New IG build League City, TX

tldude876

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Jan 3, 2018
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League City, TX
That still might not have been enough! LOL



I will definitely be posting his info to anyone that wants it. I plan on writing up a few online reviews as well. Thank you for your help as well!!!



Thanks tldude! Maybe we could meet up sometime since we live in the same small place. I appreciate all of your help along the way.

The SWG just got turned on today. Any tips, tricks or ideas I need to be aware of? I know he dumped in 7-bags of salt and said to give it 48-hrs to for the reading to level out. He also left the chlorinator at 50%. He said he would send me some chart(I assume about salt and chlorine output but my wife couldn’t remember). I’ll check the chlorine level in the morning and see what 50% at 8hrs does. Too high back it down and too low turn it up? Sound about right?
Sure thing man. I've had my SWG set at 30% and have been running the pump for about 6 hours a day over the "winter". So far, I've only been testing the ph level at home and I do a test at Leslie's every two weeks. My tests are always good with the exception of the ph being slightly high a few times which is easily remedied with acid. I figure when summer rolls around and there's more activity I'll need to switch things up. We can definitely meet up anytime and share tips. I'll pm you my cell number.
 
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Jbrillo

Jbrillo

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Jun 11, 2018
225
League City, Texas
My SWG just got turned on so I’m still in the process of dialing in the right percentage. I’m at 55% and my FC has been 3-4.5 but it’s not consistent b/c I had to run my pump longer the last two days to mix some chemicals. I hope to get back to normal pump run times the next few days so I can finish dialing it in.
 

kimkats

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Jul 10, 2012
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Tallahassee, FL
Remember to keep some liquid chlorine around or know where there is some close to buy. Your SWG is good aT maintaining FC but it is not so good a pushing the FC up if needed for some gross reason-poop, dead animal and yucky stuff like that :( Also if your water temp drops too low (some 60, some 50) the SWG will not work.

Kim:kim:
 

GusGus

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Aug 17, 2018
34
League City/TX
Thanks GusGus!

How is your project coming along?
Thank you for asking
Mine is hold due to a aerial easement letter of encroachment I'm waiting on. :( Once received I will be able to pull my permit and schedule all the work. So for now just trying to figure out all the things I might have missed and learning about water.
 
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Jbrillo

Jbrillo

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Jun 11, 2018
225
League City, Texas
Kim,

I've got some liquid chlorine on hand just in case. It's getting kind of old though. It was from a batch made in October. I may have to swap those out soon. It'll be 6mos. old in March. I did check on my SWG. It will produce chlorine as long at the water temp. is above 50-degrees.

GusGus,

Good luck with your easement issue! Keep us updated.
 
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Jbrillo

Jbrillo

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Jun 11, 2018
225
League City, Texas
Ran my weekly tests today.

pH 7.8
FC 7(I shut off my pump a few hours early today to try to compensate)
CH 275
TA 90
CYA 50
Salt. 3100
Temp 67
CSI. -0.11

My CH is only 275(below the recommended 350) but my CSI is good at -0.11. My question is: do I need to worry about elevating my CH to 350 or is OK to keep it at 275?
 

kimkats

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My guess is your CH may push up on it's own due to the newness of your plaster. I think with your CSI where it is your are good right now. Keep a close eye on your water temps. Do some playing with pool math to see what each 5 degree does to your numbers.

Kim:kim:
 
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Jbrillo

Jbrillo

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Jun 11, 2018
225
League City, Texas
Good idea turning SWG to 0! I’ll try that this weekend.

I plugged in different temps all the way up to 95 and the CSI only goes up to 0.14. That’s still good. I guess I will keep at 275 and just keep an eye on it for now.

I was thinking of keeping my CYA at 50 for now. It’s still cool down here. I know 70 is recommended for plaster pools with SWG’s but I was thinking of keeping it there till summer rolls around and see what happens with my FC. I’m afraid of over shooting my CYA levels as I don’t want to have to drain any water to reduce high CYA levels. What do you think?
 

kimkats

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Jul 10, 2012
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Tallahassee, FL
I like what you are doing. You have really learned what is what and how it all works together! Good job. Keep an eye on big weather events to see how they affect your pool's numbers too. You are really learning this pool stuff! SWEET

Kim:kim:
 
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Jbrillo

Jbrillo

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Jun 11, 2018
225
League City, Texas
I owe all to you, Kim, and the wonderful TFP community!!!! Pool school, pool math, and forum members have all contributed to my education and it is very much appreciated. I’m sure summer will change everything when people will be in and out of the water constantly. I plan on passing on what I’ve learned to others as I continue to learn myself.
 
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Jbrillo

Jbrillo

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Jun 11, 2018
225
League City, Texas
Had our first heavy rainfall since the pool was filled. The water level was just past the bottom of the coping. Our city doesn’t allow overflow lines but they do require backflush lines. Needless to say I had to backflush for the first time ever. I just had to turn a valve and drain. It drained quickly and I watched it like a hawk to avoid draining below skimmer level. Now I’ll have to check tomorrow to see how much it’s jacked with my chemistry. Well, that was interesting and a little scary.
 
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Jbrillo

Jbrillo

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Jun 11, 2018
225
League City, Texas
I don’t know why they don’t allow overflow lines. What’s the difference between that and me draining it manually? Except that I have to turn a valve and turn on my pump to drain. Well at least I know what to do now. I can’t lie, I had to watch my pool school video to be sure I turned the right valve the right direction.
 

kimkats

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Jul 10, 2012
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If you ever leave the house for vacy or such you might want to make notes with pics for someone that can pop over to do pool care just in case you get some big rain while you are gone! Work with what you have and make the best of it no matter how silly they are about the difference :roll:

Kim:kim:
 
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Jbrillo

Jbrillo

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Jun 11, 2018
225
League City, Texas
That is a good idea! Unfortunately I’m not going anytime soon! But will keep that in mind.

Checked my chemistry this afternoon and I was afraid it’d be out of whack after all the rain and draining of water.
To my surprise it’s pretty much the same:

ph 7.8
FC. 8.5
CC. 0
CH 275
TA 90

Not bad at all. Turned down the SWG % to 10. Will recheck chlorine tomorrow.