Questions about residential swimming pools

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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 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) ...
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Should I superchlorinate a freshly filled pool?

I have a small (2000 gallon) pool that I recently filled. I put a couple of 1" chlorine tablets into the skimmer 24 hours ago, and even after running the pump all day, my test strips are not ...
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How can I prevent an above-ground pool underlayment from failing due to erosion at one location?

I have had an above ground pool since 2008. The pool was installed professionally. I have had to replace the liner 3 times, professionally installed as well. We have talked with the pool installer, he ...
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How can I efficiently heat a pool?

Continuously heating a pool can be expensive and the best ways to lower the cost are to have a cumbersome pool cover in addition to the equipment needed (solar or an AC-like heat pump). There must be ...
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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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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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Should I fix my swimming pool with plaster or a clorinated rubber?

I have below ground swimming pool. The plaster is cracking and pealing off. I need to apply new plaster or another type of coating. I am wondering whether it would be easier to apply a coating of ...
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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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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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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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Will I lose water pressure going from a 2“ pipe to a 1/2” pipe then back to 2"?

I have jimmied up a pool heater from an idea on YouTube, but just expanded it. I have a water line of 2" PVC, piped down to 1/2" copper, so it can run through a coil, then increased back to 2" PVC, ...
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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 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 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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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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Is it “OK” to have my pool heater and pump share a circuit?

I replaced a rusted out millivolt natural gas pool heater with a new model, but forgot to note that it needs an electrical connection as well (for vent,etc). I have a 240V line run out there for the ...
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Is plumber's putty or tape ok?

I have a brass spigot connected to a PVC pipe near the pump of my saltwater pool. There is a small leak and I was wondering if I can redo the connection using plumber's putty or tape. Would either ...
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Pool chemical balance - 0 FC and High CH, CYA

I have a 15,500 gallon inground plaster pool. I recently purchased the taylor 2006 kit. Doing the tests, this is what i got. FC 0 (the reason for the 0 chlorine is, we recently purchased the house ...
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How can I restore balance to my pool if I added too much algaecide? [closed]

We recently opened our above ground salt water pool. It is 27' diameter with 52" walls. Approx. 17,300 gals. We had a green pool on opening so after adjusting pH, shocking and adding salt(we had to ...
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How can I filter iron out of kiddie pool water?

Our well water is high in iron. In the house, we put salt with an iron remover into our water softener. The outside bibs don't run through the water softener, however. The other day we filled up the ...
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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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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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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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How do I remove a wiffle ball from a pool vacuum pipe?

A wiffle ball with a wad of string attached to it is stuck in the skimmer vacuum pipe of the pool at my Dad's place... It is not completely clogged, but flow is restricted. At a guess, the ball ...
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Should I use PVC or ABS pipes for a swimming pool control system?

I live in Southeast Idaho, an area with all four seasons. I have an in-ground pool with PVC plumbing which was sort of hacked together by the former owner. The system includes a solar heater on the ...
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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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Building a sunken tiled bath

I'm planning to build a sunken bath/wet room type shower. The plan is to raise the floor of the bathroom by 18" and then build a bath with its bottom just above the original floor level (to allow for ...
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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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Can salt be used to create a slip resistance surface in concrete?

Is it true that salt can be used to put a slip resistant surface in fresh concrete?
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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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What can I do to ensure my pool doesn't freeze?

I live about 8 miles north of the Gulf of Mexico. It will be in the low teens (below freezing) in the morning. It will be record setting, so I'm not sure what to expect. The pump and equipment is in a ...
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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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What underlay is used for installing pool tiles

Is it concrete? (i.e. cement and water) Is it some kind of special caulk? Is it something else?
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DIY pool heater - best methods? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I efficiently heat a pool? I have an in-ground pool at around 20,000 gallons and I live in the northeast (Maine). My pool gets direct sunlight for about half ...
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How often should I backwash my pool filter?

I have a pressure gauge on top of my DE filer: Recently the pool guy came out when the Zodiac wasn't pulling strong enough to climb the sides and showed me that the pressure was 35 and that the ...
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Is there a way to fix a leak in the pressurized side of a pool system without digging it up?

I have a pool that has a pretty bad leak on the pressurized side, and it's not in the backwash line nor in any line that is above ground. Right now I don't know which pipe has the leak in it, but I ...
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How do I use plumber's tape on a pool float?

The auto-refill float broke off my pool filler recently. I bought a new unit and I was just going to switch out the float part but the guy at the shop said to unscrew it from the pipe and swap out the ...
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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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How do I fix a chlorine feeder that's nearly impossible to open?

I've got an off-line Hayward chlorine tablet feeder on my pool (it has a 1/4" hose that taps off some water from the pressure side of the pump before the filter, and it outputs via 1/4" line to the ...
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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 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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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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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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Can I use an automatic pool cleaner designed for an above ground pool, in an inground pool? [closed]

I found a new Dirt Devil Pool Boy automatic pool cleaner for an above ground pool. However, I have an in ground pool, and I'm wondering what the difference is? Does it have to do with traction ...
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Replacing pool pump/plumbing etc. that is below the level of the pool

We need to rework some plumbing on a pool, and the level of the pool is 3-4' above the plumbing. Obviously we need to drain the pool, but the problem with that is that the valves aren't working, and ...
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Transparent cover on the water surface of a swimming pool

could please anybody tell me how it is called ? The swim pool in one of the episode of Californication had it. People were walking on it, it looked like there were going on the water surface. Then ...
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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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What materials could be used instead of cement for a water-tight trench

I'm trying to create a water obstacle to walk horses through - maybe even deep enough for them to swim through. I'm having trouble coming up with an idea for what to use to keep water in and have ...
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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 ...