Pool company guy screwed up...

Pperc15

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May 17, 2019
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And sorry to be a bother still - but is there data around high FC levels and damage to pool surfaces? I think that's the main argument people make against keeping FC levels between 6-8 with a CYA of 50. Is that more about pH or something else? And was told high CYA levels also damage pool surface, but not sure where that might come from.
 

justinc

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Apr 3, 2019
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Share this article with your friend. New Thinking: Chlorine/Cyanuric Acid In Balance - AQUA Magazine

The information comes from Robert Lowry. Here's a brief biography:

"During the last 44 years Mr. Lowry has co-owned two chemical manufacturing companies - Leisure Time Chemical and Robarb - and a publishing company - Service Industry News. He was technical director for the world's largest retailer of pool and spa supplies, Leslie´s, was technology officer for an ozone manufacturer, DEL Ozone and consultant to numerous corporations from DuPont, Olin, Nalco, Albemarle and FMC to small startup companies looking to enter the pool and spa industry.

He has written 17 pool and spa water chemistry books, published more than 175 technical articles, written 29 "white" papers, written a monthly column for a major trade publication, given more than 500 water chemistry seminars and has certified more than 2,500 students to be CPOs. In addition, he has formulated, invented, developed and introduced more than 111 new chemical products into the pool and spa industry. He has recently revised the IPSSA Basic Training Manual and the IPSSA Intermediate Training Manual and has developed 3 iPhone and Smartphone Apps. He is one of the leading chemical experts in the pool industry. "
 

Pperc15

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May 17, 2019
172
Philadelphia
Share this article with your friend. New Thinking: Chlorine/Cyanuric Acid In Balance - AQUA Magazine

The information comes from Robert Lowry. Here's a brief biography:

"During the last 44 years Mr. Lowry has co-owned two chemical manufacturing companies - Leisure Time Chemical and Robarb - and a publishing company - Service Industry News. He was technical director for the world's largest retailer of pool and spa supplies, Leslie´s, was technology officer for an ozone manufacturer, DEL Ozone and consultant to numerous corporations from DuPont, Olin, Nalco, Albemarle and FMC to small startup companies looking to enter the pool and spa industry.

He has written 17 pool and spa water chemistry books, published more than 175 technical articles, written 29 "white" papers, written a monthly column for a major trade publication, given more than 500 water chemistry seminars and has certified more than 2,500 students to be CPOs. In addition, he has formulated, invented, developed and introduced more than 111 new chemical products into the pool and spa industry. He has recently revised the IPSSA Basic Training Manual and the IPSSA Intermediate Training Manual and has developed 3 iPhone and Smartphone Apps. He is one of the leading chemical experts in the pool industry. "
thanks
 

Pperc15

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May 17, 2019
172
Philadelphia
Share this article with your friend. New Thinking: Chlorine/Cyanuric Acid In Balance - AQUA Magazine

The information comes from Robert Lowry. Here's a brief biography:

"During the last 44 years Mr. Lowry has co-owned two chemical manufacturing companies - Leisure Time Chemical and Robarb - and a publishing company - Service Industry News. He was technical director for the world's largest retailer of pool and spa supplies, Leslie´s, was technology officer for an ozone manufacturer, DEL Ozone and consultant to numerous corporations from DuPont, Olin, Nalco, Albemarle and FMC to small startup companies looking to enter the pool and spa industry.

He has written 17 pool and spa water chemistry books, published more than 175 technical articles, written 29 "white" papers, written a monthly column for a major trade publication, given more than 500 water chemistry seminars and has certified more than 2,500 students to be CPOs. In addition, he has formulated, invented, developed and introduced more than 111 new chemical products into the pool and spa industry. He has recently revised the IPSSA Basic Training Manual and the IPSSA Intermediate Training Manual and has developed 3 iPhone and Smartphone Apps. He is one of the leading chemical experts in the pool industry. "
Here is his reply:

Thank you for pointing out that he was chief technology officer for Del Ozone. That company fleeced more dollars off of pool owners than any other company I can think of.

Also, why has he invented so many chemicals for pools? It is pretty basic as I recall you saying previously. Monitor pH, alkalinity, cyanuric acid, chlorine and occasionally phosphates. You do not need 111 chemicals to do that.

Tri-Chlor tabs, shock, sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, muratic acid, phosphate remover. I kept pools spotless and equipment problem free for 10 years using those only 6 chemicals.

I guess I never tried to introduce 111 newpool chemicals and never needed to try toreinvent pool chemistry in order to sell them.
 

justinc

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Apr 3, 2019
585
Texas
You are wasting your time trying to convert him. Enjoy your pool. Let him fight with his.

If your friend actually read the article he would see that most of the info comes from this actual forum and has now been adopted by Mr. Lowry (who is very engrained in the "traditional"/"established" pool standard world.) The info comes from Richard Falk (referenced in the article, Chem Geek on this forum) and Ben Powell who is known by Pool Doc on another pool forum. Lowry now agrees with Trouble Free Pool's methodology and has adopted it as his own.

But again, sounds like your friend knows it all so why bother teaching him anything.
 
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Pperc15

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You are wasting your time trying to convert him. Enjoy your pool. Let him fight with his.

If your friend actually read the article he would see that most of the info comes from this actual forum and has now been adopted by Mr. Lowry (who is very engrained in the "traditional"/"established" pool standard world. He now agrees with Trouble Free Pool's methodology and has adopted it as his own.

But again, sounds like your friend knows it all so why bother teaching him anything.
The friend is in the industry, which I’m sure wouldn’t surprise you. He’s now said:

The science of introducing “111 new chemicals” into an industry that only basically needs 6 chemicals?

Or are you referring to the relationship of CYA and FC? You are not telling me anything I don’t already know about CYA. Buy the proper chemicals and it does not become an issue for about 10 years.

Pro-tip: not all chlorine tabs are created equal, even though they have the exact same concentration of components in them.


You can have zero issues with pools from 30-100. I cleaned pools with 1000ppl weekend bathing loads and never had a single algae bloom or illness reported.

I am out of the cleaning game and buying chemicals now but you will need to research that yourself. Do not let that distract you from the fact that I check the chemistry on every pool I go to and the ones that experience the vast majority of issues all have a commonvariable. It is not low pH either.

 

mknauss

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Sand filters with massive back washes very often. If you change out lots of water often, you can use all the trichlor you want.

In many areas, that much water exchange is frowned upon.
 
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Pperc15

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People can use tablets in the same pool for 10 years and never develop a CYA problem? :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:
That and the not all all tablets are the same but same ingredients thing killed me. He wouldn’t answer when I said he was being cryptic. Said he didn’t owe me answers since he has spent so much time training.
 
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Pperc15

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May 17, 2019
172
Philadelphia
Sand filters with massive back washes very often. If you change out lots of water often, you can use all the trichlor you want.

In many areas, that much water exchange is frowned upon.
Maybe not in Texas. Also, my pool company was back washing weekly on my D.E. filter. I now know that was wrong.
 

Pperc15

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May 17, 2019
172
Philadelphia
Sand filters with massive back washes very often. If you change out lots of water often, you can use all the trichlor you want.

In many areas, that much water exchange is frowned upon.
This is a new one he just said:

“It has more to do with than just efficiency, it can stay at 10, 20, 30 psi (all pools are different) for months. If you are not back-washing, you are slowly crushing your internal filter components and that process can not be undone. You are looking at increased ongoing maintenance costs.”
 

Pperc15

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May 17, 2019
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Philadelphia
So, dealing with something new now. Found little chunks of white stuff sitting on the bottom of the spa. I was thinking that it’s the surface of the pool/spa continuing to deteriorate but not sure. I fished some out and took pictures as well. Was hard but a bit brittle - I could break it with my fingers. Any thoughts?

The color difference is from flash vs no flash.

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