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    Where to start

    Hi everyone,

    We pulled the winter cover off yesterday (Saturday). Scooped a few leaves out, lightly scrubbed the walls and put the solar cover on. The pool guy is coming on Friday to get the pump and heater ready to go. I hope to get the chemicals where they need to be before he comes. Questions for my pool gurus.

    Where do I start? I know the TA and PH are important to get right so we don't ruin the heater (installed last fall, haven't used it yet).

    PH is 7.2-7.5 (hard to tell with the color test)
    FC 1
    CC 0
    TC 1
    TA 40
    CYA 0

    Thanks
    blondemarcello
    18x33 16,700 gallon AG
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    Re: Where to start

    You can't really test or treat the water without circulation.
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    Re: Where to start

    Maybe pick up a cheap submersible pump to at least get the water moving around?
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    Re: Where to start

    Quote Originally Posted by pabeader View Post
    Maybe pick up a cheap submersible pump to at least get the water moving around?
    Great idea. I have one or two of those? Any suggestions what to do next for chemicals?
    blondemarcello
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    Sand, TFP Test, Gas heater
    Minnesota

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    Re: Where to start

    PH between 7.2 and 7.8 will keep your heater good. PH below 7.0 is what can hurt your heater. Add 30 ppm of CYA in a sock in front of a return or pump and SLAM the pool if there is algae, Pool School - SLAM - Shock Level And Maintain. Or maintain chlorine if there isn't. Chlorine CYA Chart.

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