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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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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 […] Read 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 […] Read More

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 […] Read More

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. […] Read More

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 […] Read More