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    First Time Tester

    My pool is 8 days old and all my builder has done is throw 4 pucks in to keep some chlorine in it. I got my test kit today and need some help.

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    Temp 59
    CYA <20
    PH at least 8.2
    TA 60
    CH 80 I think did...turned pink then went clear never blue.
    FC -0 if it is the test in with the ph

    I could not figure out CC or TC any help would be great. I think I need to get ph down and have acid for that. Salt will be added in a few days. What do I need to do after adding acid. The calculator says 8.3 oz is this right. How long after adding acid do I retest PH. Thanks to everyone in advance.
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    Re: First Time Tester

    which test kit?

    definitely test FC and pH for now and add slowly the acid until you're around 7.4... if you are running pump for several hours, you can retest a few times a day

    I kept my new pool at 7.2 for 30 days deliberately.

    no salt for at least 30 days and the recommendation I received here at TPF was preferably no salt for 60 days.

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    Re: First Time Tester

    It is the test kit from tfp.
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    Re: First Time Tester

    Quote Originally Posted by alf1096
    I could not figure out CC or TC any help would be great.
    Have you tried testing for overall chlorine level with the Yellow OTO drops, right next to the PH vial? If it does not turn any shade of yellow, you have no chlorine in the water and FC/CC will also register as zero on the FAD-DPD test.
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    Re: First Time Tester

    I'd get some chlorine in there pretty quick. You dont want to have an algae bloom out of the gate.

    After that it's just about checking through the list -

    PH - begin to add acid to bring that down.
    CYA - it would help to get some more in the pool. You'll be loosing chlorine to sunlight very quickly until then.
    CH - calcium seems low - but I'm not sure when the CH test is going to be "valid" Others will have opinions on when to start bringing that up into range.

    TA - it's fine, dont worry about it.
    Salt - hold off.

    Are you comfortable with the Pool Calculator for dosing?

    Did they leave you a big jug of Pucks?
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    Re: First Time Tester

    With fresh plaster the PH will go up quickly for the first three to five weeks, and more slowly after that. You need to keep the PH down below 8.0 at all times if you possibly can. That usually means significant daily additions of muriatic acid.

    TA and CH will come up as the plaster cures. Wait until the pool is about a month old before adjusting either one.

    Trichlor pucks are a good way to startup a new plaster pool. They will raise the FC and CYA levels and help keep the PH down. Make sure there are always pucks the puck feeder, or in the skimmer basket. If you use pucks in the skimmer basket, keep the pump running 24 hours a day, which is also a good idea during the first month for other reasons.
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    Re: First Time Tester

    I got the ph down it took twice the calculated dose. I guess it was up there. Adding cya as we speak and dumped in some bleach. Anything else I should be looking for now.

    any help on how to test cc would be great I did not see instructions on that.
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    Re: First Time Tester

    Quote Originally Posted by dmanb2b
    Quote Originally Posted by alf1096
    I could not figure out CC or TC any help would be great.
    Have you tried testing for overall chlorine level with the Yellow OTO drops, right next to the PH vial? If it does not turn any shade of yellow, you have no chlorine in the water and FC/CC will also register as zero on the FAD-DPD test.
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    Step 5 below is how to measure CC

    Chlorine Drop test - If you need to......1) measure Chlorine levels accurately or 2) higher than 5ppm or 3) test for Combined Chloramines…perform the Chlorine Drop Test. (FAS/DPD)
    1. Rinse and fill the “Chlorine only” graduated cylinder to the 10mL mark
    2. Add ONE heaping scoop of the R-870 powder and swirl to mix. (It may not all dissolve….don’t worry) The solution will turn pink. (unless you have no chlorine)
    3. Next, carefully add R-871 solution one drop at a time. Count each drop and swirl until the solution turns back to clear. Multiply the number of drops you added times .5 (14 drops X .5 = 7ppm)
    4. Record your results as FC (free chlorine)
    5. To test for Combined Chloramines, add 5 drops of R-0003 to the solution and swirl. If it remains clear, you have no CC’s. If it returns back to pink, add R-0871 as before, counting and swirling between each drop. Once the solution returns clear, multiply the added drops times .5 again…..this will be your CC reading. Record it. The total of FC and CC should be recorded as TC (total chlorine)
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