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    TF-100 is on its way...and I'll be looking for your guidance soon

    Hello folks!

    I'm writing in from Plano, Texas

    I've ordered my TF-100 test kit and am waiting to get started on managing my pool myself.

    Its the first time I've ever had a pool so I guess I will be starting from zero

    Reading through the posts I've seen you all help so many beginners - and I'll request your help too.

    Cheers!
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    Welcome!!!

    How does the pool look now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarianParoo View Post
    Welcome!!!

    How does the pool look now?
    Thanks for the welcome!

    The pool was looking clear (but definitely not sparkling) on Thursday last week but deteriorated over a weekend of swimming to a slightly cloudy state.

    I have been struggling with an algae problem over the past few weeks - seem to get it in control ..and then slip back, so am looking to do this the right way once my test kit arrives.
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    Re: TF-100 is on its way...and I'll be looking for your guidance soon

    Add a gallon of regular 8.25% bleach every day until your testkit arrives.

    Also, start reading up on these two pages:

    Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry

    Pool School - PoolMath

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    Re: TF-100 is on its way...and I'll be looking for your guidance soon

    awesome choice, we can get you going

    1 gallon bleach and brush 2 times a day until you get your kit
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    Re: TF-100 is on its way...and I'll be looking for your guidance soon

    Welcome to the forum.

    +1 what marian paroo said. Dont skim "The ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry" up in Pool School, know it and understand it. It ties into your test kit and is the basis for what we teach.
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    Re: TF-100 is on its way...and I'll be looking for your guidance soon

    Thank you all for the welcome!

    Algae now showing in the pool..so the work is cut out

    I'm starting off now with adding a gallon of 10% bleach (just stocked up with 9 gallons from 2 different stores).

    Will pour 1 gallon into the pool, in one shot, in front of the return
    ..and will repeat "1 gallon bleach and brush 2 times a day" until the kit arrives.

    Kit ETA is Thursday. That looks like good timing - so that I can focus on SLAMing the pool starting Friday evening
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    Cool. You might want to get a gallon of muriatic acid and a box of 20 Mule Team borax so that you have them on hand in case you need them before your slam. It won't be expensive and they will keep.

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    Re: TF-100 is on its way...and I'll be looking for your guidance soon

    I have the muriatic acid from earlier (glad you said it will keep)...
    And I'll go get the borax later today
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    Re: TF-100 is on its way...and I'll be looking for your guidance soon

    TF-100 Test Kit is here!

    Will do some reading up before the first test!
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    Woot! Have fun!!!

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    Re: TF-100 is on its way...and I'll be looking for your guidance soon

    Here we are....could you please review these numbers for me?

    Pool showing hints of algae.

    I added a gallon of 10% approximately 24 hours ago. Haven't added anything today.

    FC: 1

    CC: 0.5

    TA: 80

    CYA: 0 (Even when the tube was full to the brim, the black dot was visible. Sun was just setting at the time)

    CH: 475

    PH: 8
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    Why don't you try plugging those numbers into PoolMath and let us know what you get. (Assuming you did your homework above!) For TA and CH put those numbers in both the now and goal columns. You're not gonna mess with those now.

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    That way you will be learning rather than us telling you. We can tell you what to do, but I'd rather you try it first.

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    Sure thing. I'll share an update shortly. Cheers
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    Re: TF-100 is on its way...and I'll be looking for your guidance soon

    #_______NOW___TARGET___ACTION
    FC______1_______4_______ADD 69 oz OF 10% BLEACH
    PH______8______7.5______ADD 20 OZ OF 31.45% - 20 BAUME MURIATIC ACID
    CYA_____0______40_______Add 96 oz by weight OR 100 oz by volume of stabilizer OR add 249 oz of liquid stabilizer.
    TA - NOT MESSING WITH THIS
    CH - NOT MESSING WITH THIS

    I'll confess I haven't used stabilizer before...and dont have any at hand. I'll go over to the 24hour super store and see what option is available. Noted the method of using a sock, placing in skimmer and not doing a backwash/filter clean for a week

    As I have to add bleach, muriatic acid and stabilizer, I think I'll proceed with bleach and muriatic acid asap.
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    Re: TF-100 is on its way...and I'll be looking for your guidance soon

    Sorry I didn't catch you. Something came up... You did great on your PoolMath!

    Doing the chlorine and acid tonight was great. However, please wait a half hour between adding MA and chlorine in the future. Those are the two chemicals that need to be added separately.

    Was the CYA solution cloudy at all? I would target 20 just in case and see where you are. Do a lot of sock-squeezing so it dissolves quickly. Then you can recheck it sooner. You can backwash if you need to after the CYA is dissolved.

    See where your pH is tomorrow. You want to aim for 7.2 for your slam, but go slowly. It's best to add MA and recheck in an hour and then add more if you need to rather than overshoot.

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    Re: TF-100 is on its way...and I'll be looking for your guidance soon

    that is perfect, if your pool is not clear or turning once you confirm your at PH 7.2 you can start the SLAM and use 16 FC as your target (40 CYA)

    Once started just check FC and CC until the OCLT is passed
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    Re: TF-100 is on its way...and I'll be looking for your guidance soon

    At 7.00 pm central on Friday:
    FC 1
    PH 7.3
    CYA 0

    Action:
    1. I added bleach to target FC of 4
    2. Started with Stabilizer to target 20.
    Filter running continuously
    Placed stabilizer in a sock in the skimmer.

    As I have a waterfall splashing water, is it worth considering placing the sock in the path of the falling water? Or is it best to leave in skimmer and keep squeezing sock at regular intervals?

    Will keep brushing.

    Please advise if I need to change any of above, or do more.

    Thanks!
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    Re: TF-100 is on its way...and I'll be looking for your guidance soon

    I missed your post again!

    You need to add chlorine to get to an FC of 10 to start your SLAM. I don't think we ever encouraged you to check this out:
    Pool School - SLAM - Shock Level And Maintain

    If the CYA is not already dissolved, go ahead and try the waterfall or a return jet. When the sock is empty, retest CYA. It would be great to hit a level of 30, but going slow on that CYA raise is important!!!

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