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    Long story here...but a couple months back we were getting ready to leave town for a week. Had a little algae in the pool so threw some pucks in the skimmer and left. Came back to a green pool. Pool could not hold a chlorine level at all. Pool supply place I was using was not much help. Switched places and wound up going through a sand change, two 50lb buckets of chlorine granules, an algaecide, and some green-to-clear. The last finally turned my pool from green to milky. When I bought it I was also told my stablizer was high (160), but needed high PH for the green to clear...so wanted to use it before draining water.

    New guy at pool shop sold me this live culture for my phosphates he told me. Used it went back in a week and was told my phosphates were high again by a different guy...told me the culture was not for phosphates but was for CYA....

    Drained and changed half the water. Still would not hold chlorine. Had water tested again and was told my stabilizer was still at 160. Guess the last guy gave me bad numbers.

    Pool started turning a little back to green and still would not hold a chlorine level. Ran my bot today. That stirred up the bottom and back to green....but not as bad as it was.

    Found this site in the middle of all this and bought a pool test kit at Leslie's yesterday.

    Test this morning
    Alk 80
    CYA 170-180...and stopped testing there.

    Tried to drain half the pool again but was not paying attention and went over this.

    Retest after filling 515pm
    CYA 65
    PH 7.4
    FC 0

    Started the SLAM 4.5 jugs of bleach..shooting for FC of 26PPM

    6pm
    FC 22.5
    CC 2

    Added .5 jugs.

    730pm
    FC 18.5
    CC 1

    Misread something, only added .5 jugs

    915pm
    FC 20
    CC 1.5

    Added 1 jug of bleach

    1030pm
    FC 22
    CC 1.5

    Added 2/3 jug.

    Have a little over 8 gallons in now...

    Still eating chlorine...will see where I am in the morning.

    Sean
    17X34 above ground painted concrete pool. 32" deep on the shallow end, 44" on the deep end. Sand pool filter.

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    Re: well...started my SLAM

    Alright, looks like you are off to a good start.
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    17X34 above ground painted concrete pool. 32" deep on the shallow end, 44" on the deep end. Sand pool filter.

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    Just checked again...

    1230am
    FC 23
    CC 1.5

    Added a half jug of bleach.

    Why wouldn't my CC be much higher? You can see the green tint in the pic above...I would think.my CC would be much hight...??
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    If you posted a pic, I can't see it. Boy, is this a story of pool store gotcha. What did all that cost?

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    Chlorine was $300ish
    The CYA culture was $60+
    Sand was over $100, but can't remember how much.
    Pool test kit was a little under $100.
    Water easily be $100+ when the bill comes.
    Algaecide was $28ish
    Green to clear $28ish
    Soda ash to raise PH for green to clear to work ??

    12 jugs of bleach $36. I have almost 9 in now, so will need more.

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    Got the pic. Get those bottles outta the sun.

    Wow! That's a lot of $$$$$$$$. Yikes! Welcome to the $ saving forum!

    What test kit did you get for <$100 for Leslie's? We need to know as not all test kits are the same.

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    Those are the empties, I'm sure. Your chlorine consumption is quite normal at this stage of the process. You are checking it and adjusting, every hour or so, right?
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    MarianParoo, Bottles were set there as I started. So the one bottle in the sun was used first. They are in the shadow of the house.

    Pabeader, My intent was to check hourly at first. Then widen it as the chlorine stabilizes. I was hoping the pool would be full by 3 to give me 7 good hours of watching it hourly...just didn't work out that way.

    Little after 7am now...headed out to check it.

    Kit is Leslie's 81329. I think it was listed as the same as K2006.

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    715am day two

    FC 16.5
    CC 1.5

    Added about 1.75 jugs of bleach. Still eating about 2PPM an hour.
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    930am second day

    FC 23
    CC 1.5

    Added what I had left in my 11th jug.

    Still green, still has live water bugs.

    Sean

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    1130am
    FC 23
    CC 1.5

    Added a half jug.
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    CC really depends on when and where you test. The high FC burns off the high CC pretty fast. Still 1.5 is pretty high so we know it is working.

    Cool pool! Good progress so far.
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    Re: well...started my SLAM

    I just thought more chlorine would be "attached" to the algae I guess.

    Had to run some errands...and just getting back.

    330pm on the second day
    FC 17
    CC 1

    Going to add 1 jug....kids want to get in the green pool....

    Sean

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    530pm...had adjusted for FC 22 so the kids could swim
    FC 20.5
    CC 1

    Added 1/2 jug.
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    Re: well...started my SLAM

    You are brushing all around the pool and step/stairs and whatever else is in the pool, right?

    - - - Updated - - -

    and taking pictures. you are taking pictures of stairs or something each day, right?
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    Re: well...started my SLAM

    Stopped by the pool shop to get some more R-0871...and they had none. I ordered some and quit testing as often. Might be a mistake...


    9pm
    FC 17.5
    CC 1

    Added 1.5 jugs. Will probably dump the other half hug before I hit the hay.

    Sean
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    There is still a lot of algae in the water. My pool bot is a "wall scrubber". I ran it yesterday, but not today. Should I scrub it daily now? Or wait until I get the water clearer (can't even see the bottom now).

    My steps are cement stairs that are hollow inside them. There is no way to get inside them to scrub.

    I have not been taking pics, but have been looking at the steps. It seems clearer than it has been, but still.pretty green.

    Did some reading on water bugs...guess they eat algae, so they will probably not die off until the algae does.

    Sean
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    630 am day three...back to working during the day.
    FC 18
    CC 1

    I put 1.5 jugs in, and had my kid dump the other half jug in at lunch time.

    Sean

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    Should have had the kid dump in more....
    430pm 3rd day
    FC 14
    CC 1

    Dumped in 2 bottles of bleach

    Water is noticeably clearer now than when I started....but no place close to clear yet.
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    Ran out of 871 during he evening test. Ordered it from two different sources yesterday, one should be here by Wednesday (Amazon). Will keep up the 5 jugs a day until I can test again.

    Sean
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    Sounds like a plan. Sometimes pool stores carry the 0871. If you want, you could call around, although I loathe to suggest a pool store in your case...$$$!!! If they carried the "Taylor-kinda" kit, they may have replacements. Get a big bottle if you do go. No 0.75oz

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    I checked with the pool store I got my test kit at. They carried some reagents, but not 0870 or 0871. Found out we have a third pool store in town yesterday. I called them and they don't sell Taylor reagents.

    My kit came with the .75oz bottle....might have lasted a bit with normal testing, but testing at slam level....not so much. Ordered a 16 of bottle.

    Sean
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