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    new pool have test results help please

    Hi,pool full here are my test results.
    fc .5
    cc 0
    tc .5
    ph 7.4
    ta 280
    ch 240
    cya 0 filled tfp 100 test tube till top and still seen black dot so below 20
    installer added 4 gallons of shock and after I put in sock with about 1 pound of stabilizer in it that was yesterday while pool was filling. test results are from tonight after pool was full and filter running all day.what should I add tonight. also am going to do the bbb method and and borates have all the stuff to do it.do I wait til everything else is right first before borates added. Thanks
    18' by 33' 52" AG oval pool 15,700 gallons brand new going up 6-6-11
    22" pentair sand filter 1 1/2 hp motor wide mouth skimmer and main drain center bottom hard plumbed

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    Re: new pool have test results help please

    Hi and welcome

    Your TA is very high. What you will find is over time, your PH is going to creep up. You absolutely want to postpone a Borates addition until the TA is brought down into range. You can do this slowly, the lazy way, or rig up an aerator and speed the process up. That is a personal decision. So is borates. Not everyone has them - I don't. So everytime the PH hits 7.8, you lower it with muratic acid down to 7.2. Eventually the TA will lower down into range, because the acid lowers TA as well.

    Now, you don't have enough CYA added. On your pool - it's going to take at least 4 more lbs to get you into range. You don't need to do the sock method when you have new fresh fill - just add it directly to the skimmer and let it dissolve in your filter. run the filter for 24-48 hours while its dissolving - then wait 5-7 days before you test again.

    What kind of bleach/chlorine do you have on hand?
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    Re: new pool have test results help please

    For now, you need chlorine. Fast.

    If it's a fresh fill, you won't see any CYA for about a week after you added it, so just assume it's there and don't bother testing for it for a week. Save your test reagents.

    Pool Calculator says you'll need about 4 lbs of CYA to get up to 30, which is the minimum you should have. So that one pound you added isn't enough.

    This article explains it all. Don't let the titrle throw you, it's the same sequence.
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    Re: new pool have test results help please

    I have granduladed shock, I have ultra bleach from aldi, also chlorine pills. should i use some granduladed shock to raise cya level first.
    18' by 33' 52" AG oval pool 15,700 gallons brand new going up 6-6-11
    22" pentair sand filter 1 1/2 hp motor wide mouth skimmer and main drain center bottom hard plumbed

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    Re: new pool have test results help please

    Check the label on that granulated shock. If it's Calcium Hypochlorite, don't use it. It adds Calcium; your CH is okay.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: new pool have test results help please

    How do I lower the ta
    18' by 33' 52" AG oval pool 15,700 gallons brand new going up 6-6-11
    22" pentair sand filter 1 1/2 hp motor wide mouth skimmer and main drain center bottom hard plumbed

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    Re: new pool have test results help please

    Quote Originally Posted by damaster
    How do I lower the ta
    Funny you should ask! There's an article entitled.....

    drum roll....

    How to Lower TA in Pool School!
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    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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