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2000 gals is a lot for a couple of 1" tabs to chlorinate. I put one to two tablets into a 350-gallon hot tub and sometimes even that isn't enough to maintain proper chlorination. I'd be looking at one to two 3" tablets for pretty much anything you'd call a "pool". The short answer to your question is, yes, you want to put a "start-up" dose of chlorinating ...


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Still chlorinated, but if handling chemicals is the issue, how about a salt water pool? The alternative I've seen pushed is copper-oxygen system. I can't say how effective it is, but last I checked it is not approved by the EPA for sanitizing water. I've also read that they take more attention and care. Just based on experience having a pool in full ...


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In my experience, most horror stories of pool maintenance are usually the result of neglect, or not paying attention to the instructions. It's not that hard, but expect to spend an average of 10-15min per day checking on your pool, adding chlorine, clearing out leaves in the skimmer, etc. Also, once a week, expect to spend some extra time ...


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I'm not clear on how some milk jugs are going to heat the pool. Most of the light will have scattered before it reaches the submerged jugs. Plus the surface area is going to be minuscule compared to the pool area, unless you have thousands of jugs. Finally, I thought one of the main benefits to a pool cover was to reduce evaporative heat loss. Underwater ...


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I never knew that pool rebar was grounded or bonded, so I did a search and found what looks to be a pretty good article on the subject: http://www.poolspanews.com/2009/051/051grid.html The lights in the pool may be 12V, but you've certainly got a transformer for those lights, a pump, and possibly other stuff in the pool area that is at line voltage, and ...


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Salt pool and baquasil are your two best options. (although technically salt is chlorine) Remember, you're trying to kill all living things in the pool. "no chemicals" and "no living things" tend to be mutually exclusive.


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There are many different solutions depending on how much you'd want to spend, how much DIY you want to do, and what exactly you are trying to achieve. I would not try to directly switch this load: inductive loads generate voltage spikes when switching them, which can damage electronics and such that are not designed to handle it. They also have high in-rush ...


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As others have said milk jugs are too small and much of your heat loss is due to evaporation. An alternative would be to build these "lily-pad-pool-warmers". They are basically hoola hoops with black plastic sheeting stretched across them. You make a bunch of them and then float them on the pool. How much good they do will depend on how much of the ...


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When I was a kid, my much older brother heated the pool in his backyard by running a bunch of black painted pvc pipe to and fro on the fence, and then plumbed it into the filter system.


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I believe the pressure loss depends on the flow rate. There will be some loss of pressure. To avoid it you need 2" copper pipe or multiple parallel 1/2" pipes (probably more than 16).


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I would expect more water to flow unless you have extremely low water pressure. You have a 3/4" line and all the water pressure of either a municipal water system or a water pump. Splitting that into two lines will not likely double the flow rate as there is a pressure drop, but it should increase the total flow rate considerably. I would expect it to almost ...


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To repair cool deck flaking (not cracks in concrete): Step One: All of the flaking or cracked texture needs to be removed. This is accomplished by using a scraper in conjunction with a high pressure washer. If the flaking is excessive and severe it may not be necessary to use the pressure washer. Bottom line is the old patch needs to be removed to expose ...


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If you do not have trees or other things that put debris in the pool, it is not necessary to run the pump all the time. You can install a timer on the electric line to the pool pump and set it to run less. This will save on your electric costs and increase the life of the pump. The amount of time you have to run it a day depends on the conditions.


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Your iron fence, like this: ... Is the more traditional choice. A fence like this is going to be very durable, generally only requiring a coat of oil paint every few years and replacing minor touches like the caps on the posts. These are also generally more aesthetically pleasing as they are typically installed as part of the overall decor of the pool. ...


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In general the point is to filter your water. If you want to be sure about it, check the volume of your pool, and the flow rate of your pump. Run it long enough to go through that much volume 1-2 times a day. In practice, that's probably around 6-8 hours. Make sure your chemistry is good, and then try it. If it looks nice for a few weeks, try lowering ...


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YES YES YES... All metal parts should be grounded and bonded together.(to eliminate and voltage differential between separate metal parts) Just do it so you won't have "what if" thoughts every time you look at the ungrounded parts.


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I removed our pool cause the maintenance just wasn't worth it - especially when the liner died and I learned it would take about a grand to replace it, but this is what I do remember. Any local swimming pool supply store will sell testing kits and the necessary chemicals. They will also be able to tell you what chemicals are used depending on the results ...


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This is the link you need: http://thepoolcalculator.com/ It describes basic chemistry, and has a calculator you can specialize for your pool. I personally maintained my pool with bleach, borax, baking soda, and stabilizer for years. This is the cheapest way to go, but it's a significant time commitment. Any pool supply store can help you get started, ...


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I'm not totally sure about salt water, but I don't think it poses any special problem. I would give the threads 2 or 3 wraps, then also coat the female threads with pipe joint cement, not plumber's putty. Save the plumber's putty for drains and escutcheons.


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This is a popular way of remotely controlling a dust collection vacuum in a wood workshop. Sounds like what you are looking for.


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I don't think you'd want to use salt for a couple of reasons: if you have any rebar in there, salt will increase corrosion salt will affect the concrete mix, possibly badly affecting strength Instead, use one of the polymer grip additives designed for this purpose - they can be very cheap, and some are transparent so do not affect the appearance of the ...


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I have a bit of paranoia when it comes to electricity (took a few volts when I thought something WAS grounded but wasn't) so when it comes to things like that I always play it safe. If it's not going to cost you a ton of money, I'd do it just for safety sake. The lights may only be 12 volt but you never know in the future what you'd want to put around the ...


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Is there something wrong a standard Propane Pool Heater? http://search.intheswim.com/?q=propane%20pool%20heater Some of the gas heaters linked above also have sizing guides and model info that can help you pick a heater large enough for your pool. Keep in mind that even with gas heat it usually takes 24h to warm the pool, so you don't turn on the heat and ...


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The first issue you need to address is why is the base eroding in the same place time after time? The large majority of above ground pools survive many years with a leveled sand base. The probable reasons for your erosion problem is an unstable base, misguided water runoff or the base is a bit too high in relationship to the surrounding area allowing runoff ...


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If you can't add parallel paths through the heater as @redgrittybrick suggests, add a bypass with 2" pipe and a throttling valve. The valve will let you balance overall flow vs heat gain. The bypass arrangement will lessen the strain on your pump seals and motor.


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I have a feeling your design looks like this: You should do this instead: If you make 16 parallel copper circuits, that would have an equivalent cross-section or a 2 inch pipe. However, I would probably do more like 20 circuits because all of those bends are going to introduce additional pumping/pressure losses and the extra circuits will make up for ...


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Let us start with some basics of how the pool plumbing works. This picture helps to show the basic connectivity of a typical swimming pool system. (Picture borrowed from website) Note that not all pool setups have two separate pipes to draw water from the skimmer or main drain and bring it up to the to the pump station as shown above. On some the main ...


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Run the pump. If you have a pool cover, put it on. The pool itself stores a lot of heat. Moving water is much harder to freeze than water standing still.


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From my personal and professional experience with Saltwater Pools with "Salt Chlorine Generators" on them has always been positive. I will bullet point some information to help you ensure its a positive experience: Correct Installation: The Salt Chlorinator Systems have 2 main parts. A "Salt Chlorine Generator Cell" that is spliced into the return side ...



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