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    Ready to get started

    I just got the TF100 in the mail. My pool water is green and I am in need of help! What readings do I need to post to receive help? I do not have a desktop so I cannot build a profile, my pool is 18x36 Approx. 29k gallons IG Plaster.

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    Re: Ready to get started

    A complete set- FC, CC, CH, pH, CYA, TA

    Bring us the numbers and we'll go from there.

    Also, what have you been putting in the pool so far? How do you chlorinate?
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    Re: Ready to get started

    Set your numbers up like this please

    FC
    CC
    Ch
    PH
    TA
    CYA

    That makes it easier to read.

    Since you cannot set up a siggy please put the pool in each post to help us help you.

    Do you have bleach on hand to start your SLAM?

    Lets get this party started!!!!
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    Re: Ready to get started

    Welcome!

    You can do this. Besides test results, how about posting a picture? I'm always looking for good green-to-clean threads with pictures to go in my Inspirational Threads thread.
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    Re: Ready to get started

    I am finally able to test my pool water but is about to rain! Should I wait!?

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    Re: Ready to get started

    What is a little rain? LOL Lighting stay inside, rain go out and grab a sample.

    The CYA might be hard for you to do as you will need sun but eveything else will work.

    I hold a white plate behind my PH test and pull it back and forth to help me see the color better.

    I do my tests at my stove a s I have a very bright light there. Just make sure you have good lighting where ever you test.

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    You can test your CYA just to see about what it is.
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    Re: Ready to get started

    I couldn't wait any longer so I took a sample. The levels are as follows...

    FC .5
    CC.5
    CH 525
    PH 8.2
    TA 90
    CYA 40

    I did my CYA test inside with good lighting. Can I count on it? This was my first time using my TF100. My wife laughed at how excited I was to use it!

    I am dissapointed that my PH is so high. I had been using test strips and they obviously failed me....

    Let me know what to do!

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    I would post pics but I am on mobile.

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    Re: Ready to get started

    First things first...............get that PH down. It might be even higher.

    Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals

    Here is what to do for each thing. The one you are working on now is the getting the PH down.

    Add the MA SLOWLY in front of the return with the pump running. Make sure to wear some eye protection and do NOT breath it in.

    Let the pump run for 30 mins and retest. Do no be surprised if you see little lose. I am thinking it is going to take a couple/few tries to get it down.

    -test, add, run pump 30 mins. Repeat as needed. to get the PH down to 7.3.

    CYA should be okay for now.

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    Re: Ready to get started

    Yup, get the pH down to 7.2-7.4 and be careful if using muratic acid as the fumes will choke you, literally. I like doing it at night as you can often see it smoke and see which way it's blowing. Try to stay upwind of your pour if at all possible.

    If you're reading 8.2 you might 8.3 or 9 something. 8.2 is pretty much the max measurement. Don't be surprised if after adding you need to add more.

    Maybe you could drop into a library and use their computer to do a profile of your pool and equip ??
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    Re: Ready to get started

    I have a gallon of MA. How much should I start with?

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    I get 78 ounces for a 29K plaster pool (via PoolMath) using 31.45% 20 baum MA
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    Re: Ready to get started

    Quote Originally Posted by vol4life View Post
    I have a gallon of MA. How much should I start with?
    Half a gallon. And pour slowly in front of the return, so it spreads out instead of settling on the bottom. Probably wouldn't hurt any to make a few psses with the brush to disperse it faster, too.

    Poolmath will do the math for you.
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    Re: Ready to get started

    MA added and brushed. I wish I could show y'all how green it is. I am taking pics so I will post them when I get to a desktop and build my profile. Just imagine dark green lake water. That would be pretty close.

    I will post new PH in a bit.

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    Re: Ready to get started

    PH down to 7.5

    Added just a bit more MA. I'll post back numbers after dinner!

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    Sweet! Then we will talk about your next step.
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    Re: Ready to get started

    can you also test your fill water now please?

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    Re: Ready to get started

    What device are you using to access this site? I can try out different things and see how you can post pics.
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    Re: Ready to get started

    PH is down to 7.2-7.3.

    Which test do I do for my fill water? Just PH or the whole thing?

    I am using an android mobile device.

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    Re: Ready to get started

    Quote Originally Posted by vol4life View Post
    Which test do I do for my fill water? Just PH or the whole thing?
    Everything except cya. There is no cya in fill water.
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    Okay. On your android device you should have the option to see the desktop site. Try selecting that and then see if you can post a pic.
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