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    First test results with the TF-100

    So i started my OCLT last night. Heres what i got.
    7.5 FC
    0.5 CC

    This am i wake up and i get
    4.5 FC
    0.5 CC

    The rest of my numbers look like this.
    7.2 ph
    140 TA
    200 TH
    40 CYA

    My water is crystal clear with just a little bit of dirt on the bottom middle. i thought that was the dead algea, but maybe it is alive.
    Should i start the shock process today and do another OCLT tonight? and how big of a deal is it that my FC went from 7.5 to 4.5?

    I know i have 2 out of 3 taken care of in the shock process so i know i'm pretty close. This stuff is all new to me, this is only my second season with a pool and first after seeing this site. is the shock process my next step?
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    Re: First test results with the TF-100

    There are obviously some kind of organics in the water consuming chlorine. You should shock the pool, which means raise to shock level today and repeat the OCLT tonight. Brushing, and perhaps vacuuming, the entire pool is also a good idea.
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    Re: First test results with the TF-100

    Thanks for the reply. Is it better to dump the bleach in the skimmer basket or in front of the return?
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    Re: First test results with the TF-100

    Quote Originally Posted by vanmic35
    Thanks for the reply. Is it better to dump the bleach in the skimmer basket or in front of the return?
    We recommend to pour slowly in front of the return.
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    Re: First test results with the TF-100

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    You know what you need to do... If the water is clear, it should only take a day or two. And if you think it's clear now, wait 'til you see what it looks like after a week of being perfectly balanced!
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    Re: First test results with the TF-100

    nipping as i type. i added 350 oz of 6% about an hour ago. just tested now i have 14.5 fc and .5 cc. i am almost to the shock level. i'm going to add more 6% to get it above 16. i do have one question. can i brush the pool while i'm waiting an hour or so to test again?
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    Re: First test results with the TF-100

    brushing, filtering and cleaning in any way possible is an essential part of the shock process. You can do it anytime and you can't do it too often.
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    Re: First test results with the TF-100

    Thanks for the quick reply! You guys are awesome!
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    Re: First test results with the TF-100

    ok so i finally got my FC level up to 17 (16 is the shock level) and my CC is still at 0.5. I'm going to give it one more hour above shock level, then let it come back down and do another OCLT and cross my fingers.
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    Re: First test results with the TF-100

    I saw the Ninja Edit. Maybe instead of crossing your fingers you keep it at shock level the rest of the day and then do the OCLT tonight? I know per the instructions it's not needed.....
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    Re: First test results with the TF-100

    it came down a bit to 15 this last hour. i'm starting to see a bit of brown stuff forming on the bottom of the pool, so i'm guessing its killing stuff. i added more bleach to get it above 16. drained all my bleach supply, pun intened. gotta go refill.
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    Re: First test results with the TF-100

    Do not let the FC significantly below your shock level until you pass all three criteria in the shocking process (also in my sig).
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    Re: First test results with the TF-100

    tested one last time tonight and came up with this:
    14.5 FC
    0.5 CC
    7.5 ph
    110 TA (down a bit from a couple days ago)
    TH:200
    CYA:35ish

    I'm very happy with those numbers. I think they are reasonable.

    I can see i need to vacuum tomorrow when i get off of work.

    Heres a picture of what it looked like earlier today:

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    Re: First test results with the TF-100

    We mush sound like broken records, but we know from experience that stopping too soon can put you back where you started. SO, have you passed the OCLT yet? See: http://www.troublefreepool.com/pool-...rnight_fc_test If you haven't, then you haven't finished the shocking process.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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