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    Greets from Illinois

    Hi TFP! First of all thanks for all the great info and hard work that has been done on the site to help us out.

    I took the advice and got a TF-100 test kit, wow amazing turn around time two days I think!!

    Here are my current readings:

    FC = 4.5
    CC = .05
    TC = 5.0
    TA = 160
    CH = 170
    PH = 7.4
    CYA = 37

    FC may be a little high but I'm coming off of a 15 ppm bleach shock yesterday morning. I can see I have some tweaking to do but water is crystal clear after 3 days from fill (city water was 8.5+ ph and it put my TA Off the charts, and it was very green). With the help of the pool school and some great posts I'm off to a good start, obviously, still have a lot of work to do... But at least the pool is open.

    Any suggestions would be welcomed.
    8700 gallon (12 x 24 oval)
    AG, Cartridge filter
    Hayward Power Flo LX 1.5HP
    Vision Pro (yes I've read that people don't like them;))
    Install date 7/10/2012

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    Re: Greets from Illinois

    Welcome to the forum. Those test results look darn good. If your fill water came in green, what did you do to fix it?? Did it cure itself?
    Dave S.
    Site Owner 42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter, No SWG
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    Re: Greets from Illinois

    Thanks for the feedback duraleigh.

    If I remember correctly... The water was pretty green after the five gallons of muriatic acid and the initial store bought pool shock. It wasn't until after I poured the 244oz of Chlorox into the pool and added the stabilizer that it cleared up.

    Nice work on the test kits, takes the guess work out of pool maintenance.
    8700 gallon (12 x 24 oval)
    AG, Cartridge filter
    Hayward Power Flo LX 1.5HP
    Vision Pro (yes I've read that people don't like them;))
    Install date 7/10/2012

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    Re: Greets from Illinois

    I understand more now on the green water...Thanks.

    While your TA is high, the only real reason to lower it is if you were constantly having to add acid to the pool. I would leave it alone for a while and, if your ph doesn't give you much hassle, simply ignore TA....it'll slowly reduce on it's own.

    If your pH is rising annoyingly, then follow the procedure in pool school to lower TA by aeration and acid.
    Dave S.
    Site Owner 42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter, No SWG
    TFTestkits owner
    TFTestkits , PoolMath , Pool School

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    Re: Greets from Illinois

    Thanks for the input duraleigh, will follow that direction. Thought I would share the photos of the pool...

    Obviously have some yard work to do but, at least the pool is open and ready for the kids (and the parents). Thanks again for the great site and invaluable information.

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    After:

    8700 gallon (12 x 24 oval)
    AG, Cartridge filter
    Hayward Power Flo LX 1.5HP
    Vision Pro (yes I've read that people don't like them;))
    Install date 7/10/2012

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    Re: Greets from Illinois

    Welcome to tfp, booyaa

    Your water is looking great
    TFP Moderator 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: Greets from Illinois

    Pool and water looks great, great summer to have a pool, it has been a hot one for sure.

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    Re: Greets from Illinois

    How long did it take to go from green to clean?

    And is that a tool shed or a pool house there on the right?

    Fall's the best time to put in a lawn anyway...
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: Greets from Illinois

    Thanks guys! Appreciate the welcoming and support. You are right about a good summer for a pool, only regret is I waited so long this year to pull the trigger.

    Richard320, pictures are deceiving but that is a 900 square foot garage to the right of the pool. Pool house... never even thought of that, how nice would that be? I'm quite sure several of the members here are equipped with such a structure.

    To answer the green to clean, I believe I it was 3 days
    8700 gallon (12 x 24 oval)
    AG, Cartridge filter
    Hayward Power Flo LX 1.5HP
    Vision Pro (yes I've read that people don't like them;))
    Install date 7/10/2012

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    Re: Greets from Illinois

    Hello and welcome to TFP! Your water looks great!

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