Went from 24/7 to 4 hrs/day running pump

Household6

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Sep 15, 2013
569
Fayetteville, NC
We FINALLY got a timer installed for our pump. Went from running it pretty much 24/7 to running it from 10pm to 2am.

Questions:
-Will test results taken mid-day still be reliable?
- Because our pool is old and wonky (not level) we have a jet that’s aerating when the pump is running. Since that’s not happening except 4 hours per day now, I’m trying to get used how our ph is reacting. Yesterday at 10am TA was 70 and ph was 7.8 (perfectly where I like it). We had some heavy storms go through yesterday - got so much rain we had to dump some water via backwash last night to get below the top of the skimmers for circulation! This evening the TA is still 70, but ph has dropped to 7.2. Seems a bit much to me, but Under these conditions is this normal?
 

Wobblerlorri

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Liquid chlorine or bleach.

30 minutes?! Aw maaaan! That means I have to manually turn the pump on!
AND remember to turn it off!
Do what I do. Turn on the pump when you head outside, dose the pool, then sit in the convenient chair and enjoy the evening for 30 min. Take an adult beverage with you for even more relaxation. Then get up, take a sample, go back inside, and turn off the pump.

A nice relaxing time was had, and you can call it " handling issues with the pool, " in case anyone questions you.
 
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HeyEng

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We FINALLY got a timer installed for our pump. Went from running it pretty much 24/7 to running it from 10pm to 2am.

Questions:
-Will test results taken mid-day still be reliable?
- Because our pool is old and wonky (not level) we have a jet that’s aerating when the pump is running. Since that’s not happening except 4 hours per day now, I’m trying to get used how our ph is reacting. Yesterday at 10am TA was 70 and ph was 7.8 (perfectly where I like it). We had some heavy storms go through yesterday - got so much rain we had to dump some water via backwash last night to get below the top of the skimmers for circulation! This evening the TA is still 70, but ph has dropped to 7.2. Seems a bit much to me, but Under these conditions is this normal?
Is there a particular reason you picked those times? I know some electric companies have "off peak" rates, so if so I get it. Otherwise, you could schedule your four hours during a time you are at home and can test. I personally run ours from 9am-Noon and any testing is done around 10am, allowing plenty of time for "pre-mix" and for adding any chemicals.
 

Household6

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Sep 15, 2013
569
Fayetteville, NC
Is there a particular reason you picked those times? I know some electric companies have "off peak" rates, so if so I get it. Otherwise, you could schedule your four hours during a time you are at home and can test. I personally run ours from 9am-Noon and any testing is done around 10am, allowing plenty of time for "pre-mix" and for adding any chemicals.
EXACTLY. Trying to use the off-peak hours. I didn’t exactly look them up, but knew 10-2 should be in there.
Tks!
 
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Household6

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Sep 15, 2013
569
Fayetteville, NC
Do what I do. Turn on the pump when you head outside, dose the pool, then sit in the convenient chair and enjoy the evening for 30 min. Take an adult beverage with you for even more relaxation. Then get up, take a sample, go back inside, and turn off the pump.

A nice relaxing time was had, and you can call it " handling issues with the pool, " in case anyone questions you.
I like your thinking. If I decide to do mornings, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?
 
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