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    New to forum and pools, having issues with pool...

    Over the past week I have been reading "ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry" and a bunch of other articles and topics trying to figure out how to get my pool back to clear. Well I finally decided to join and post a topic of my own to make sure that I'm doing things correctly.

    (Very new pool owner....bought this house that included the pool over the winter and have had no idea how to care for it)
    I started out with a pool full of algae a couple weeks ago. Cleaned it out completely and shocked it twice (before I ordered test kit). I ordered and have been using the TF-100 test kit over the past couple days based on the recommendations of this site. The previous shock treatments definitely helped and now the pool is a cloudy green/bluish color. Here are my results from the test kit.....

    pH = 7.5
    FC = 3.5
    CC = 1.5
    T/A = 140
    CH = 170
    CYA = 0 (performed this test a few times, always zero)

    I have a sock of stabilizer sitting in the skimmer for the past couple days too. If it helps, I also have approx. 5,000 gal pool with cartridge filter.

    As of right now I am planning on bringing my FC levels up to a shock level of 10 and doing frequent testing to keep it there.
    Is this the right process for getting my water clear again, or is there more I should be doing to change the test numbers I have above?
    Steve (I use the TF-100 kit)
    Northern New Jersey
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    2 floor mains, 2 floor returns, 2 skimmers, 2 wall returns
    Tagelus Sand Filter, 1.0 HP superflo pump, hayward cl220 chlorinator
    electric heater, electric opaque safety cover

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    Re: New to forum and pools, having issues with pool...

    Welcome to the forum. It looks to me like you are on the right track. Doing your homework and being able to test accuratley realy, really helps....both you and the folks who respond.....Thanks!

    Did you calculate your CYA dosage? If so, what ppm did you calculate to get to?
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    Re: New to forum and pools, having issues with pool...

    Thank you!

    I used the pool calculator and entered 40 for the target CYA. It said to add 28oz of stabilizer. Hope this answers what you were asking. Still getting used to all of this info.
    Steve (I use the TF-100 kit)
    Northern New Jersey
    18,000 gallon in ground kidney shape with vinyl liner, 4 ft shallow end, 6 ft deep end
    2 floor mains, 2 floor returns, 2 skimmers, 2 wall returns
    Tagelus Sand Filter, 1.0 HP superflo pump, hayward cl220 chlorinator
    electric heater, electric opaque safety cover

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    Re: New to forum and pools, having issues with pool...

    Also, I wanted to ask about shock testing. How long after adding shock should I wait before I test for the FC level? Do I just add shock around the perimeter of the pool or do I add it directly into the skimmer. (Above ground pool by the way)
    Steve (I use the TF-100 kit)
    Northern New Jersey
    18,000 gallon in ground kidney shape with vinyl liner, 4 ft shallow end, 6 ft deep end
    2 floor mains, 2 floor returns, 2 skimmers, 2 wall returns
    Tagelus Sand Filter, 1.0 HP superflo pump, hayward cl220 chlorinator
    electric heater, electric opaque safety cover

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    Re: New to forum and pools, having issues with pool...

    Give it an hour to mix in before testing.

    We recommend pre-dissolving most powdered/granular chemicals in a bucket and then pouring that slowly in front of a return jet with the pump running.
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    Re: New to forum and pools, having issues with pool...

    What "shock" are you using? Powdered chlorine are either adding CH or CYA. So make sure you do not overshoot your CYA. Liquid chlorine avoids adding anything but FC.

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    Re: New to forum and pools, having issues with pool...

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle
    What "shock" are you using? Powdered chlorine are either adding CH or CYA. So make sure you do not overshoot your CYA. Liquid chlorine avoids adding anything but FC.

    Posted with Tapatalk ... sorry if I sound short ... hate typing on phone
    I am using a liquid "pool shock" that I bought from a local pool store. Is this good enough to use or is there something else that I should be using? Thanks
    Steve (I use the TF-100 kit)
    Northern New Jersey
    18,000 gallon in ground kidney shape with vinyl liner, 4 ft shallow end, 6 ft deep end
    2 floor mains, 2 floor returns, 2 skimmers, 2 wall returns
    Tagelus Sand Filter, 1.0 HP superflo pump, hayward cl220 chlorinator
    electric heater, electric opaque safety cover

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    Re: New to forum and pools, having issues with pool...

    The shock value for your "new" level of CYA is 16-------not 10.
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    Re: New to forum and pools, having issues with pool...

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp
    The shock value for your "new" level of CYA is 16-------not 10.
    So keep my FC level at 16 until the water clears?
    Steve (I use the TF-100 kit)
    Northern New Jersey
    18,000 gallon in ground kidney shape with vinyl liner, 4 ft shallow end, 6 ft deep end
    2 floor mains, 2 floor returns, 2 skimmers, 2 wall returns
    Tagelus Sand Filter, 1.0 HP superflo pump, hayward cl220 chlorinator
    electric heater, electric opaque safety cover

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    Re: New to forum and pools, having issues with pool...

    Yep.

    There are complete instructions on shocking in Pool School.
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    Re: New to forum and pools, having issues with pool...

    Quote Originally Posted by sidewinder
    Is this good enough to use or is there something else that I should be using? Thanks
    That's exactly what you should be using. You've got a great handle on the process.
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