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    First time pool owner and my levels are all messed up

    Hi everyone,
    I'm Tiffani and I live in upstate New York and I just bought a pool for my kids two weeks ago and my levels are all messed up, and i'm trying to figure out how to balance them. I'm hoping to learn a lot on the site.
    7,600 gal. above ground pool, easy set up Coleman 18 FT x 48 inch power steel frame, PVC and triple-layer polyester. 2,800 GPH Intex sand filter pump (.75 HP)-Being delivered tomorrow
    Ideal Values: PH: 7.4-7.6, TA: 80-150, CYA: 30-50 ppm, TC: 1-4 ppm, Free Chlorine: 2-4 ppm, Chlorine compound: 0, Algae: none visible, CH: 200-400 ppm


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    Re: First time pool owner trying to figure out how to maintain levels

    Hello Tiffany, welcome. You will learn a lot, most of which is a good thing

    Can you post those messed up levels? What test kit are you using?
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    First time pool owner and my levels are all messed up

    My family and I just purchased our first pool and got the water delivered 3 weeks ago and my levels are all off, I have been trying to adjust levels but it doesn't seem to be working. I figured maybe it was because I was using a 1500GPH Flowclear pump and it wasn't moving the water fast enough. I have purchased a 2,800GPH Intex sand filter pump and it is being delivered tomorrow. I'd like to start getting my levels adjusted but I don't know if I should start with specific chemical first and what order I should do them in. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have been using Clorox test strips and Clorox products. Below are my current levels.
    FC: 0 ppm
    TA: 180
    PH: 6.8
    TC: 0 ppm
    CH: 500
    CYA: 0 ppm
    7,600 gal. above ground pool, easy set up Coleman 18 FT x 48 inch power steel frame, PVC and triple-layer polyester. 2,800 GPH Intex sand filter pump (.75 HP)-Being delivered tomorrow
    Ideal Values: PH: 7.4-7.6, TA: 80-150, CYA: 30-50 ppm, TC: 1-4 ppm, Free Chlorine: 2-4 ppm, Chlorine compound: 0, Algae: none visible, CH: 200-400 ppm


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    Re: First time pool owner trying to figure out how to maintain levels

    Thanks, I will be glad to understand all of this pool stuff. I am using Clorox test strips and I have all of the Clorox chemicals. Below are my current test results.
    FC: 0 ppm
    TA: 180
    PH: 6.8
    TC: 0 ppm
    CH: 500
    CYA: 0 ppm
    7,600 gal. above ground pool, easy set up Coleman 18 FT x 48 inch power steel frame, PVC and triple-layer polyester. 2,800 GPH Intex sand filter pump (.75 HP)-Being delivered tomorrow
    Ideal Values: PH: 7.4-7.6, TA: 80-150, CYA: 30-50 ppm, TC: 1-4 ppm, Free Chlorine: 2-4 ppm, Chlorine compound: 0, Algae: none visible, CH: 200-400 ppm


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    Re: First time pool owner and my levels are all messed up

    Hi Tiffany, welcome to TFP! Before you get started did you read all the articles in Pool School? How about basics in water chemistry? It sounds daunting but it is really easy and will get you up to speed on what we will be giving you advice on.
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    Re: First time pool owner and my levels are all messed up

    Pool School is where to start. Here is a basic starting steps.

    What kind of test kit do you have?

    1. Add Bleach using Pool Math to get it 4 ppm of FC. 4 is the target level for a CYA of 30 (see step 2).
    2. Add enough CYA (stabilizer) using Pool Math to get it to 30 ppm. Hang it in front of the return in a sock or put it in a sock in your skimmer. Squeeze it every once in a while to help it dissolve. It will take at least 2 days but maybe 3 or 4 to dissolve and show up in the CYA test.
    3. Adjust your PH to 7.5 using Pool Math.
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    Re: First time pool owner and my levels are all messed up

    Quote Originally Posted by mgmoore7 View Post
    Pool School is where to start. Here is a basic starting steps.

    What kind of test kit do you have?

    1. Add Bleach using Pool Math to get it 4 ppm of FC. 4 is the target level for a CYA of 30 (see step 2).
    2. Add enough CYA (stabilizer) using Pool Math to get it to 30 ppm. Hang it in front of the return in a sock or put it in a sock in your skimmer. Squeeze it every once in a while to help it dissolve. It will take at least 2 days but maybe 3 or 4 to dissolve and show up in the CYA test.
    3. Adjust your PH to 7.5 using Pool Math.
    Tiff,

    When you do step 2 of the above, make sure you do a little less than what is called for. It is always best to follow the "less is more" motto for CYA. Don't ask me how I know. Thank goodness for splash out.

    Chris

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