOCK" the pool?
    yea that will kill more than just germs, LOL.

    sometimes i just throw a car battery in to the pool when i run out of shock.

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    I'm not sure that this will help with your 100 foot tall powerlines, but maybe this idea will help others with animal problems.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Titanium
    I'm not sure that this will help with your 100 foot tall powerlines, but maybe this idea will help others with animal problems.
    That would be perfect, I just need to figure out how to rig it 100' in the air !
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    That would be perfect, I just need to figure out how to rig it 100' in the air
    Simply connect it to a lamp chord like me and Vern got in the pitchur!
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    I had this problem through the later part of summer (that would be fall for you Northerners). But the birds decided my waterfall would be a great bird bath. So they were constantly in the pooling water, playing and pooping. It was gross. I have no idea how to fix that issue.
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    If you rig some string or fishing line in the air above where the birds like to play they will usually stay away. They don't like being around obstructions that they might fly into.
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