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Thread: Please help! Ready to push pool in with tractor!!!!

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    Please help! Ready to push pool in with tractor!!!!

    I've been reading for the last few days and have learned lots but I still have a very LONG way to go. I ordered a Taylor 2005 kit and then realized that I needed the 2006. It will be here in a couple of days. My pool has been green since I opened it for the summer. I have never been able to get a FC reading all summer. Needless to say, my pool is a lovely shade of green. The lady at the pool store is a sweet lady BUT I can't afford to continue to throw money into the pool when her recommendations aren't working.

    I tested my water tonight and here are my results:
    FC-0
    TC-0
    pH-8.0 this number has been rising over the last couple of weeks
    TA-80
    CH-450
    CYA-45 maybe; the dot disappeared between 40 and 50

    So here are my questions. Do I shock the pool first or do I take care of the pH level? I don't have a kit that will read FC as high as I need to keep it until the new test comes in, should I go ahead and start adding the chlorine now or should I wait. Time is not an issue as I am a teacher and at home for the next month. Finally, when I vacuum my pool, the algae returns into my pool. I replaced my sand about 3 weeks ago. I had this problem last summer put the pool lady wasn't concerned and told me to replace a gasket?!?!

    I really want a pretty, sparkly pool before I go back to work!
    Laura
    25,000 gal; above ground
    sand filter
    Hayward Power Flo Matrix 1.5HP, 34GPM
    June 2009

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    Re: Please help! Ready to push pool in with tractor!!!!

    Welcome to tfp, Lee J

    It sounds like you have already been to pool school and have a pretty good grasp on the concepts.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee J
    Do I shock the pool first or do I take care of the pH level?
    Lower ph down to 7.2-7.4 first.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee J
    I don't have a kit that will read FC as high as I need to keep it until the new test comes in, should I go ahead and start adding the chlorine now or should I wait.
    That is up to you. You will be most efficient with the FAS-DPD kit. You could start the shock process by adding enough FC to raise to the shocking level (for your cya level), then when FC level drops to the 5 ppm max level the OTO test (not the DPD test) is able to measure, then redose up to your FC shocking level.
    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: Please help! Ready to push pool in with tractor!!!!

    Hi Lee J and welcome to TFP!
    I see that your really good at learning fast.
    I would use 50 as your CYA factor, it's better to be a little high than too low.
    My pool struggled with clearing because mainly from long work days and my chlorine level slipping just under my shock # after getting home.
    One of the mods here suggested to up my level 3ppm more so my chlorine would stay 1ppm above my shock level all the time and never fall below.
    My pool cleared up in 3 days. Passed my 3 tests in 4 days.

    Chuck
    Swim n Play 21' round, expandable 72" liner, 6FT deep center, buried 14", 12,750 Gallons
    Waterway 1HP-2 speed with 22" Sand filter
    TF-100 test kit
    Thanks to TFP my pool is perfect all the time :party:
    I now suffer from Sparklypoolitis! :whoot:
    I am a Platinum contributor because I want everyone who comes here to Trouble Free Pool to have the same success that I enjoy with my pool and family.

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