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    My first pool

    We just bought our first house and it came with a pool. Our pool has been open a couple of weeks now and I just finished a 3 day shock session to clear out an algae overgrowth. The pool is no longer green but it is still cloudy. I have a chlorine and pH test kit that came with the pool. The pH is 7.4, which is supposed to be ideal and the chlorine is at 2.5. I brushed the pool daily throughout the shocking and continued to do so once the green was gone. I have been trying to vacuum it but my hose won't stay on the vacuum for more than 1/3 of the pool at a time. I just want to be able to swim in my pool.
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    Re: My first pool

    Welcome to TFP!

    How has the filter pressure been behaving, and have you needed to backwash the filter during this process? Also can you describe the water a little more, for example what color is the water?

    Posting a full set of water test results would help a great deal. Ideally you should have your own test kit, but a full set of results from a pool store will do.
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    Re: My first pool

    I will be picking up a six way test kit as recommended later today. For now, the water is blue-cloudy and I have had to backwash the filter several times a day since I started; except for it was fine this morning and seems to be needing it less.
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    That sounds very promising. Hopefully another couple of days and everything will be all cleaned up.
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    Re: My first pool

    Patience Grasshoppa!
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    Welcome to the Forum! Sounds like it is well on the way. Lets know how it goes.
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    Re: My first pool

    How do i add the baking soda to my pool? through the filter basket, or just pour it around right in to the pool?
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    Re: My first pool

    It doesn't sound to me like you are finished shocking. Did you read through the shock process in pool school?

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    Re: My first pool

    yeah, shocking is now done and i had a water sample analyzed. my cya was zero so i fixed that and now i need to boost my ta from 40 but i am unsure of how to add the baking soda to my pool.
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    Re: My first pool

    You can just broadcast it over the pool surface.
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    Re: My first pool

    Blue cloudy doesn't meet the criteria for completing the shock process, but I'd say it is nit-picky. If you didn't measure your overnight chlorine loss, you don't have a way to know if your shocking is complete. I noticed you said you were picking up a test kit, so I am making the assumption you didn't perform an OCLT. I would hate for you to get this far and not complete the process, and end up having a chlorine-eating monster on your hand.
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    Re: My first pool

    It's not nit-picky....You're done shocking when: 1)You lose 1ppm or less FC overnight, & 2)You have .5ppm CC's or less, & 3)your water is clear.
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    Re: My first pool

    Seems like there's more time, chlorine, and energy wasted in not using the above three rules for shocking than there ever would be if they were followed.

    So... no, not so nit-picky when you consider the added misery that missing the shock boat lands you with.

    OP is also getting a 6-way kit. The most prevalent one of those is the HTH kit which does not test for CC and as such, rather useless when there's an algae issue. The only reason it's called 6-way is because it also tests for bromine. There's your 6th way. It's actually a 5-way kit.
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