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    First time pool owner, here are my numbers

    Hello everyone. I've been reading up since I had the pool installed and bought the tf100xl test kit. Here are my numbers as of this morning. I am new to this, so any questions or suggestions are encouraged. I know my CYA need to come up. My pool builder literally filled pool and has left me to figure the rest out. No support or suggestions on balancing or maintaining the water. Thank you


    15000 gallon pebble tech pool.
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    Cover pools automatic cover, always closed unless we are swimming. Blocks all UV
    jandy aqua pure SWG running 55%, pump runs 10 hours a day
    FC 6.5
    CC 0
    TC 6.5
    TA 100
    CYA 0
    PH 7.5

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    Re: First time pool owner, here are my numbers

    Welcome to the forum.

    I would raise the CYA to only about 30 ppm since you keep it covered so much.

    Then, you will probably have to lower your SWG run-time percentage to much lower.....trying to keep FC in the 3 ppm range.

    How much Pool School have your read? Have you read "The ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry"?
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    Re: First time pool owner, here are my numbers

    Hello, I have browsed over most of pool school, am reading it fully now and trying to understand how each chemical effects the overall balance. I'll start low on CYA and go from there. How will I know when the CYA is at an appropriate level? We have small kids and keep it closed at all times unless we are swimming for their safety. As they get older we will leave it open more.

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    Re: First time pool owner, here are my numbers

    HI! I have THE set of links you need! It is what I share with new pool owners. Now it is a LOT of info so take it a bite at a time. Ask any and all questions as you need.

    Print these out:
    Pool School - Basic Pool Care Schedule

    Pool School - Recommended Levels

    Bookmark these:
    Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/calc.html

    Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry

    I would love to see a pic of your pool! PLEASE?? LOL

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    Re: First time pool owner, here are my numbers

    It is usually recommended to open the cover for an hour or so each day to let the pool gas off. I open mine about a half hour before testing.
    27K IG rectangular; vinyl liner; sand filter; 1hp pump; auto-cover; heater; K-2006C.

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    Re: First time pool owner, here are my numbers

    Thank you for the tip on opening the pool up a bit each day.
    Kim Kats, I have read all.of the links. Thank you. Here is one pic I have, I'll take another tomororw.

    15k, Pebble, SWG, jandy Variable speed 2hp, 460 cartridge filters, spa, coverpools cover, 8 deck jets, tf100xl

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    Re: First time pool owner, here are my numbers

    Sweet pool!!!

    Determing a good CYA level with an automatic cover, especially in your climate, can be a challenge. When it's closed for 23ish hours, you don't need much chlorine from your SWG. Then if you open it all day for a party, ZAP!, your FC gets burned off by the sun because your CYA is low.

    You may need more than 30ppm CYA, but as Dave recommended, you can start there. Test frequently watching that you never hit the minimum FC for your current CYA level. Here's the FC/CYA chart: Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart

    If you go with a low CYA, please increase your SWG output before a party, prepare to test frequently during the party, and supplement with bleach as needed.
    27K IG rectangular; vinyl liner; sand filter; 1hp pump; auto-cover; heater; K-2006C.

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    Re: First time pool owner, here are my numbers

    I know you are new and I hope that is not "too much information" for you...
    27K IG rectangular; vinyl liner; sand filter; 1hp pump; auto-cover; heater; K-2006C.

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    Re: First time pool owner, here are my numbers

    Not at all. Just new info for me to learn. I'm sure with some guidance I'll have it dialed in shortly.
    15k, Pebble, SWG, jandy Variable speed 2hp, 460 cartridge filters, spa, coverpools cover, 8 deck jets, tf100xl

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    Re: First time pool owner, here are my numbers

    Cool. Good to hear your confidence!

    For years I have kept my CYA between 30-40 here in Chicago. This summer was brutally hot and my cover was open a lot not only for extra swimming, but also to cool the water temps down. (The cover retains heat). I had to raise my CYA to 50 because my FC was burning off faster than I could adjust it with my normal testing regimen.
    27K IG rectangular; vinyl liner; sand filter; 1hp pump; auto-cover; heater; K-2006C.

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    Re: First time pool owner, here are my numbers

    What a pretty pool and area! THANKS!

    It seems as if you have a good handle on your pool. We are here for any and all questions or concerns you have.

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    Re: First time pool owner, here are my numbers

    Hi all. Did my CH test today and have 450. Is that a bit high? What would be the best way to bring it down if needed. 15k gallon Pebble pool.
    15k, Pebble, SWG, jandy Variable speed 2hp, 460 cartridge filters, spa, coverpools cover, 8 deck jets, tf100xl

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    Re: First time pool owner, here are my numbers

    Is that your pool water or fill water's CH? If you have not tested your fill water please do so. The only way to lower CH is to replace water

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