On Sun, 06 May 2012 13:15:47 -0500, inspections wrote:
Here's a better picture of the coating, I just took today:
The white part by the upper tile is soft and smooth.
The white part by the lower plaster is rough and sandpapery.
I can't tell what the white stuff is. If it's calcium, I've read that
acid washing isn't really for that (acid washing is to remove a thin
layer of plaster for refinishing or painting).
Also, the blue splotches are confusing me. I can't tell if the white is
covering the blue or if the blue has flaked off revealing white.
Can someone look at these pictures and give me advice as to what's
happening with the blue paint?
You know it's hard to tell but I'd guess it's (the blue stuff) dead
algae that is imbedded in the plaster. If it is, it's impossible to get
out without removing the plaster. It's hard to say because the previous
owners could have done (or not done) so many things.
I don't think draining in-ground pools is a good idea.
Something about them popping up.
Refill it, turn on the filter.
Don't worry about a little crap on the sides of the pool.
It's outside, it gets all kinds of crap in it all summer
I don't know the level of the water table but out here our wells are all
in the hundreds of feet range (like 500 feet deep) so if 'that' is any
indication, then the water table is deeper than the pool.
One thing I found about water lifting the pool out of the ground like a
boat was there is something called "hydrostatic plugs".
What would a hydrostatic plug look like so I can open them up?
Here's the pool - would the hydrostatic plugs be in here somewhere?
On Sun, 06 May 2012 10:10:15 -0400, Dan Espen wrote:
It was a green swamp!
I shocked it with $150 in chemicals and ran the two pumps (filter +
cleaner) for days until I finally gave up and figured I'd just replace
Once I drained it - I figured I'd clean it while I could for maintenance.
It shouldn't have taken $150 in chemicals.
Just liquid chlorine. A few gallons and you're done.
I've dealt with green pools this way more than once.
Sometimes it takes a while. If that happens, more chlorine.
How much is the water to refill the pool going to cost.
Oh well, water under the bridge.
On Sun, 06 May 2012 10:34:36 -0400, Dan Espen wrote:
I don't know yet.
I can either fill it from the well (paying for electricity at California
rates of 45 cents / KW hour) or pay someone to deliver 38K gallons.
For anyone who has had water delivered ... how much is 38K gallons anyway
I don;t know, but it's impossible that it's going to be
cheaper than running a well pump. 1 hp well pump
is probably around 7 amps, 240V, or 1.5kw. That's
75 cents an hour. If it pumps a typical well rate of
15GPM, that's 900GPH. I could fill my 48000 gallon
pool for $40 even at your electric rate.
On Sun, 06 May 2012 14:45:56 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Very interesting calculation!
I think I'll fill it with the well. The main problem is the well can go
dry - but I will check for that and only put in a few thousand gallons a
day. I can probably get away with a thousand gallons a day so it would
take a month to fill.
If I can get away with 2,000 gallons, then it will only take a few weeks
to fill this up ... but I'm still siphoning the green water out as we
Just had the tap water tested at Leslies.
FAC 0 ppm Free Available Chlorine
TAC 0 ppm Total Available Chlorine
CH >200 ppm Calcium Hardness
CYA 0 ppm Cyanuric Acid
TA 150 ppm Total Alkalinity
TDS 400 ppm Total Dissolved Solids
Pho 100 ppb Phosphates
I have no access to city water testing nor to the water.
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