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    FINALLY got my test kit - first time numbers -now what?

    I'm so excited to have my kit!!!
    I just completed my first test and want to know your thoughts.

    FC 3
    CC 0.6
    Ph 8
    TA 160
    Ch 60
    CYA 20

    The pool store had my CYA so high! I guess they are notoriously wrong with testing. My water is cloudy, not clear but isn't green anymore. I can barely see the bottom of the shallow end and have never seen the bottom of the deep end.

    Please advise!
    Northern who moved to the south and now has a pool!

    25,000 gallon pool - plaster
    Purex Triton sand filter

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    Re: FINALLY got my test kit - first time numbers -now what?

    Now you go to the Chlorine/CYA chart and find your FC levels as they correspond to your CYA. With this information, you can begin the SHOCK process and soon, you will have control over your pool... and YES, you will see the bottom of the deep end.
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    Re: FINALLY got my test kit - first time numbers -now what?

    Your shock level is 24ppm so use the pool calculator to see how much chlorine to add to get your pool to that level and begin the shock process.
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    Re: FINALLY got my test kit - first time numbers -now what?

    I believe the Shock level would be 10 for a CYA value of 20. (I also thought CYA was 60 at first glance).
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    Re: FINALLY got my test kit - first time numbers -now what?

    That is correct i saw it as 60 and it is 20 glad you caught that ..
    Steve Frakes
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    Intex Sand Filter 16'' 2650 GPH
    Taylor K-2006 Test Kit
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    Re: FINALLY got my test kit - first time numbers -now what?

    Congrats on your new test kit!

    First, lower your pH to about 7.2, and wait at least 30 minutes before adding bleach.

    Then start the shock process and, Yep, your shock level is 10.
    Use the PoolCalculator.com to figure doses for you.

    I suggest you add enough CYA to reach about 30ppm for now.
    Use the sock method in front of a return
    Don't test for CYA for about a week.

    24 hours after you add the CYA, increase your shock level to 12.

    You should redo the CH test (with a plaster pool, sure hope you ordered a speedstir).
    If you confirm a low number, you will need to increase calcium up to between 250 and 350.
    Wait until you are done shocking and THEN take care of the low CH.

    Each time your pH rises to 7.8, lower it back to 7.2 with muriatic acid.
    Over time, this will lower your TA. Do not worry about it now.
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