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    First Time Test Results, Where to Start?

    As you know, I just adopted this "new" (new to me) pool with the house (and thereby, the "Pool-Idiot" nomenclature). And while waiting for the delivery of my new TF-100 test kit, I got the Salt level to 3200 PPM (from 2700). TF-100 just arrived. And I performed my first complete test. It appears that all test results are out of acceptable range(s) parameters, as follows:
    - Active Cl - 5 (+) - K-1000 Basic Test
    - pH - 8.2 (+) - K-1000 Basic Test
    - FC - 8.0
    - CC - 0.5
    - TC - 8.5
    - CYA- < 20
    - CH - 100
    - TA - 140

    Other than turning down the Cl generator (or cutting pump / filtration time) to lower the chlorine levels, what chemistry level should I tackle first?

    Thanks, as always, for your help.
    Gratefully submitted,
    Dave H., the "Pool Idiot"
    20'X40' Vinyl Lined (~33K gals.), Aqua Rite Electronic Cl Generator (Turbo Cell T-Cell-15), Pentair IntelliFlo Variable Speed Pump, Hayward Pro Series (S244T) Filter w/Vari-Flo XL Valve, Hayward HeatPro Heat Pump (not in use) and Booster Pump (appears broken)

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    Re: First Time Test Results, Where to Start?

    If your water s clean & clear, then adjust pH first. You need that down to about 7.6. If it continues to rise quickly, it's probably because of the elevated TA. In that case, lower pH to 7.2 (which lowers TA as well) but use aeration to raise the pH back up and continue this cycle as needed. Your CYA is low for a SWG pool, so you should add stabilizer for a minimum CYA goal of 70 pm. Hope this helps.
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    Re: First Time Test Results, Where to Start?

    HI neighbor! I would work on the PH first. While you work on the PH you will be working on the TA at the same time.

    I am not sure what you have and have not read so here is a good link for what to use for each one.

    Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals


    Here is the corner stone of TFP:

    Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry

    Let us know what else you need. Got any pics of this adopted pool???

    Kim
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    Re: First Time Test Results, Where to Start?

    If your water is cloudy or you believe you see any algae, let us know and we'll go from there. Have a nice day.
    Pat (a.k.a. Texas Splash) ~ My Pool: Viking Fiberglass; 17,888 Gal; Waterway Supreme 2-sp/2-hp pump; Hayward Ctg filter; TF-100 w/ Speed Stir
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