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  1. I ended up getting a 14X 7 endlesss pool. I had it built up so the water is 53-55 inches. The installer was amazing - he was able to make a slope out of cement so I could get that 2" of extra water depth in one end. It has 4 jets and, of course, the "fastlane" which makes you feel like you are swimming in a soft river current and it keeps you in place. I heat it up to 92. It is dreamy. So glad I did it. The installer is Aquatic Horizons from NewPort Richey, FL. He travels all over the country instlling pools. Best thing I ever did for myself.
  2. Does anyone have any experience with swim tethers or harnasses? This is an option I could consider but I'm hearing that they are uncomfortable to use as opposed to swimming against a current in a swim spa. thank you.
  3. thanksFootie - I will consider jets; however I'm going to try to find a reasonable "propeller" or "paddle wheel" swim spa first. Does your son swim against the jets?
  4. thank you Newbie. I will check them out. I've heard that swimming against jets as opposed to paddle wheel/propeller is "turbulent" which would not be good for me - I am pretty disabled in a lot of places, with weak arms and shoulders from a badly healed shoulder operation.
  5. I have been looking at deep water therapy pools. I am disabled and getting out to the pool in our area is just getting too difficult. Does anyone have experience or knowledge of the: l. Endless Pool fiberglass swimspa - 8 X 18 they come in depths of 4.5', 5' and 5.5' (I believe). Looks like about $30,000 including everything. 2. EZ Therapy pool - 7 X 12 this is much cheaper - at about $8,000 including everything. One would use a swim harness to swim. These are for indoor use. Any info or alternatives would be great. I want to be able to do upright water aerobics in about 4.5-5' of water as
  6. what is the proper test kit for chlorine - the K2005? not the K2006 which is for bromine. Am I correct. If so, where is the least expensive place to get the K2005. thanks
  7. Actually, it was me. In a bromine system MPS is generally used as an oxidizer but is wrongly referred to as a shock. Chlorine is just as effective and quite a bit less expensive for this purpose with bromine. MPS has no advantages in a bromine system since either MPS or chlorine will cause the bromine levels to rise and this is what acually 'shocks' the water. In either case you must wait for the levels to drop below 10 ppm before entering the spa so the main advantage to MPS in a chlorine system (only a short wait after shocking) is non existant in a bromine system because the chemistry
  8. thanks Richard. I think I'll stick with the dry acid. I also had a question. You( or someone) mentions that you don't necessarily need MPS with a bromine system. What about with a chlorine system (dichlor). My spa is indoors. Thanks Beverly
  9. A question, are you using chlorine, bromine, or biguanide as a sanitizer? These are the only three EPA approved sanitizers. Get a good test kit for testing your water, that is the first step. Strips just won't do the job! If you are using chlorine you want to get a Taylor K-2006. If you are using bromine you want a Taylor K-2106. There are no alternatives to chemicals. Baking soda is used to increase the total alkalinity of your water (one of the water parameters that needs to be monitored and adjusted from time to time). Baking soda is just the commom name for sodium bicarbonate,
  10. thanks Richard. How much muriatic acid would I start with - like a tablespoon diluted? Beverly
  11. where do I obtain dry acid (sodium bisulfate)? Rather than pay the spa store for their overpriced version. Also, as I am new at this, please tell me if I'm doing this right: Okay, I'm using chlorine, borax/baking soda to increase Ph/alklinity as needed. Plus I'm using PH decreaser right now. Plus MPS. I don't understand what the MPS is for? I know it's a sanitizer but isn't that what the chlorine is for? Please clarify. Thanks a bunch. If MPS is needed, is there any generic source? thanks again, zoetman
  12. A question, are you using chlorine, bromine, or biguanide as a sanitizer? These are the only three EPA approved sanitizers. Get a good test kit for testing your water, that is the first step. Strips just won't do the job! If you are using chlorine you want to get a Taylor K-2006. If you are using bromine you want a Taylor K-2106. There are no alternatives to chemicals. Baking soda is used to increase the total alkalinity of your water (one of the water parameters that needs to be monitored and adjusted from time to time). Baking soda is just the commom name for sodium bicarbonate,
  13. A question, are you using chlorine, bromine, or biguanide as a sanitizer? These are the only three EPA approved sanitizers. Get a good test kit for testing your water, that is the first step. Strips just won't do the job! If you are using chlorine you want to get a Taylor K-2006. If you are using bromine you want a Taylor K-2106. There are no alternatives to chemicals. Baking soda is used to increase the total alkalinity of your water (one of the water parameters that needs to be monitored and adjusted from time to time). Baking soda is just the commom name for sodium bicarbonate,
  14. There is NO SUCH THING as a chemical free pool or spa! Even your ionizer is adding chemicals to the water, most likely copper and silver. Bottom line is this, there are only three EPA approved sanitizers--chlorine, bromine, and biguanide. Everything else is a secondary santizier that MUST be used with a compatible EPA approved sanitizer residual. Some are useful, others are basically snake oil! If you would like to read up on the different sanitizers and on 'chemical free' systems then check out this and this and this. They are some primers that I wrote for newbies. Bromine does have
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