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    Opening pool test

    I did the normal ph and chlorine test just to see where i was and the ph was yellow and no where close to any of the colors on my tester. K-1000. I'm assuming that is really low and i need to increase my ph. Am i wrong? Thanks!
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    Re: Opening pool test

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    I did the normal ph and chlorine test just to see where i was and the ph was yellow and no where close to any of the colors on my tester. K-1000. I'm assuming that is really low and i need to increase my ph. Am i wrong? Thanks!
    You're right. What is the TA, by chance? If it's below 50, raise it to at least 50 before you start messing with the pH. And even before that, did you let the water circulate a while before grabbing a sample? If there's a layer of rain or snowmelt on top, it'll read way off.
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    Re: Opening pool test

    No, I did not wait for it to circulate and there's some rain water that was on top. I did test about 6 inches below if that makes any difference. Thanks for the quick response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IamWebb223 View Post
    No, I did not wait for it to circulate and there's some rain water that was on top. I did test about 6 inches below if that makes any difference. Thanks for the quick response.
    Let it mix. You can speed it along by brushing. One lap around the perimeter ought to set up enough cross-currents to get it all mixed. Then retest. I'll bet things look better after.
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    Re: Opening pool test

    You all are good teachers. I brushed it before i started, but i also hooked up diver dave(wanted him to clean up the debris from brushing), ive since unhooked and am gonna let the water mix over night. I'll re-test in the morning and share results. Thanks again!

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    Re: Opening pool test

    I tested my TA and when i put in the drops the test water turned dark pink/red instantly instead of the green like it says it should. Suggestions?

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    Re: Opening pool test

    Your TA is zero and your pH has bottomed out, likely lower than 5.

    Add enough baking soda to increase your TA about 50-80 ppm and let that mix for an hour or two. Once you get a TA reading retest your pH and adjust from there.

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    Re: Opening pool test

    Ok so now my TA is about 50-60 and my ph is low around 6.8 or so. If I'm understanding the TFP method, will Borax help increase my ph? Thanks!

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    Re: Opening pool test

    Yup! Good job! Your pH may even be lower so keep an eye on it.

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