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    Opening my inherited pool for the first time

    Howdy folks. So back in June I purchased a new home that came with this pool. I believe the previous owner never winterized or did anything to the pool for 1-2 years. Luckily, they did remove the pump and filter and stored inside the garage, so they seem to be working (More on that later). So I inherited the following:



    The biggest problem is that the tarp they barely covered the pool with had been slowly eroding (disintegrating really) into the water. As such I have been spending weeks puling stuff like this out:



    And this is an example of the large pieces. I tried to take a picture of the really small stuff floating in the water but my phone couldn't capture it.

    Anyway, I've been fighting a two headed enemy: An unbalanced pool and a severe debris problem. So while I have been trying to balance the pool, I've also been trying to filter the water while also getting the normal stuff (leaves, algae gunk, etc) out of the pool. So here is where I am at now:



    My new problem is my filter. It is a Hayward D.E. Model EC40. While trying to filter the pool, it would get clogged (raise to 20+PSIG) in 5-10 minutes. Bumping would lower it to 10 or so for again, only a few minutes. Eventually, the thing would stop passing water all together and deadhead the pump. To get it working I would have to backwash and dump all 4lbs. of my DE. My theory is that the DE filter scrubs the water too well (to such a small micron). So it clogs way too fast.

    Well I'm an engineer I say to myself, why not make my own filter to get the larger stuff and then bring the DE filter back to finish the job? Lo' and behold my "Two Stage Frankenstein Home Depot 5-Gallon Bucket Filter 5000" (I thought the 5000 made it sounds even more impressive). Any way, this is what I made and what it looks like after running for ~20 hours (overnight):



    You can actually see the really small tarp material in the later two pictures there. Back to the filter: So the first stage is a fish pond filter, then around that is poly batting. It seems to be capturing the junk in the water without starving the pump. It is located in the pool at the discharge end of the pump piping. When the pump is running, it drops to the bottom. You can actually see this filter in action in the above blue pool picture. What do you guys think? Any suggestions?

    Onto balancing the pool: As of this morning, here are my numbers:

    FC: 2.0
    CC: 5.0
    pH: 7.2
    TA: 160
    CYA: 40

    So besides the TA, they seem ok to me, right? But why is the pool still cloudy? Any input would be appreciated.

    Paul
    Paul - 26'x47" Round AG; 15,610GAL; Hayward EC30 DE Filter, Hayward Power-Flo SP1540. Test Kit: Taylor K-2006

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    Re: Opening my inherited pool for the first time

    YOur FC and CC numbers are completely off. You must SLAM the pool.

    read "The ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry" up in Pool School then read the SLAM article and follow that procedure to the letter....no exceptions or variations.

    Your pool will clear up.

    On another subject, the Blue Devil kit you list cannot return the FC and CC numbers you post. Only a kit with FAS/DPD testing can yield that accuracy. Do you have another kit besides that Blue Devil?
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    Re: Opening my inherited pool for the first time

    Nope, I only have the blue devil and those numbers were just best guesses really. I just ordered a K-2006 Test Kit so we'll see where I really am at when it arrives. Wife sure won't like another $50 but she will have to deal with it if she wants a clear pool I guess . Guess I'll keep it Chlorinated and leave the filter in to get as much as possible out of the pool.
    Paul - 26'x47" Round AG; 15,610GAL; Hayward EC30 DE Filter, Hayward Power-Flo SP1540. Test Kit: Taylor K-2006

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    Re: Opening my inherited pool for the first time

    There is no point in starting a SLAM until that Taylor kit gets to you. When it does, post up the numbers and we'll go from there.
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    Re: Opening my inherited pool for the first time

    Ok, just got my K-2006 and here are the numbers:

    FC = 0
    CC = .4
    pH = 7.2
    TA = 90
    CH = 520
    CYA = 30
    Paul - 26'x47" Round AG; 15,610GAL; Hayward EC30 DE Filter, Hayward Power-Flo SP1540. Test Kit: Taylor K-2006

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    Re: Opening my inherited pool for the first time

    From one engineer to another love your DIY filter, looks very similar to one I made for my pond years back

    Numbers look great to start your SLAM, target 12ppm for your cya level
    Try to test and dose back up to 12ppm at least 3x a day, more if possible

    Use poolmath at the top of the page to calculate how much to add

    Some cloudiness may be from the high CH, but I think that clears in a few days. I am sure one of the experts will know


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    Re: Opening my inherited pool for the first time

    Thanks for the input. I'll start the slam and see how it goes.
    Paul - 26'x47" Round AG; 15,610GAL; Hayward EC30 DE Filter, Hayward Power-Flo SP1540. Test Kit: Taylor K-2006

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