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How should I remove the water from my pool cover?

Winter is finally over, and it's time to remove the cover from my above ground pool. However, snow and rain have left quite a bit of water on the cover. I see three options Pull the cover off, ...
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Can I rejunvenate a rubber o-ring?

I have a couple of o-rings in my swimming pool's filter/pump system that are leaking a touch. This is a 4 year old system so things are getting worn and the o-rings are a bit cracked.This is the final ...
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How do I troubleshoot my pool filtration system?

What are the basics for Diagnanimous Earth Pool Maintenance? This is all new to me. Everything was working fine until today when I noticed that I'm not getting any pressure rating on the filtration ...
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What should I know before plastering a concrete pool?

These two videos do not make it seem extremely difficult to replaster the pool for, say me and a friend: Swimming Pool Plastering Process (YouTube) Marble Dusting A Pool Also Known As Pool ...
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Pool paint questions, priming, epoxy,

We are repainting our pool, it has vinyl paint on it now,( we thought it was acrylic) the pool supply company said we can use epoxy paint( last longer) over it as long as we use fusion primer, which ...
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Should I drain my winterized pool after a large rainstorm?

I just installed a safety/mesh winter cover and closed my pool. Over the past month we've had a few big rain storms so the water level is already at the skimmer. Winter hasn't even arrived yet and ...
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Do I need to ground my pool?

I am have a concrete pool installed and the builder attached a ground cable to the rebar before spraying the concrete. He told me it is up to us whether we want to ground it or not. Given the lights ...
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How to remove old plastic pool deck sleeves

How to remove old plastic pool deck sleeves. 1 1/4" hole in concrete. Sleeve is 4" deep. Broken at the top, no flange left on top.
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Is this Fafco valve actuator actually a Jandy?

My pool's solar panel valve actuator is not working any more. The temperature panel lights up but the valve seems broken. It doesn't move and I can't manually adjust the handle. I bought the house a ...
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Replacing Kool decking

I want to replace my cracked and bumpy Kool deck. What do I need to do to take it completely off my pool deck?
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What to do about particles floating in pool?

We just bought a home with a pool. I've done a bit of research online, and feel pretty comfortable with the system, but one thing is bugging me. Regardless of how long I leave our pump on (sometimes ...
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What are the potential hazards of converting to a saltwater pool?

We are thinking of converting our pool from chlorine to saltwater, but we've heard and read some things about possible issues with the lining or other things breaking down over time due to the salt. ...
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What is the Best mixture ratio of Portland cement Quartz sand and bonding agent for under water application

I'm installing a ceramic mosaic in the bottom of my concrete pool and wondering what is the best mixture of white Portland cement Quartz sand and a bonding agent to apply this mosaic. Can I just use ...
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How can I remote control a switch for a pool pump?

I want to be able to start and stop two pool pumps by remote control, independently. Each one works at 220V, 1 kW (i.e. around 5A, expect a current spike when starting.) Do you know an off the shelf ...
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How can I repair the cool deck around the pool?

In places around the pool the cool deck has flaked off and I can see the bare concrete. The previous owner tried to patch it in places but it looks horrible because the texture AND color don't match. ...
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How to calculate cutting angle for a circle of tiles?

I'm looking to calculate the angle I need to cut on square tiles that will be arranged around the edge of a circular pool. Given that radius is 7' and that tile width is 12", how many tiles are ...
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How long should I run my pool pump for?

How frequently/long for should I run my pool pump? it's a standard single speed 1.5 hp electric motor pump. I've heard different answers from various people and I am left wondering what is correct. ...
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Can I warm up a swimming pool by submerging black-painted milk jugs in it?

I know they make solar covers for pools, but I that is a bit of a pain to put on and take off all the time and my cover (from a well known manufacturer) from last year was easy to rip and became ...
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How do I build a sound dampening box for a pool filter?

I have a pool filter next to my house in the 1.5m between my house and the boundary. I'd like to build a box around it to dampen the sound a bit. I will still need periodic access to the filter for ...
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Pool pump plug trips when GFCI outlet receives power

I have a GFCI outlet out by my pool. I have a timer switch inside that sends power to that outlet. My pool pump has a plug that is GFCI (I assume that is what a plug is called it has a test and reset ...
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How much water should be on my pool cover?

I just covered my above ground pool, following the instructions supplied with the cover. Inflate pillow to about 50%. Install pillow in middle of pool using supplied leads. Drape cover over ...
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Leaving a pool covered for a season and through another winter

So over the course of the year we've been remodeling the house and left the pool covered for the season. With winter approaching I'm curious to know if I should pump out all of the now green water ...
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troubleshooting a hot tub/spa that won't heat up

We have a Hotsprings/Watkins brand hottub/spa that came with the house we bought last September. At the time that we bought it, the hot tub appeared to work and heat up properly. However, now that ...
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How can I figure out which valves should be open?

Just had my DE filter replaced with a cartridge filter. The pipes going to the motor have three valves. Since the replacement I am losing water and can't remember which of the valves should be open ...
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What type of underlayment should I use for an above ground pool?

I recently bought a non-inflatable, steel frame above ground pool (12 ft diameter, 3 ft depth). I want to set it up on a slab of concrete, but I have a couple of concerns about the wear on the bottom ...
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Can I use a pool pump to drain a shallow well?

I have a shallow well with a broken pump at the bottom that I need to service. The local classifieds are saturated with pool pumps and I got the idea to use one of those, but I'm not sure about ...
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Covering an above ground pool indefinitely

We bought a house with an above ground pool 3 years ago and never opened the pool. We just opened it and the water is brown and about 1/3 full. There's dirt, leaves and just dirty/stained in general. ...
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How can I level concrete pavement for an above-ground pool?

I want to set up an above-ground pool (14' round) on my back yard. There is a relatively good place for it, where there are concrete slabs, however, there are two problems: The slabs are not level. ...
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Metals in pool turn water green after adding shock, what's the solution?

Our pool hasn't been opened in 4 years. We are finally in the process of resurrecting it from the dead, and have spent a lot of elbow grease (and tears) to get it to the point its currently at. Last ...
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How long can a concrete pool stay without the water?

After draining the pool, how long can it stay empty. In other words, how much time do I have to work on it, before it is not safe? I heard opinions that concrete pools can't stay long without the ...
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How do I keep my pool water clean without nasty chemicals?

Is there a chemical-free way to keep pool water safe and healthy, that is without chlorine or bromine? How about using UV radiation to sterilize the water?
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Is the thickness of glass tile important in pool installations? If so, would thicker be better?

I have a gunite pool which desperately needs resurfacing. I'm seriously considering going with glass tile mosaics for the entire thing. What I'm somewhat confused about is whether I should be looking ...
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How do I unclog a clogged swimming pool vacuum?

I have a swimming pool which I was vacuuming the other day. Unfortunately, I accidentally vacuumed some larger items (leaves, paper, etc) which caused the whole mechanism to clog, i.e., I can no ...
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Repairing cracked fiberglass pool steps

I have a roughly 6" crack on one of my top fiberglass pool steps that slowly allows the water level to drain below the optimal level for the skimmer. I've found some years old suggested techniques ...
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How long should I run my pool filter per day?

I'm trying to determine how long I actually have to run my pool filter per day, but my maths are not adding up. Most places on the internet (that I've come across), recommend 8-12 hours per day. The ...
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Can I overtigthen the screws on my pool's skimmer basket

I have an in ground pool which has been losing water too fast recently (about an inch a day). The water level will drop until it is below the skimmer basket, and then it's a more reasonable loss rate ...
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Pool pump wiring - 115v motor okay with L5-20 125V 20A Receptacle?

I have a pool pump that I recently bought used to replace a failing pump. The motor is rated for either 115v or 230v (low/hi switch) operation. My previous pump was wired with a 12 gauge line to a ...
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What does this concrete pool surface look like?

This is a surface of a concrete pool after an acid wash. I first thought it is plaster covered with paint, but then, by the feel and look of it, it does not seem to be paint. Hence I have several ...
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Should a concrete pool look like this after an acid wash?

I'd like to redo after the contractor who did an acid wash of my pool: But before I start, I'd like to understand (since I have never seen the pool acid washed before): is that what "the product" ...
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How do I smooth a concrete pool surface after an acid wash?

After an acid wash, the surface of the pool is very rough. What should I do to smooth it out?
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Is PebbleTec / PebbleSheen pool surface worth the extra cost? Any alternatives? [closed]

First time pool owner in the process of resurfacing a 15 year old pool. We're getting sold hard on the PebbleSheen finish, but I'm not convinced it's worth the bump in cost. In searching online, it ...
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Pool skimmer drain suction

I have 15k gallon pool with a 1.5hp pump, 1 skimmer and 1 drain. I have a Float valve assembly over the skimmer. If the skimmer is fully open does that mean there is no suction in the drain? I don't ...
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What are the basic differences between a mesh and regular/iron pool fence?

I'm about to move into a house and need to fence the pool before I move the family in. In searching the web I find that pool fences seem to fall into two categories: mesh or iron. What are the ...
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How can I bend wire that is too thick to manage easily?

Such a silly question but please help me! The wires leading to my pool pump are probably 10 or 12 gauge. When i bend them in a loop i cant get them around the screw because there is no give to the ...
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Can using two hoses deliver more water?

I'm filling a pool, and looking to speed up the process. I have two hose bibs, and wonder if I'm really gaining anything (and how much) by using both? The house is supplied by a 3/4" line. This tees ...
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Rebuilding a pool pump… where does this part go?

I've successfully replaced the bearings on my Whisperflo pump, and now I'm ready to put the bells back on the ends. (It's actually an aftermarket replacement motor, not the original Pentair motor, but ...
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How to clear pool filter pressure gauge that is stuck?

I've got an in-ground pool, and a DE filter from Jandy. The pressure gauge is in an assembly bolted to the top. The assembly looks like something like this (image from catalog, mine is pretty much ...
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What is involved in DIY swimming pool maintenance?

We moved into a new house last year and when cleaning out the pool shed last weekend I stumbled across a report that was done by a business that handles swimming pool maintenance. It checked ...
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Do I need to ground my above ground pool / with saltwater system?

I just bought a 21'x52" above ground pool. I am going to use a saltwater system with it. Do I need to ground this pool ?
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Do I need to do anything to protect my pool during a rare freeze?

I have an small inground pool in the backyard. I live in central Florida, so it doesn't get too cold around here very often. However, tonight there is supposed to be a hard freeze (24°F for 4-7 hours) ...