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    New to the BBB method

    I am new to using this method this year. I must say that so far I am very pleased! After spending tons of cash at the pool store last season and never getting a clear pool something had to change. I have read and reread the pool school....so much so my dh thinks I am obsessed with the pool and this site I have come to terms with the fact I will not be dropping in tablets this year... so I just need to check my FC level every evening and add the appropriate amount of bleach? Also my water is very cloudy, but getting better everyday. I have been vacuuming to waste because we had a tragic event of the cover going in with alot of leaves and debris. I can't see the bottom of the pool. Is this procedure ok? Thanks for any and all advice!
    17K gal, AG, Hayward Sandfilter, new to the BBB method.

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    Re: New to the BBB method

    To answer your question directly. Yes it's fine to vacuum to waste even when you can't see what you're vacuuming.

    Now as an aside. I hope you're shocking your pool if you have a lot of debris in it. Post a full set of test results and how you got them and we'll advise you on how you're doing.
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    Re: New to the BBB method

    I am working with a walmart test kit for now. I have been shocking the pool for 5 days and been through 35 gallons of bleach. It looks so much better! Here are my latest results.
    FC- 10+
    CC- .5
    PH- 7.2 from what I have read this is not reliable with high FC levels. It was 8.4 when I started and I added the acid at that time
    TA- 80
    CYA-0 I have added 5lbs

    When we are brushing and vacuuming we are getting less and less with every go around. I think it is almost clean, but of course cant see.
    Thanks!
    17K gal, AG, Hayward Sandfilter, new to the BBB method.

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    Re: New to the BBB method

    Sounds like you're on the right track. I would buy enough CYA to get to about 30ppm and put that in there right away. You will use much less chlorine.
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    Re: New to the BBB method

    Looks like you're doing good. Keep vacuuming and brushing and shocking of course. You'll need a good test kit in order to really know when you're done shocking. Without a good kit you'll wind up shocking a few more days than needed and using more bleach than needed but don't let down till you're absolutely sure it's done.
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    Re: New to the BBB method

    It sounds like you have a good grasp of how it goes. Only one question - did you suspend the CYA in a sock, or pour it in the skimmer? Because if you put it in the skimmer, and you've backwashed, you probably lost it all.
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    Re: New to the BBB method

    I put the stabilizer in a sock and it is almost dissolved as of last night. The cloudiness just keeps getting better! I couldn't be more pleased with my progress and all the knowledge I have got from this site! You guys rock!
    17K gal, AG, Hayward Sandfilter, new to the BBB method.

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