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    2 Week Pool Owner

    New owner for about 2 weeks. Recently bought the house. New owners installed new liner as condition of sale. They didn't run pump for several days. Water really murky. After daily brushing and suctioning, pool looks much better. Pool is cloudy, more noticable in deep end.

    Took some pics but not sure how much you can see. Will have to find test kits I have read discussed here. Currently using strips left by previous owner.
    Current readings are below:
    Free chlorine still at 0 after 900 oz of chlorine bleach
    HELP

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    IG-vinyl liner, 39,000 gallons, Hayward 1 1/2 hp super pump, Sand filter (not sure on flow)
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    Re: 2 Week Pool Owner

    Welcome to TFP!

    It looks like CYA is either very low or zero. When CYA is very low you lose all of your chlorine to sunlight each day. I suggest raising CYA to around 30 to 50.

    Your TA looks to be high, so keep an eye on PH, which may tend to go up on its own.

    Getting a real test kit will be a big help. In the meantime, try adding CYA and chlorine; and also do some reading in Pool School
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    Re: 2 Week Pool Owner

    Thanks. Out getting ph minus and cya now. Will read up at Pool U
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    Re: 2 Week Pool Owner

    Quote Originally Posted by smithp
    Thanks. Out getting ph minus and cya now. Will read up at Pool U
    If the pH result on the strip is accurate, it looks fine. I would not add any pH Minus yet until you can get an accurate TA reading. When you're ready to reduce your TA, you can use the pH Minus if you already have it or Muriatic Acid which 1/4 the cost. It is sold in the paint section of most hardware/big box stores. Use the Pool Calculator to lower your pH to 7.0-7.2 which will also lower your TA. Then aerate the water by pointing your return up so it breaks the surface to get the pH back to 7.5 leaving your TA lower.
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    Re: 2 Week Pool Owner

    smithp,

    Stay focused on the two things you REALLY need to clear your pool.....Chlorine and CYA to protect the chlorine from the sun.

    Read ABC's of Pool Water chemistry in Pool School and get chlorine in your pool.
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    Re: 2 Week Pool Owner

    Here is today's strip check. Would love some interrater reliability feedback on my readings. I read this as:
    TH - 300
    FC - 10+
    pH - 8.0
    TA - 80
    CYA - 60-80

    My epiphany....wait for it....New Strips...old strips (same brand, left by previous owner) still read 0 free chlorine
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    Re: 2 Week Pool Owner

    The PH is presumably high because of the high FC level, so your numbers all look good. Is the water still cloudy? If the filter is working correctly, you should see a visible improvement in the water each day.
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    Re: 2 Week Pool Owner

    Water is clearing up. More algae in spots. Todays strip below. Not sure what to make of the pH. Pic is probably after 2 mins wet on the strip.

    TF-100 has been ordered
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    Locale - NE Texas

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    Re: 2 Week Pool Owner

    Test the PH again as soon as FC comes down below 10 and see what you get then.
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    Re: 2 Week Pool Owner

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