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    Test results - please help me balance my pool

    Hi, new here but already learned a ton. Weaning off pool store chems and moving to TFP methods. I got the K-2006 test kit, here are my results. Note I had to shut off the filter for a couple of days due to repair a bad check valve.

    FC 0.2
    CC 0.2
    pH 7.3
    TA 50
    CH 40
    CYA 27
    saturation index -1.5
    water temp in Texas is 53F

    i know I'm low for some, but high on others. But don't know where to start. I have to finish a large pail of Leslie's chlorine 3" tablets. Will need to incorpate this into the plan. My signature contains other details [Pentair FNS 60 DE filter, raised spa with waterfall, 3 pumps].
    My Pool in Houston, TX:
    39,000 gallon, Pebble Tec, inground, spa, Pentair DE filter, Del Ozone, cleaner, 3 years old

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    Re: Test results - please help me balance my pool

    Hi there! You are going to love TFP! We can save you so much money and your pool will be so much easier to take care of.

    How does your water look right now?

    I am glad to hear you have a good test kit. THAT is the number one tool in taking care of your pool.

    Here are a couple of links to get you started:

    Pool School - Recommended Levels

    Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals

    Pool School - Basic Pool Care Schedule

    This the BIG link! It is the hows and whys of TFP!

    Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry

    Let me know how things click after reading these links.

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    Re: Test results - please help me balance my pool

    Just adding to kimkats post.....read "The ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry" up in Pool School. That's the place to begin.
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    Re: Test results - please help me balance my pool

    Hi, and welcome! Kim's got you covered. I would just add that you can use a 10ml water sample for FC/CC and multiply each drop by 0.5. It will save on reagents. The directions are on the inner box lid. Consider your CYA to be 30.

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    Re: Test results - please help me balance my pool

    Don't worry too much about that large pail of tabs either. Using them at first just to help raise CYA a bit for summer is okay, but not for too long. They'll be fine in storage and you can use them in the future if/when you go out of town. For normal days and manual chlorination, just hit HEB or Wal-Mart for their generic "Bravo or Great Value" bleach and you'll be fine. Welcome to the forum.
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    Re: Test results - please help me balance my pool

    Thank you. I have read the very useful guides. I guess the only question to clarify is whether there is a preferred sequence to bring my chemicals into balance? Or can I simply add all the required chemicals over a few days but basically at the same time? I will test the waters daily with k-2006.

    My Pool in Houston, TX:
    39,000 gallon, Pebble Tec, inground, spa, Pentair DE filter, Del Ozone, cleaner, 3 years old

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    Re: Test results - please help me balance my pool

    Welcome to TFP!

    It isn't that important on the order of things. Definitely raise your CH soon it is way too low. I would keep using the pucks to raise your FC and CYA for a while until the CYA is where you want it. The pucks will lower your PH so keep an eye on it. Not sure that I would raise your TA right now, if you do only raise it to 60 or 70. The only two that are interrelated are TA and PH.
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