Thanks to you fine people, we are BBB users now - started this year. I buy little plastic bubbles of 9.6% sodium hypoclorite at the supermarket for 40 cents, and we use only one a day in season. When I went to buy more test strips, the pool store people said they thought we had moved away. That is a Good Thing, n'est pas?
I love my wife but she is very french, so most all things must be pretty and artistic, if you catch my drift. Recently Griselle noticed that the water is not quite clear. She's right of course, it is mostly clear but not crystal. It's just not clear enough to be able to point to proudly as evidence of doing an excellent BBB job. We have neighbors spending thousands yearly on pool stores, to whom I would love to show our BBB pool that costs us only $50 per year.
Our sand filter is of generous size but has no pressure meter, so I'm reluctant to add DE. That is something I will fix but not right away (competing projects include needed roofing). Our brominator is still plumbed in but has been empty of pucks all year.
Our ability to vaccuum could best be described as 'crippled' in that our kids' attempts to do so invariably lead to the pump losing its prime, setting off an escalation which brings me off a ladder or out from under a car. So floculant use is problematic, which is a shame as that might clear up that water too. If I could add DE, I ponder that the filter would work nicely with modest floculant quantities...maybe next summer.
Clorine from 0-4 ppm depending on when I add the bleach. 2 is my goal.
Ph ranges from 6.5 to 7.5, hardly ever needs modification.
TA around 100 and rarely need adjustment.
Some of you may remember me as the poor cluck who could not find a good test kit in France. I am still that poor unfortunate and make do with an AquaChek (insert boo and hiss sounds here).
No shocking has been done for a month because I was away in sunny California. Now I'd like to do a proper job of shocking the pool. I read pool-school/shocking_your_pool which is great theory, but I missed the info on exactly how high I should go in ppm when shocking.
So once again I turn to this body of like-minded poolheads for pertinent answers:
. How many ppm of free CL should I reach in order to properly shock my pool?
. How long should that ppm level be maintained?
FYI, I also just read these threads:
Thanks from Alsace, France, where my wife is pretty and does not smoke.