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Thread: First water test of my foreclosed pool - advice?

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    First water test of my foreclosed pool - advice?

    I took some water to a friend who works at a pool store (someone not trying to sale me something) and had him test my water to see where I stood. I basically guessed at everything to see how far off I was. My refill on my test kit has not arrived. Here are the numbers:

    FC: 3.4
    TC: 4.2
    CC: 0.8
    pH: 7.9
    Hardness: 140 ppm
    Alk: 111 ppm (would this be TA?)
    CYA: 30 ppm

    My friend told me I could use some Calcium Hardness Increaser. Looks to me I need some CYA and Muriatic Acid. Going to put the numbers in the Pool Calulator.

    Thanks in advance.

    jed

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    Re: First water test of my foreclosed pool - advice?

    Forgot to add:

    28000 gallons (I think more like 30000)
    Water 73 (f)
    Plaster pool

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    Re: First water test of my foreclosed pool - advice?

    Realize he is not trying to sell you anything, but how were the tests done? Strips? Computer analysis of the strips? Drops? It is not that they are trying to sell something per se, but some of the methods used by the pool stores are just not very accurate.

    Yes the Alk is TA ... having 111 makes me think is was some automated testing system.

    I would just lower the pH a bit for now and make sure the FC stays 2-4ppm while waiting for your refills.
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    Re: First water test of my foreclosed pool - advice?

    I would just lower the pH a bit for now and make sure the FC stays 2-4ppm while waiting for your refills.
    Yep, good idea.
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    Re: First water test of my foreclosed pool - advice?

    Yes, Alk is TA. We call Hardness CH.

    For a plaster pool you want Hardness/CH between 250 and 350. Your CH level is rather low at 140.
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