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    New to BBB I have a question.

    I have had my CYA checked and it is at 53 ppm. I have dropped the water level to try to get it at 50 or just below. I live in Arkansas so I have tons of sunlight.

    What is the recomended level of CYA in high sunlight area?
    And I am also going through a shock cycle. It is recomending me get the FC to around 20. I am very gun shy to pout that much bleach in my pool. I am up to about 6 gallons so far today. Is this normal? My FC is falling pretty quickly as I am checking it every 30 to an hour.
    Brent

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    Re: New to BBB I have a question.

    50 if you do not have a Saltwater Chlorine generator (swg). 53 is close enough to 50...in fact it is essentially the same number since the test accuracy is +/- 15 ppm (in the 30 to 90 ppm range).
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    Re: New to BBB I have a question.

    Should I be gun shy about dumping gallon after gallon of bleach into the pool per the pool calculator?
    Brent

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    Re: New to BBB I have a question.

    Quote Originally Posted by rabbitdundied
    Should I be gun shy about dumping gallon after gallon of bleach into the pool per the pool calculator?
    No.
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    Re: New to BBB I have a question.

    Thanks 7 jugs down off to buy out Kroger.
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    Re: New to BBB I have a question.

    Can you post your pool and equipment specs in your sig? It helps us help you.

    by the way I forgot...

    Welcome to tfp, rabbitdundied
    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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    Re: New to BBB I have a question.

    Quote Originally Posted by rabbitdundied
    Thanks 7 jugs down off to buy out Kroger.
    You must have a big pool?
    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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    Re: New to BBB I have a question.

    Welcome fellow Arkansas-an! You will love, love, love this site!
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    Re: New to BBB I have a question.

    20,000 gal vinyl rectangle
    Heyward Filter Pro Series
    1 hp pump

    anything else?
    Brent

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    Re: New to BBB I have a question.

    The shock calculator recommended I get the FC up to 20. My test kit only reads to 6 so I am off to purchase another. I think by estimation it is up around 8-10 right now while shocking.
    Brent

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    Re: New to BBB I have a question.

    You really should just order one of the recommended test kits (see link in signature). The FAS-DPD chlorine test is the only test that will reliably test at the high FC #s needed while shocking ... and it is very rare to find that test locally (it is like the pool stores do not want you to know about it ... and further weird, most pool stores do not use it for their own testing).
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    Re: New to BBB I have a question.

    Chlorine FAS-DPD Service Test Kit

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    Prices and availability may vary between stores and online.[attachment=0:20zz7jzm]pool test kit.jpg[/attachment:20zz7jzm]This is the one the local store carries. Will this work?
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    Re: New to BBB I have a question.

    That is the same as the K-2006. That is correct (although kind of over-priced for what you can get it for at tftestkits.net)

    Make sure they do not try to pull a bait-and-switch on you and say the DPD Test Kit (K-2005) is the same thing.
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    New to BBB I have a question.

    If you end up purchasing the Taylor kit get the 2006c kit
    It has the larger 2oz reagent bottles.
    18' x 33' Aqua leader AGP (~19k gal) w/hayward swimpro voyager cartridge filter and 2hp hayward pump.
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    Re: New to BBB I have a question.

    You should have seen the looks I got buying 12 bottles of bleach at WM. One lady gawked so much I told her I was getting rid of a body.
    Brent

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    Re: New to BBB I have a question.

    Quote Originally Posted by rabbitdundied
    You should have seen the looks I got buying 12 bottles of bleach at WM. One lady gawked so much I told her I was getting rid of a body.
    It's after midnight and I'm laughing my off!
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    Done with the shocking process, still slightly cloudy.

    20000 gallon
    vinyl rectangle
    1hp with Heyward filter

    I still have not received my elaborate testing kit so I am working with what I have.

    FC 6
    pH 7.6
    TA 70
    CYA 50 cannot measure but this is what it was 2 days ago based on what my pool store advised me.
    CH cannot test yet
    Borate cannot test yet

    The pool has been clearing up slowly. After starting with a green bottom pool. I now show no signs of visible algae. The overnight test showed a drop from a FC of 5 to a 4 so I think I have finally finished the shocking process after two days of shocking. That is if I am doing things correctly.

    I have vacuumed the pool and I can now barely see the bottom of the deep end.

    Two Questions:

    The pool has a soft feel to it. And after swimming our skin is really dry. Is something else not correct I am not considering?

    Should the pool take this long to clear up?


    BTW thanks for the help this site is awesome.
    Brent

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    Re: Done with the shocking process, still slightly cloudy.

    I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you're not done shocking.

    There are 3 tests that must be passed. The first two you can't really be sure of, because your FC test probably isn't accurate enough. The third test: "the water is clear", hasn't passed yet by your own admission "I can now barely see the bottom of the deep end."

    Two Questions:

    The pool has a soft feel to it. And after swimming our skin is really dry. Is something else not correct I am not considering?

    Should the pool take this long to clear up?
    Once you get the fancy test kit and get all the readings, you'll have a clue if something is out of whack and why your skin gets dry.

    Two days would be almost a record for clearing a pool. And as I said above, you're not done yet. Keep up the bleach.
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    Re: Done with the shocking process, still slightly cloudy.

    I don't mind bad news. That is why I asked. Thanks. Back to shocking. Thanks
    Brent

    29,000 Gallon In Ground Pool, Blue Gem Quartz Finish, DE Filter, Completed 9/7/12

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    Re: Done with the shocking process, still slightly cloudy.

    Ok I went back and re-read the how to shock your pool process. That was my fault in the first place.

    My crappy test kit says my TC which is what I assume they are claiming as FC is well above 5 which is the highest it reads. It also says my CC is well above 5.

    My question is this. Will the CC fix itself with continued shocking or do I manipulate this somehow that I have missed?

    I hope I can make it through this shocking process with this cheapo kit I have or my new kit makes it by the time I really need it.
    Brent

    29,000 Gallon In Ground Pool, Blue Gem Quartz Finish, DE Filter, Completed 9/7/12

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