Archive for July, 2010

clean pool
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Is it Absolutely Necessary to Use Algaecide?

Hmm, I don’t know. If you have read a post or two on this blog you’ll know that my pool had brown, dirty, murky water with a colony of frogs living in it at one time. It’s now crystal clear and swimmable. It took a lot of work, diatomaceous earth, chlorine, shock, leaf scooping, vacuuming […]

Oh No, The Pool Has a Leak
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Oh No, The Pool Has a Leak

Q: How do you find and fix a leak in your above ground pool? A: I don’t know. At this point in time, until I find it, it’s something I’ll just have to live with. How to be Sure There’s a Pool Leak This is a true no brainer. When you find your water levels […]

Don’t Forget to Ground the Pump
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Don’t Forget to Ground the Pump

Here’s a tidbit of advice that is probably unnecessary for most pool owners, but I found out quite by accident that my pool pump wasn’t grounded. Let me back up a bit. I originally had a Sta-Rite pool filter and pump, but I threw it away. A couple of years later my neighbor was selling […]

Why Isn’t the DE Sticking to My Hayward Filter Fingers?
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Why Isn’t the DE Sticking to My Hayward Filter Fingers?

I don’t know if it’s a common question, but it sure is a question that crossed my mind when I was cleaning up my dirty pool. Because I had to regenerate and change the DE so often, I was wondering why every time I opened the filter housing the dirty DE was sitting at the […]

AquaChek Test Strips
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Be Careful with Pool Chemical Test Strips (Especially AquaChek)

Because of my anal nature, I use both the AquaChek test strips and my chemical kit. The test strips are good for a quick down and dirty indication of my pool water chemical balance, but I usually follow it up with my Swimline Pool Test Kit.  The drops in the Swimline kit are usually more […]

pH and TA
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Why is My Pool Water pH Rising?

I’ve figured out how to get my chlorine levels to stabilize, more or less, in my pool, but how do I get my pH levels to remain within range. It seems that the numbers rise almost daily. I’ve been adding pH Decrease (which is basically muriatic acid) to bring the pH levels down only to […]

Where Did My Pool’s Chlorine Go?
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Where Did My Pool’s Chlorine Go?

After doing all of the hard work in getting the pool clean, now I seem to have a situation with disappearing chlorine. Back when I used Baquacil, I don’t remember fooling around with the pools chemistry so much. I’d regularly added algaecide once a week, a bottle and a half of Baquacil every week or […]

Dirty Pool Water
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Why is My Hayward EC40 DE Filter Not Working?

This is a common question. The scenario goes something like this: You turn on your filter, the water flow is great but shortly thereafter, anywhere from 2 minutes to 15 minutes or more, you notice the water flow slows down. If left alone the flow coming from your Hayward EC40 DE filter all but stops.