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    possible scaling

    I have an 18x36 vinyl and i think i am having a scaling problem. i have a rough feeling on my walls, feels like sandpaper. my pool stor reccomended scaling and stain remover. i just wated to get you guys 2cents. i dont have all my pool #'s on hand. it also is very milky and cloudy looking. i am thinking about flocking it tommorow. any suggestions?
    18x36 In-Ground Vinyl.
    1 1/2hp Hayward Super Pump.
    1 1/2in piping
    300# Hayward Sand Filter.
    Polaris 180 Pool Cleaner and 3/4 hp Booster Pump
    Goldline SWG 40k.
    North Georgia

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    Re: possible scaling

    That does sound very much like a calcium scaling problem. You really need a full set of test results to figure out how to correct the problem. I wouldn't bother with flock. If it is calcium then flocking won't help, and if it is algae flocking won't help.
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    Re: possible scaling

    i will provide a full set of numbers in the am
    18x36 In-Ground Vinyl.
    1 1/2hp Hayward Super Pump.
    1 1/2in piping
    300# Hayward Sand Filter.
    Polaris 180 Pool Cleaner and 3/4 hp Booster Pump
    Goldline SWG 40k.
    North Georgia

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    Re: possible scaling

    Finally gaot a min to get a sample
    Ph 7.0 andded some ph up last night
    TA 82
    CYA 23
    FC 2.3
    TH 125


    I also added 1 cup of DE to my sand filter to help and filter out some of the fine particles and my pool store is still recommending that i FLOC the pool tonight so all the **** will fall out and i can vaccum.

    So any suggestions on the Scalling problem?
    18x36 In-Ground Vinyl.
    1 1/2hp Hayward Super Pump.
    1 1/2in piping
    300# Hayward Sand Filter.
    Polaris 180 Pool Cleaner and 3/4 hp Booster Pump
    Goldline SWG 40k.
    North Georgia

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    Re: possible scaling

    If those numbers are right, which I have some doubts about, then there is no suggestion of calcium scaling or calcium clouding. Your PH/TA/CH levels are low enough to actually remove calcium scale from the walls.

    Floc will usually get everything to fall to the bottom, at which point you need to vacuum it up to waste very carefully so it won't get stirred up again. It is a lot of work, drains water from the pool, and doesn't always work. If you are in a hurry, and have a multi-port that allows you to vacuum to waste, then go for it. I would wait and let the filter do it's job.

    Have you tried scraping the roughness off the walls with a fingernail? If so, does anything scrape off and what does it look like?
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