algaei behind Pool Light Niche

Splitshot

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Apr 19, 2017
30
Hillsborough New Jersey
So on Monday, 5/1 I have someone coming over to replace my pool light. I know that algae lurks behind it, I haven't done my slam yet. My question is:

Can I drop the pool light out of the niche and leave it out while I SLAM? Do you think I will have enough time to complete the SLAM?

Or should I just brush out the niche when they drop the light kit out to replace it and SLAM when its all put back together?

A side question if anyone wants to chime in, How do I clean out my side pool ladder tubes to make sure none of that pesky algae from last year is lurking in them.

Thanks to all who respond in advance.
 

Texas Splash

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Can I drop the pool light out of the niche and leave it out while I SLAM? Or should I just brush out the niche when they drop the light kit out to replace it and SLAM when its all put back together?
Either really. Some folks have been known to leave the light out and sit it up on the decking for a few days (turn-off the light breaker). That's what I would do if I could. However, others might clean it out really well then reassemble. I suspect you could do whichever way works best for you based on the maintenance you're having done on the light. Simply getting back there at all is a huge deal and should help quite a bit.

As for the ladder, it may depend on the brand and how accessible the parts are - side rails and each step/rung. Some can be disassembled, others may have to be poked and cleaned with a tool that can get in those tight spots. Some folks may try to disassemble it and soak in a stronger bleach formula somewhere else (kiddie pool). Perhaps some other creative replies will come in.
 

Splitshot

Active member
Apr 19, 2017
30
Hillsborough New Jersey
I can leave the light out. The entire assembly and wiring are being replaced, the seals are bad, 18 yr old light kit. It fogs up and water gets in and trips the GFI so out it goes.
The ladder is the four step over the side kind with chrome/stainless tubes and a rubber plug for feet that rest against the side wall of the pool. I replaced the steps 4 yrs ago because of the caked algae under them but neglected to consider the inside of the tube. Maybe I can pour the bleach into the tubes and plug them up with the feet and let is soak/sit for a few days. All responses welcome:D