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Playing Hide N Seek with an Above Ground Pool Leak

Grass

This little cat and mouse game that I’m playing with my vinyl pool liner is getting a bit old. As mentioned in a post quite some time ago  I discovered there was a leak in my above ground pool. Every two to three days I had to add water to the pool or else the [...]

Is it Absolutely Necessary to Use Algaecide?

Clean Pool

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

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

Grounding Wire

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?

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 bottom [...]

Be Careful with Pool Chemical Test Strips (Especially AquaChek)

AquaCheck

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 [...]

Why is My Pool Water pH Rising?

pH and Total Alkalinity

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?

Chlorine Test

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 pool’s chemistry so much. I’d regularly added algaecide once a week, a bottle and a half of Baquacil every week or [...]

Oooh Baby, I’ve Got Clear Pool Water!

Pool Bottom Drain

After a couple of days of applying a full-court press, I am seeing a big difference in my pool water. Recovering from green cloudy pool water isn’t hard, but it does take diligence and time. When I checked the water this morning I was impressed with its clarity but felt it could still get just [...]

Pool Water Progress Has Been Made!

Pool Bottom Drain

It’s around 8:00 PM and I went to do my final filter cleaning for the night and didn’t need to! If you have been following this blog, you know I’ve been cleaning a very dirty neglected pool. I’ve been working on clearing my green cloudy water (now that I’ve removed all of the decaying leaves) [...]