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    First time testing water myself

    I have a Taylor k2006. Here are my first results.

    FC 2.2ppm
    CC .2ppm
    Ph 7.6
    TA 80ppm
    CH 200ppm
    CYA 100 +

    Water is clear. Auto chlorinator with 3" trichlor pucks. Where do I start?

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    Re: First time testing water myself

    Throw away the pucks and drain more than half your water. Fill with fresh water and buy bleach...lots of it.
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    Re: First time testing water myself

    How long has it been since the last time you filled the pool?
    The CYA test is probably the hardest one to do accurately, and if you have replaced your water recently, I don't think your CYA would be that high.
    If your CYA is indeed that high, your chlorine should be held at about 10ppm.
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    Re: First time testing water myself

    was in the same boat, my cya was 100-120 or thereabouts

    had to drain a significant portion of my water...however even though i left 10-12 inches in the shallow end, it still caused some separation at an existing liner patch. so if you have a vinyl pool be careful about lowering it too far. better off lowering it, adding some water, mixing it up and then doing it again.

    even though each time is technically less effective as the first, you dont want liner issues. however, I think OP posted he doesnt have vinyl, but fyi for others reading
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    Re: First time testing water myself

    You might want to do a 50/50 tap and pool water dilution and retest cya again. Tests don't read accurate over 100 so a diltuted test can confirm if even higher (mine was 320!)
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    Re: First time testing water myself

    +1 above. Know where your CYA is and then you can make a decision about draining vs. maintaining a high-ish FC. Is the water CRYSTAL clear?

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    Re: First time testing water myself

    The pool was re plastered and filled in 2007.
    I am going to quit using the pucks and chlorinate with bleach.
    The pool water is clear.

    I will try to get this done today - 50/50 tap and pool water dilution and retest
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    Re: First time testing water myself

    I retested using the 50/50 tap and pool water dilution and I result is 120ppm. I am going to Leslies pool this evening have them test to see how close the two results are.
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    Don't go. If it's the same, you might think you can trust their results in the future. If it's different, you may doubt yourself. Trust YOUR results.

    Also, you can use a 10ml sample to test FC/CC. Divide the number of drops by 2. This will save on reagents.

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    Re: First time testing water myself

    Yesterday I obtained the cya 100ppm + following the instructions labeled underneath the top lid to test box.
    Today I did the 50/50 test. I filled the small squeeze bottle with 3.5 liters of tap water and 3.5 of pool water. Added the R0013 to until it reached 14ml. Poured mixture into comparator tube until black dot disappeared. So I took that number(60) X 2 = 120ppm.
    Then took sample of water to Leslie pool for cya test and they came up with 50ppm.
    What could cause the difference in readings?
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    Re: First time testing water myself

    Poor testing at the pool store. This is why we say over and over again that we don't trust pool store test results.
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    Re: First time testing water myself

    Don't know if you saw my post before you went to the pool store... You are at 120.

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    Re: First time testing water myself

    I retested using the 50/50 tap and pool water dilution and I result is 120ppm. I am going to Leslies pool this evening have them test to see how close the two results are.

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    Re: First time testing water myself

    Thanks for the inputs. I drained about 50% of water today and now refilling. Should I add anything to the water while it is filling?
    Wait to add until the water level is high enough to be able to circulate the add.

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    Re: First time testing water myself

    Quote Originally Posted by nexx2 View Post
    I retested using the 50/50 tap and pool water dilution and I result is 120ppm. I am going to Leslies pool this evening have them test to see how close the two results are.
    What are you going to do with that information? If it matches then you will incorrectly think their testing is reliable. If it doesn't match you will wonder whose test to believe. Believe your own testing and don't waste time and money going to the pool store.
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    Re: First time testing water myself

    I have to agree. go with your own results
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    Re: First time testing water myself

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    Re: First time testing water myself

    I believe OP is already draining 50%.

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    Re: First time testing water myself

    Are you draining and refilling? I see that your "updated" post has disappeared. Let us know. We can help you better and cheaper than Leslie's!!!!

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    Re: First time testing water myself

    Yes, I have drained about 50%. Should be full in a couple of hours and I can start circulation and test. Thanks for the welcome and the info. I know the members will be able to help me save money!
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