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    Hello from PA!

    Hello everyone,

    I'm Kurtis from Valley Township PA. We purchased our first house in Aug 2015 and the previous owner left a dilapidated above ground ~25' pool with a wooden deck around it. My wife immediately purchased a replacement pool that fall with the intentions of me installing it in the spring. Well, the pool that she bought was not identical to the original so the install was not smooth and now I need to replace all the deck boards so they line up with the pool.

    Anyway... I was able to install the pool and get everything up and running with her father. Putting that wall up with 2 people was interesting. The sand floor was not as smooth as I would have liked and we also ended up with a bunch of folds/creases in the liner floor . But, it's holding water. We're running a 1.5HP pump with a sand filter. Seems to run at about 15psi, is that good? I am very uninformed when it comes to pools, so I am constantly afraid I am doing something wrong.

    I am in the process of adding lots and lots of CYA to the pool as it is in direct sunlight. I used the TF-100 and a pool calculator to get my measurements. I have so much that I want/need to change about my current setup. We were left with a lot of issues from the previous owner so it's a constant game of catch up. I know I am going to have a lot of questions, most of which will be very noobish. Looking forward to the support from TFP!

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    Re: Hello from PA!

    Welcome fellow Pennsylvanian! Looks like you did a great job! Kudos to you for starting out with a great test kit, too!

    As for the Psi, your "clean" Psi is the reading after you've back washed and rinsed. When the pressure rises 25% over the clean pressure! it's time for a backwash.
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    Re: Hello from PA!

    Welcome to TFP!

    I used the TF-100 and a pool calculator to get my measurements.
    Congrats! You are way ahead of the game.

    We're running a 1.5HP pump with a sand filter. Seems to run at about 15psi, is that good?
    That's about what mine runs when the filter has just been backwashed. The psi will vary depending on your pool and equipment.

    I am in the process of adding lots and lots of CYA to the pool as it is in direct sunlight.
    Just be careful when adding CYA. Some is good but too much can be problematic. It is better to add a little less than you think you need. After about 5-7 days of adding the CYA, test the level and add more if needed. It is much easier to add more than it is to reduce it if you overshoot.

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    Re: Hello from PA!

    Hey-yo! Great community!

    So, in my noobish state, I didn't know I needed CYA at first and pretty much wasted a lot of chlorine. So my calculations called for 3.8lbs of CYA. I am in the process of dissolving that amount via panty hose in front of my return. Due to all the rain I think the pool is a tad full so I will need to... Backwash, waste? What's the proper method? I feel so dumb lol.

    I plan to let the pool circulate for a few days before testing CYA again and then once it is good I'll add more chlorine. Is that OK?

    So once the pressure is at about 20psi I should backwash? Under normal circumstances that is.

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    Re: Hello from PA!

    You can add chlorine at any time. We advise regular testing with a recommended test kit. Using the CTA/FC chart, you dose according to your targeted CYA level. You don't want it to fall below the minimum.
    Don't feel dumb, we were all moons at some point! Just read and reread pool school a few times to get a good understanding of the whole process. (I'm guessing you already some have due to your understanding about the CYA!)
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    Re: Hello from PA!

    Ok, cool. I'll start adding my calculated amount of chlorine.

    I'm a little unsure about the recommended water level and method to evacuate extra water due to rain. Any insight on that?

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    Re: Hello from PA!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kpoverdorf
    So once the pressure is at about 20psi I should backwash? Under normal circumstances that is.
    Yes, I would backwash when the filter pressure is in the 18-20 psi range.
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    Re: Hello from PA!

    I just set my filter to backwash to lower the water level when I need to drain due to excess rain.
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    Re: Hello from PA!

    Ok cool that's what I figured, thanks. I feel like my level is too high but the pressure is fine and the skimmer still seems to be functioning fine. The skimmer opening is a little over half submerged.

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    Re: Hello from PA!

    As long as it is skimming well, that should be good.
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    Re: Hello from PA!

    Sweet, thanks!

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