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    New pool. New to site and clueless about pools

    Hello my name is Eric
    I have been learning alot from this great site
    I have just received the tf100 And performed my first test
    Here are my first results
    FC= 33ppm
    CC= 25
    PH= 8.2
    TA=300
    CH= 700
    CYA=25ppm
    Any tips would be greatly appreciated

    Thanks Eric

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    Re: New pool. New to site and clueless about pools

    Welcome to TFP!

    I very much hope that your CC result is wrong. You need to move along fairly quickly when doing the FC/CC test with high FC levels or you can get false high results.

    If FC is anywhere near 33 the PH test result is invalid. Wait until FC is 10 or lower and then measure PH again. Once you can measure PH, lower it to 7.2.

    Your TA and CH levels are both very high. You will need to start working on lowering TA right away. Or perhaps your TA result is wrong as well. On the TA test, try wiping the tip of the dropper bottle with a damp tissue every couple of drops and see if the result changes.

    CYA is a little low. The recommended level is 30 to 50.
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    Re: New pool. New to site and clueless about pools

    Welcome!

    You're a rare bird - you have the test kit first!

    I hope that's a typo or a testing error.. is 25 CC for real? Anyway.... your pH reading can't be trusted if your FC is 33. Why so high? Is the pool green?
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    Re: New pool. New to site and clueless about pools

    Yes the pool has a greenish brown tint

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    Re: New pool. New to site and clueless about pools

    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp water
    Yes the pool has a greenish brown tint
    Tint, or cloudy? You may have metals in the water, and all the chlorine has caused it to show. That will be clear but colored water. That requires metal sequestrant.

    If the CC is really 25, then I suspect the water is pretty murky, which means algae. If the CH number is also correct, you better think about draining some water and refilling. And not use any Calcium Hypochlorite "shock".

    If not overloaded with CH, your CYA level is fine, and you need to maintain FC above 12 until the water clears. There's no point overloading the pool with bleach, it will bleach out your vinyl liner (if it hasn't already) and it loses strength by percentage, rather than as a fixed parts per million per day, to sunlight.
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    Re: New pool. New to site and clueless about pools

    Tried it again

    FC =29
    CC= 1.5
    TC= 30.5

    Better?

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    Re: New pool. New to site and clueless about pools

    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp water
    Tried it again

    FC =29
    CC= 1.5
    TC= 30.5

    Better?
    What about CH and TA?
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    Re: New pool. New to site and clueless about pools

    TA 280

    The CH took along time to get a proper result the first time
    I had to use the half distilled water method
    I will head back into the lab and work on trying it again

    Thanks

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    Re: New pool. New to site and clueless about pools

    Latest test CH 500?

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    Re: New pool. New to site and clueless about pools

    I see a partial drain and fill in your future.

    Your pool is small enough that it won't cost a fortune, unless you're on a well.
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    Re: New pool. New to site and clueless about pools

    I have a pump jack style well with a holding tank I pump out of for water
    Can I test this water somehow to see if it ok to use for filling

    If I am to drain the pool how much water?
    What are my options if my water source is poor?

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    Re: New pool. New to site and clueless about pools

    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp water
    I have a pump jack style well with a holding tank I pump out of for water
    Can I test this water somehow to see if it ok to use for filling

    If I am to drain the pool how much water?
    What are my options if my water source is poor?
    I'm a city slicker, no firsthand experience with well water. You might want to use the search box for "well water" and see what others have posted.
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    Re: New pool. New to site and clueless about pools

    Some (perhaps many) wells contain high amounts of iron or copper, but the only thing that matters here is how is the water in YOUR well. Unfortunately metals testing from pool stores, etc. is at best unreliable, and professional water testing can be slow and expensive (although it may well be worth it if your family is drinking water from this well).

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