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    What a difference a year makes

    Wow, I was impressed with you guys before, now I have proof. Took the cover off the pool and for the first time in 19 years I see the bottom. I could actually see the little clumps of debris that I vacuumed out easily. A little cloudy and cold (58) but almost swimmable. Even though I've been sneaking on here and watching all winter, I believe I need a refresher course.

    FC-3.0 goal 12
    CC-1.0
    PH-7.0 goal 7.6
    TA-40 goal 70
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    Borates-50
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    Now correct me where I go wrong. Since CYA is 30 (I think, still not always sure of result), I think I will leave it alone for now and slam pool at 30. That should be a FC of 12 to start. Add 107oz of Borax to raise PH and only add 74oz of baking soda as Borax will raise TA by 11 (or not worry about it now?)

    After the pool is clear and pass the overnite test, then I can adjust CYA, salt (and TA, if I wait.) Although Borates are 50, reading the dip stick I think it might be a tad under that so they should be ok. If not can I add acid later and aerate for PH.

    Anyway I'm way ahead of schedule for swimming season. I hope I have done Kimkats proud
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    Re: What a difference a year makes

    Actually, I would just leave the pH (7.2-7.5 for a SLAM) and TA alone for now and focus on the FC of 12 until you pass the 3 SLAM criteria. Great job, and congratulations on opening to a relatively clear pool. Outstanding. Kim would be proud.
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    Re: What a difference a year makes

    I agree with Pat, with a vinyl pool, I would not worry about the pH and TA being slightly low right now and just focus on the SLAM at a FC of 12ppm.

    When done, verify the pH is in the mid 7s and maybe bring the TA up to 50-60ppm since you have a SWG.
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    Re: What a difference a year makes

    Nice work, lefty. I agree with the others leave pH and TA alone and start your SLAM.
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    Re: What a difference a year makes

    Excellent to hear Lefty. Your Slam should be quick and easy from the way it sounds. Good work last year!
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    Re: What a difference a year makes

    love to hear that, way to go

    I agree with everyone +1
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    Re: What a difference a year makes

    + another 1. Always good to hear!
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    Re: What a difference a year makes

    Boy it's nice to be overwhelmed with advice. Am working on the SLAM and will address the others after. I guess I'm so used to the old way it didn't feel right not to be putting out multiple fires at once. Even though I spent last summer on here telling people how right you guys were about TFP a new year rolls around and I almost, repeat almost reverted back. Thanks for being there to catch me.
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    Re: What a difference a year makes

    LEFTY!!! HI!!! WOW what an awesome post!!! I am SO very proud!!! Look at what you did...........have an easy to open pool that leaves plenty of room in your wallet for other fun stuff! AND you can swim right away (or when it warms up LOL)

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    Re: What a difference a year makes

    Way to go Kim, just between you and I thought you already were, but just to humble to brag. It's comforting to know some of tomorrows leaders are starting out in your class.



    WOW look at your posts--- Richard320 better get busy or your going to catch him
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    Re: What a difference a year makes

    Yeah on the post count! I get to going and they keep on adding up LOL

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    Re: What a difference a year makes

    But less HUGS???? !!!!!

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    Re: What a difference a year makes

    Watch out, Kim mentioned your wallet. Hold it close cause she loves spending other people's money, and I can hear the gears turning from here.
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    Re: What a difference a year makes

    Quote Originally Posted by MarianParoo View Post
    But less HUGS???? !!!!!
    That just makes the ones I do give out even more special!

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    Re: What a difference a year makes

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick_B View Post
    Watch out, Kim mentioned your wallet. Hold it close cause she loves spending other people's money, and I can hear the gears turning from here.
    Ain't that the truth
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