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    Trying to help friend

    HI - neighbor hasn't yet found her way to TFP. Dealing with algea, I offered to bring my testing supplies and find out what going on. Pool AG round, 19300 gal, Hayward sand filter, 3/4 HP pump.

    FC - 0
    CC - 16
    Ph 7.4
    CYA - up ti fill on K2006 and still see dot

    Knowing she needed SLAMI put in 2.6# cya and we dumped 3 gal 8.25 wallyworld chlorine. (about 6pm last nite) (Found she had added a "90 day algaecide" over weekend) She checked FC around 8:30 (3ppm) had her add 1-1/2 gal bleach. She tested 6AM and again added 1-1/2 gal bleach.( Also she had been brushing and backwashed pool several times over weekend, so alot was already cleaned of stuff)

    Since she works, I agreed to do testing and bumping today (did two refills on own pool last year) know how important keeping slam le vels up. Tested again at 10:30, same 3ppmFC, added two gallons and again at noon, 3ppmFC, added another two gallons. Will say pool color now a light aqua green.

    Did a CC and at least ha dropped to 13PPM. Checked CYA even though we are in rain mode, the sample was at least cloudy now and level seemed to be about 40ppm.

    Keep doing what we have been? Was seeming strange tests were coming up consistent, loss to 3ppm each time)

    Thanks
    19300 gal, AG vinyl, 1 HP Pentair Dynamo two stage pump, 5 yr old Hayward Vari-Flo sand filter, pool 14 yrs old, well water, testing with Taylor K2006

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    Re: Trying to help friend

    Keep on going. It can take some time. When I SLAMmed my pool (years ago, thank goodness) it took two weeks. Helped a friend with his little 9,000 gallon pool and his took three weeks.
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    Re: Trying to help friend

    Thanks for encouragement (???) Robbie
    19300 gal, AG vinyl, 1 HP Pentair Dynamo two stage pump, 5 yr old Hayward Vari-Flo sand filter, pool 14 yrs old, well water, testing with Taylor K2006

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    Re: Trying to help friend

    Keep doing what you are doing, but don't take it personal when she decides to go another direction. I have been in this situation and unless someone understands what is going on and wants to fix it themselves they tend to make left turns. Like the algecide, many look for the shortcut or miracle cure.

    The only way to get it clear is to follow the SLAM directions completely to the end.

    Has she ordered her own test kit? In my mind this is the telling fact that someone has taken ownership and want to fix things.
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    Re: Trying to help friend

    Quote Originally Posted by kschmidt1 View Post
    Thanks for encouragement (???) Robbie
    Hehe, I always get that when I say it can take weeks. It actually is encouragement. You are doing the right thing, keep going!
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    Tim - I've mentioned how easy things are once "converted". She said she would be reading website. We'll see.
    19300 gal, AG vinyl, 1 HP Pentair Dynamo two stage pump, 5 yr old Hayward Vari-Flo sand filter, pool 14 yrs old, well water, testing with Taylor K2006

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    Re: Trying to help friend

    35 gal bleach later SLAM #

    FC - (slam 16) average 14
    CC - .5

    Overnite last nite, OLCT 2.0. Adding 2-3 qt every 90 min almost sparkles, thinking tonite OLCT should do it.

    Would it be safe to swim in today?

    Thanks.
    19300 gal, AG vinyl, 1 HP Pentair Dynamo two stage pump, 5 yr old Hayward Vari-Flo sand filter, pool 14 yrs old, well water, testing with Taylor K2006

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    Re: Trying to help friend

    Quote Originally Posted by kschmidt1 View Post
    35 gal bleach later SLAM #

    FC - (slam 16) average 14
    CC - .5

    Overnite last nite, OLCT 2.0. Adding 2-3 qt every 90 min almost sparkles, thinking tonite OLCT should do it.

    Would it be safe to swim in today?

    Thanks.
    It probably won;t be fatal, but it could leave swimmers with irritated skin and eyes and whitened swimsuits.

    You don't know what the pH level is anymore and you can't test it accurately when FC is above 10. As long as FC is below shock level, it should be okay that way.

    On the plus side... it's a lot easier to remove lights and scrub around return jet threads and inside skimmer throats and beneath ladder rungs from inside the pool.
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