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    Cloudy pool

    Problem. Water is cloudy

    Note: My pool is 15K gallon , concrete, Location : Central Florida
    Pump is running since 9/12 till today
    I DONOT have pool vaccume

    History of events:
    9/11 : water was greenish / cloudy
    added algaecid after 1 hour 2 shocks
    clean filer every 4 hours, brush walls/floor
    test at shop , they said wait till it gets clear

    9/12 : Water light green / cloudy
    tested at shop she told me to shock with 2 bags
    Following are the reading on 9/12 evening

    9/13 : Water is blueish / clody

    9/14 : Water is blueish / cludy

    Reading on 9/12 evening @ shop
    Temp : 80"
    Saturation Indx : 0.2
    TDS : 4500
    CYA : 70
    Tot Chlorine : 9
    Free Chlorine: 6
    Ph : 7.6
    Tot Alkalinity: 108
    Adj Alka : 87
    Tot Hardness : 302
    Minerals : 3100

    Let me know if you need more details
    Thanks in advance for help.
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    Re: Cloudy pool

    You have algae. The cloudiness is dead algae.

    It can be solved fairly quickly if you a) get your own proper test kit, b)shock the pool following the directions in Pool School. Pool School is where you need to start.

    I cannot stress the necessity of a proper test kit enough.
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    Re: Cloudy pool

    Any suggestion on which kit to buy / from where

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    Re: Cloudy pool

    TF100 or Taylor K2006, see comparisons here http://www.troublefreepool.com/pool-...kit_comparison
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    Re: Cloudy pool

    Quote Originally Posted by msgtdan
    TF100 or Taylor K2006, see comparisons here http://www.troublefreepool.com/pool-...kit_comparison
    I will order one of these, it will take about 4-5 days for this to arrive !!

    Any intermediate solution ?
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    Re: Cloudy pool

    You will need a pool vacuum.
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    Re: Cloudy pool

    An HTH 6-way with dilution testing of the chlorine test, avg of multiple pool store results, best guess using the pool calculator http://www.poolcalculator.com/. None of which are optimal for shocking but can get you started. The TF100 usually comes pretty quick from all reports, Shipping on the east coast is usually 1-2 days. The HTH 6-way is available at Walmart seasonally and is really intended for temporary pools like I currently am using. Pool stores are notoriously bad with their tests. Best guess with the pool calculator is just that, read up in pool school http://www.troublefreepool.com/pool-school/ how to use it, it can be a little tricky the first few times. You enter the size of your pool at the top, the type of pool and TFP near the bottom.
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    Re: Cloudy pool

    I'm in Texas and Dave had it to me in 3 days I think. It won't take as long as it says. Especially in Fla.
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    Re: Cloudy pool

    Does everyone agree he should start shocking immediately? And no, I don't mean that pool store stuff! If it was me I'd use the readings as a temporary basis and begin the shock.

    But I'm new too...just saying what I would do.
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    Re: Cloudy pool

    Sir what do you mean by "shocking with not that swim store stuff"

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    Re: Cloudy pool

    Are you going to use the BBB method?
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    Re: Cloudy pool

    Quote Originally Posted by sunny8088
    Sir what do you mean by "shocking with not that swim store stuff"

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    You really need to read pool school... Shocking is a process not a product you dump in the pool.... To shock you maintain a high fc/cya ratio as stated here: pool-school/shocking_your_pool
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    Re: Cloudy pool

    Sunny, as stated several times already, you need to become familiar with Pool School. Especially the section Rob just pointed out regarding Shocking.

    And yes, as Rob eluded to....Shock is a verb, not a noun. Do not buy "Shock". That is the reason I asked if you were going to use the BBB method. The only reason I can see myself going to a pool store ever again is if my test kit was somehow unusable and I needed a quick test (which I still wouldn't fully trust for an extended period of time).

    Going by your pool company's numbers, it looks like you'd have to add 684 oz of 6% Bleach to get to shock level. That is assuming you haven't lost any in the last two days, which you probably have. You might want to get a newer test than 2 days ago.

    Can't stress the importance of a good test kit. I hope yours is delivered soon.
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    Re: Cloudy pool

    Most of us use Bleach from the grocery store or walmart to shock and maintain chlorine with. We use the cheapest stuff we can find and still have the proper amount based on percent. Most, not all, grocery store bleach is 6%. Sometimes you will run across 5, 10 or 12%, just make sure if you use that to plug that percent into the pool calculator and it'll tell you how much to use to get to your target.

    I agree you should get at least some chlorine into the pool or you'll have a full blown swamp.
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    Re: Cloudy pool

    And although 684 oz of bleach sounds like a shocking amount, pun intended, it is not too much to get your pool up to the required chlorine level for the shock process. And it is cheaper than the pool store "shock" material which will add undesirable additional calcium. Just learning myself, but was put off at first by the idea of buying gallons of bleach. Read up on it and it just makes sense.
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    Re: Cloudy pool

    Thank you all for all you comments.

    They are very helpful. I will go & shop for test kit & bleach as suggested.

    Will keep you posted.

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    Re: Cloudy pool

    Ordered TF-100 from http://tftestkits.net. Going to Walmart to get my 6% bleach .
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    Re: Cloudy pool

    Your pool didn't come with a vacuum? Do you see anything on the pool floor like dirt or algae? You really need to shop around for a manual vacuum, you can buy an expensive one that will do it for you, but I prefer to do it myself.
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    Re: Cloudy pool

    Quote Originally Posted by sunny8088
    Ordered TF-100 from http://tftestkits.net. Going to Walmart to get my 6% bleach .
    Smart move on the kit. Get a lot of bleach! I use the "Great Value" brand and it works great. Just double check and make sure it's 6%. It's about $2.80 I think here for the 182oz bottles.
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    Re: Cloudy pool

    As you know

    1. Ordered the kit yesterday (shipped in 1 hour)
    2. Went to Aldi got lot of 6% bleach
    3. Getting Baracuda G3 today

    Pool is blue but still cloudy.

    Will get in action when kit arrive. Will go to pool store to get the numbers.

    Thanks
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