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    Befuddled by the pool

    Hi -

    We bought our house in March this year (2015) and this is our first pool. As an overachiever I want to know EVERYTHING about pool maintenance. I've been saddened by the lack of knowledge at pool companies but...We are getting ready to convert to SWG. I've been struggling with over-chlorination alternating with profound under-chlorination because the dial on the tab tower doesn't work. As a result of the frequent imbalance the plaster is in sad shape, it was very pitted when we bought. Resurfacing will happen next spring. Our pool is approximately 44k gallons. I was just told that my "CA" levels are too low and all I can assume he was referring to is CYA levels. Though he recommended keeping it at ~100 which seems high? The tech also said the my low "CA" might be from a leak? I've passed a multi day bucket test. Sometimes it feels like getting the truth about pool chemistry is well nigh impossible. Any suggestions welcomed.

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    Mod Squad Texas Splash's Avatar
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    Re: Befuddled by the pool

    Hi Terri and welcome! Let's make sure we're speaking about the same things. CYA is your stabilizer level and ideally may fall between 30-50ppm. Here in TX in the summer, you might even go to 60 or so for added protection from the sun. CH is hardness, and some people get those anonyms mixed-up. That's important because if it's too low, it can cause problems with your plaster. It sounds like you already have distressed plaster and are just holding-off until next spring. In the meantime, if you haven't done so already, get yourself the right test kit so you don't have to bother taking someone else's word for it. I use the TF-100 (link below) and it's fantastic and easy. Easier than drawing blood.

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    Re: Befuddled by the pool

    Welcome to TFP!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Terri
    Sometimes it feels like getting the truth about pool chemistry is well nigh impossible.
    Well, here's where the truth begins:

    1. ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry
    2. Chlorine CYA Chart
    3. Recommended Pool Chemicals
    4. Recommended Levels
    5. Pool Math

    Managing a pool is not the 3-headed monster that many would have you believe.
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    Re: Befuddled by the pool

    Terri we have you covered! We can and will take all of the mystery out of pool care!

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    Re: Befuddled by the pool

    As my 8yo daughter would say.....

    Easy peasy lemon squeezy

    And yes, it really is

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