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    Need help please!!

    Hello, I just purchased an Intex easy set up pool (1800 gallons) from target. I went to a local pool store for help with my chemicals because I wasn't comfortable with adding chemicals the very first time without an experts guidance. I think I was given the wrong information from the pool store. I'm going to tell you what I was instructed to add and what levels I am getting. Any help would be greatly appreciated...

    Free Chlorine- I was sold a Liquid shock product - I put it in 1 and a half gallons (Which I now know was way too much) It's been 4 days and it's FC is finally back to zero- I'm planning to add 8 ounces tonight when I get home.

    pH- I was sold a pH increasing product of some sort- The color on the test kit she sold me shows it should be orange for 7.2, orange/red for 7.8 and a red color for 8.4. Mine is Pink! I think it's way too high. She instructed me to add 4oz.

    Total Alkalinity- It was a powder type product- my test strip kit shows green for 80, muted green for 120, dark green for 240(high). My test seems to match the high color.

    I have 2 small children and they are really excited to get into their new pool but I'm nervous because I'm reading some nasty things on the internet (go figure) on what could happen with these levels.

    Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you John...

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    Re: Need help please!!

    Welcome to TFP!

    It's a bit linking drinking from a firehose at first but you'd be best served by starting here Pool School - Guide for Seasonal/Temporary Pools and in the ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry. Once you've made it through those, come back with more questions.

    With your high TA level, if the test strips are even ball park correct, you'll likely need a chemical that REDUCES pH not increases. Dry acid products are OK for seasonal pools for convenience. Muriatic acid is better but must be handled with care.
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    Re: Need help please!!

    John we KNOW what you are going through! Been there, done that, gave up on the pool kind of thing for me!

    Joel has given you some great reading to do.

    I would like to ask this-what did they sell you to test with? I am guessing "guess" strips from what you said but want to make sure.

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    Re: Need help please!!

    Ok I will read through the material. Thank you for replying.

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    Yes its test strips pool readings 5-26.jpg

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    You are holding the test strips at the wrong angle. They should be face down in the bottom of your trash can.
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    They should be face down in the bottom of your trash can.
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    Re: Need help please!!

    Welcome! Soon you will be trouble free. The information seems overwhelming at first, but soon you will be an expert and pool snob, lol.

    You should get one of the recommended test kits. It is impossible to give you advice without accurate results. For example, your test strip shows that your CYA/Stabilizer level is 100 which is way too high. The only way for it to be 100 is if you added solid forms of chlorine (pucks, powder) or added stabilizer/CYA/conditioner.

    Here is a comparison of test kits: Pool School - Test Kits Compared

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    Haha that's good!! I need a kit, I know. Here's what I did, I went to home depot and purchased some muriatic acid I put in 2 cups and the levels came down. I added some pool shock this morning and turned the pump on. Hopefully all my levels hit the right marks and my kids can use this pool. I never realized how much goes into maintaining a pool. Thanks for the help everyone and the laughs Griswald. Thank you again.

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    Re: Need help please!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Griswald View Post
    You are holding the test strips at the wrong angle. They should be face down in the bottom of your trash can.
    LOL! This needs to be in Pool School!!!
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    Re: Need help please!!

    "I never realized how much goes into maintaining a pool."

    Invest in the good test kit and follow the advice these good people give, and it is really pretty easy to maintain a pool.
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