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    Pool School for Dummies

    25,600 Gallons
    TC 5
    PH 7.4
    TA 110
    CH 140
    CYA 45
    Borate 45

    Testing with a Taylor FAD-DPD kit.

    I have been following your suggestions for my pool using boric acid for borate and FC 3.5 - 5.5 range. Never has my pool been more beautiful. It is so crystal clear that I can see the bottom with clarity from my deck across a 33' pool expanse.

    Now for my Pool School for Dummies question. I am not sure when to shock the pool. I have topped off the chlorine (106 oz 6%) to maintain a 5 to 5.5 range and very little fall out the next day to vacuum. I am losing .5 chloride per day due to sun and limited swimming, example, Monday 5.5,Tuesday 5, Wednesday 4.5, Thursday 4, Thurdays night top off 106 oz. 6% bleach. Friday 5.5, Saturday 5 , etc.

    When I test my chloride (daily) and add the 5 drops of R-0003 the sample does not show pink, it gets a little greyer but never pink. I never used to R-0871 drops to get a CC number becasue I do not have a pink sample.

    Am I doing ok or am I missing something?

    Trouble free pools newby,

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    JasonLion's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Pool School for Dummies

    It sounds like you are doing very well

    There isn't normally any reason to shock the pool. As long as the water stays clear, CC remains at 0.5 or lower, and FC doesn't go to zero there isn't any reason to shock.
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    Mod Squad Bama Rambler's Avatar
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    Jun 2009
    SouthWest Alabama

    Re: Pool School for Dummies

    I'll just echo what Jason said,

    When you add the 5 drops of R-0003 and the sample stays clear, take that as a sign you're doing things right.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
    24' x 52" Round AGP. 2hp/¼hp SPL Power-Flo 2-speed pump. 200sqft Waterway Cartridge Filter. 45MHP2(3GPD) Stenner Peristaltic Pump
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