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    Aug 2016
    Fairfield, CA

    Not sure what I am doing

    CYA 90
    CH 450
    TA 80
    PH 7.2
    FC nothing. Not sure how to test
    Used Taylor k2006 kit
    Had husband drain 1/4 of pool and CYA still 90. This was 2 days ago, and he is too busy to drain more right now (I have no idea how to drain it myself). Because pool turning green, I panicked and I just put 2 gal of liquid chlorine in after throwing in two large caps of PH Plus. I know I am wasting chemicals, but I am determined to master the mystery of caring for the pool. Help this novice idiot please.
    20,000 gal; in ground plaster; Hayward Max Flo Pump; Polaris Pressure Booster Pump; DE Water Filter;built 1963; well water; Taylor K-2006 test kit.

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    Apr 2012
    Columbia SC

    Re: Not sure what I am doing

    Welcome to TFP

    Sounds like you already have a good test kit. Now is the time to do some studying

    Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry

    To rid the pool of algae you will need to follow what we call SLAM process. This is a process. Not a one time addition of chlorine to get to shock level. You need to raise your chlorine to shock level for your CYA. And KEEP it there until you pass three tests: clear water, CC .5 or less, overnight chlorine lost test of less than 1.
    Pool School - SLAM - Shock Level And Maintain
    Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart

    How have you been chlorinating (not in your signature)? If you've been using pucks, that is why your CYA is so high. Probably time to switch to liquid chlorine (bleach). Use the pool math link at the top of the web page to help you calculate chemical additions.

    Take a look at the articles I linked starting with ABC's and post up questions.
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    Tallahassee, FL

    Re: Not sure what I am doing

    Well done on getting the test kit!!! That is awesome start to taking care of your pool. It will get better after this. Right now you need to SLAM your pool. Here is the link to that:

    Pool School - SLAM - Shock Level And Maintain

    Here are a set of links for the basics of TFP. It is a lot of info. so take it slow and questions as they come up:

    Print these out:
    Pool School - Basic Pool Care Schedule

    Pool School - Recommended Levels

    Bookmark these:
    Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals

    Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry

    Make sure to ask any and all questions you might have no matter how small! We have all been where you are at one point.

    These links will also help once the SLAM is done.

    we are here for you!

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    Jun 2012
    Central PA

    Re: Not sure what I am doing

    ~100 is the limit of the test. You may want to try diluting it and remeasuring so you know how much more you need to drain.
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    You can lead a horse to (clear) water, but you can't force him to swim in it!

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