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Thread: First water test by pool store, need advice.....

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    Jun 2011
    Clintwood Virginia

    First water test by pool store, need advice.....

    Here are my numbers, could someone help me out, I have the print out from the pool store, but dang it's A LOT of chemicals...... this print out says it should be used for BioGuard products only, but I don't know....

    14,800 gallons, vinyl above ground

    Temp 70
    Saturation index .4
    TDS 300
    CYA 0
    Total Chlorine 9
    Free Chlorine 9
    pH 8.4
    Tot Alk 35
    Adj total Alk 35
    Total hardness 271
    Optimizer + 11

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    Jun 2010
    Copperas Cove, Texas

    Re: First water test by pool store, need advice.....

    Welcome to TFP!

    Based off of these numbers, you need to do is bring your PH down. Anywhere between 7.2 and 7.8. Any higher or lower could create a lot of problems for the pool and equipment. Next, bring your CYA up to about 30ppm to start off with. Your TA is a little low and needs to come up.

    Pool stores have been known to be off on there testing so your current numbers may be off. Order a good test kit of your own. TFtestkits or the Taylor 2006 kit are the best out there. See the test kit link in my signature.

    Mark Crook
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    Sebring, Florida

    Re: First water test by pool store, need advice.....

    Pool store testing is awful!! That said, they are usually decent at pH so you need to get your pH down into the mid 7's today using muriatic acid. Do that, post the results and we'll help you get everything else right.

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    Re: First water test by pool store, need advice.....

    Is this a newly filled pool? If so, can you tell us what chemicals you have added so far? I am wondering about the reading for Optimizer, have you added that or is that a bogus number?
    23,000 gallon in ground pool with rock waterfall and spillover spa, Aqualink control system, Polaris 380 cleaner, Purex Triton Clean&Clear Plus cartridge filter. Located in The Woodlands, Texas.

    Pool owner since Nov 2008, Trouble Free since April 2009. Happy to help when I can.

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    Aug 2010
    Dallas, TX

    Re: First water test by pool store, need advice.....

    Time to go to Home Depot and get Muriatic Acid! Use to estimate the right amount. That said, get your own test kit and your accuracy will go way up!
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