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    Calcium Hardness Questions - Help Please

    Hi everyone,

    I have a vinyl lined pool and using a SWG for chlorine. From my understanding from reading here, CH levels don't really matter in a vinyl pool. I tested my CH and it is 140. Now my question is doesn't low calcium hardness damage the equipment, like the heater and maybe the salt cell? Should I raise it up a bit? If so, is this stuff okay to use:

    http://www.acehardwaresuperstore.com...nds/19337.html
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    Re: Calcium Hardness Questions - Help Please

    Leave it alone. You can get too much in a vinyl pool but not too little.

    read "The ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry" up in Pool School.
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    Re: Calcium Hardness Questions - Help Please

    Thanks, Dave, I really aprpeciate it and I've read the pool school, but just read it again (I think you can never read it too much). So I don't need to worry about my heat exchanger then? Also, I am seeing some orange-ish residue on the inside of the eyes of the returns. I also noticed it when I cleaned my salt cell yesterday. It's more orange than it is a brown color.
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    Re: Calcium Hardness Questions - Help Please

    You know the drill. Any water issues begin with test results. Does the residue brush off?
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    Re: Calcium Hardness Questions - Help Please

    All test numbers look good I think. I'm pretty OCD when it comes to keeping things balanced so these numbers have been pretty consistent over the summer. I asked our pool builder what he thought of the orangey stuff. He said he didn't know what was causing it but he's been seeing it in more pools this summer. Makes me wonder if it's something in the fill water or from the ozone.

    FC 5.5
    CC 0
    PH 7.5
    TA 120
    CH 140
    CYA 65
    Salt 3200
    pool temp 82
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    Re: Calcium Hardness Questions - Help Please

    Does the residue brush off?
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    Re: Calcium Hardness Questions - Help Please

    Hi Dave, sorry about that, I must overlooked that question. Yes, it will come off if I rub my finger on it in the return eyes. As far as seeing it on the cell, I poured the water/muratic acid solution into it and so I hadn't tried rubbing the orangey stuff off first. The cleaning solution took it off immediately. Thanks!
    IG 12' x 39' - 20k Gallons - Vinyl Lined - StaRite Cristal-Flo II 26" Sand Filter - Hayward SuperPump 1 hp - Dolphin Dynamic autocleaner - Lochinvar Energyrite gas heater - Aqua Rite SWCG T-15 - TF100 Test Kit - Skimlite Duallly 9016 pole (great pole)

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