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    Just getting started

    I am new to this site, and have had a pool for 9 years and have always gone to the pool stores. I have a hard time keeping FC and they say I don't need FC. I just bought a TF100 test kit, and tested my water.
    FC .5, CC 2.5, TC 3, CH 225, TA 200, CYA is 55. What should I do to get my FC up (where should I keep my FC) and my CC down? My pool is nice and clear.
    Above Ground, 18x40 Oval, 19500 gallons, Sand Filter, Liquid Chlorine

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    Re: Just getting started

    Welcome to TFP Isn't it nice having a test kit you can trust..

    How does your water look? cloudy, green?
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    Re: Just getting started

    First, read everything in Pool School and read lots of other similar post. You have a SLAM in your future. Once you get through the SLAM, your pool will be crystal clear and you will know how to maintain it for the future. I am doing a SLAM right now since I let my FC get too low after a pool party.
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    Re: Just getting started

    Shopping list bleach/liquid chlorine.. you can get at walmart, menards, atwoods and HASA: bleach is 8.5%, pool shock from walmart is 10%, and menards and HASA have 12.5% the higher % you will use less each day..
    Muriatic Acid you can get at lowes outdoor, 20% baume this is used to lower PH and TA

    We will use your levels below

    FC .5
    CC 2.5
    TC 3
    CH 225 good
    TA 200 we will bring this down as you drop PH
    PH: You're missing this data, we need to take your PH to 7.2 before we start using muriatic acid
    CYA 60 (if between 50 to 60 just use the higher number)

    With your CYA at 60 it is high but not really bad, I just did a SLAM at CYA 80.. You can empty 1/3 of your pool water to drop to 40 but I would just leave it as is, you will use more chlorine but not much more...

    poolmath above is your friend Put all your numbers in the "now" column, go to the bottom and fill out "tfp.com" bleach and vinyl..

    So, I would bring your pool to SLAM level

    for CYA at 60 is 24 FC

    pool pump tunning 24/7 until done with SLAM

    in poolmath put the following:
    PH: find your number and put in now, then 7.2 in target... add the amount of MA to get to 7.2

    Then
    .5 FC in now and 24 in target
    wait 30 minutes and test FC, put that number in now
    repeat as much as you can but wait 2 hours between tests

    Ask questions

    I hope this helps
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    Re: Just getting started

    I would would also add you should stop with the pucks if they have cya in them and stick with bleach. For a non-swg pool the cya is getting up there. See the chlorine/cya chart in pool school.
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    Re: Just getting started

    Thank you, the PH is 7.2. After my first dose of slamming and wait 30 minutes to test, do I test for everything or just FC?
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    Re: Just getting started

    You'll be testing at high FC levels so you will need to test with the FAS DPD.
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    Re: Just getting started

    Jezza is right....it's the "weekly" chlorine test you will use.

    Read the SLAM article VERY carefully and adhere to it strictly.
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    Re: Just getting started

    and only test FC and CC until your FC is back below 10 (ph will read high above 10) and all other tests will be done after the SLAM
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    Re: Just getting started

    Thank you
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    Re: Just getting started

    I just tested again and my FC 8, CC 4.5, TC 12.5. So I just put the FC of 8 in the pool math and my goal is still 24?
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    Re: Just getting started

    exactly

    You FC is killing stuff, that is why your CC is rising.. you will know you're getting ahead of it once your CC starts going down
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    Re: Just getting started

    So far I have added 12 gallons of chlorine. 4.5 gallons to start, half a hour later 3 gallons, 2 hours later 4.5 gallons (my count was back to my first FC reading .5) Will I be doing this every two hours?
    Above Ground, 18x40 Oval, 19500 gallons, Sand Filter, Liquid Chlorine

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    Re: Just getting started

    I have added 17g. Of chlorine so far. I keep getting a FC .5, after the first round I got an FC 8, but since then I get FC .5, will this keep happening, because I fell like I am getting no where?
    Above Ground, 18x40 Oval, 19500 gallons, Sand Filter, Liquid Chlorine

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    Re: Just getting started

    Let's take a look at this..

    You're using a heaping scoop of R-0870 and the 10 ml pool water turns pink
    after 1 drop it turns clear

    after 5 drops of R-0003 it turns pink again, how many drops for CC now

    can you do the CYA test again, something seems off with that much chlorine being used..

    Just so you know, I also had to use 4 gallons of 10% to raise FC.. our pools are pretty big...
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    Re: Just getting started

    I just tested again, my FC .5, CC 2.5 and the CYA is 60
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    Re: Just getting started

    I'm new to this too and went through the slam process in the last couple of weeks. Stick with it--It is worth the trouble! A well kept secret on this site is Jesse's Excel sheet Jesse's Graphical Pool Testing Log (Excel spreadsheet)) . I'm not sure if I've attached the link properly. If you are familiar with using excel, it is the easiest thing to use during the slam process. Tab one is where you record your test results and tab 2 tells you what to add. Many thanks to Jesse--whoever you are!
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    Re: Just getting started

    Is my FC count really going to get to a FC of 24 at sometime during this process?
    i just tested
    FC .5
    CC 1.5
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    Re: Just getting started

    I know it can be frustrating when starting out.. It will get there it just takes time..

    You CC is going down so you are making progress... you can add borax to bring your PH between 7 and 7.2

    Please answer these questions so I can get a better idea of what is going on..

    How deep is your pool
    how many gallons do you have in the top of poolmath
    at the bottom of poolmath do you have the following: troublefreepool.com, vinyl, bleach
    How much bleach did you use this morning
    are you testing CYA in bright sun with the sun to your back and the tube at waist level

    We will get you going
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    Re: Just getting started

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    Jezza is right....it's the "weekly" chlorine test you will use.

    Read the SLAM article VERY carefully and adhere to it strictly.
    Dave, is it possible OP could be dealing w ammonia? I don't have the instructions in front of me
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