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    Baquacil Conversion

    Almost ready. My test kit is in the mail. I have a car load of bleach.

    Background:
    I bought a house with pool in 2009 with no previous experience caring for a pool. It's been on baquacil since well before my time. It's been a very frustrating and expensive 3 years.

    I had the local pool store come open the pool this year in June, and they told me that the filter was broken. That'll be $1500 please. Not really trusting them, or wanting to spend that amount of money, I decided to see for myself. So, I've disassembled and reassembled the filter, replacing the sand in the process. There were was a small crack on the manifold, but some glue fixed that. I started everything up yesterday, and it seems to be running fine.

    So, It's been 8-9 mo. since there's been any baqucail added. The filter is working (as far as I am able to tell. If you've got any advice, I'm listening.), and I'm ready to start this conversion.

    Here's what the water looks like now. This is the shallow end.
    http://i.imgur.com/nP2aK.jpg

    [attachment=0:1zy8vc6f]small_baqshallowend_beforeconversion.jpg[/attachment:1zy8vc6f]

    Pool details:
    ~20000 gallon, vinyl liner, Jacuzzi ST-24 sand filter
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    Re: Baquacil Conversion

    Welcome to tfp, illpwr

    I am assuming you have read: http://www.troublefreepool.com/pool-...ine_conversion?

    Looking forward to more pictures
    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: Baquacil Conversion

    Hooray and welcome!!!!!

    You will soon LOVE your pool!!!!

    Instead of it being an enemy costing you tons and ugly water...it will be your new best friend!!!!
    10,700 gal Round; Vinyl liner,
    New Hayward pump ProFlo 1.5....150 lb. sand filter.
    Baqua to BBB.....BBB is the only way to go!!!!
    A Cinderella story with a "happy ever after" ending.

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    Re: Baquacil Conversion

    Good for you for not dishing out $1500 for a new filter and looking at it yourself.

    Glad to see you are making the conversion... it will take lots of patience, but you will come to love pool maintenance when you are using chlorine!!

    Would love to see pictures of your progress!
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    Re: Baquacil Conversion

    I measured the Ph at 7.2, which looks good.
    Added 4 bottles of 6% Chlorox. I didn't think rounding up would matter much at this point.
    The pool has turned quite green.
    I'll post photos when I'm back at a computer (not on my phone).

    No turning back now.

    Update (Photos):
    Before adding bleach: http://i.imgur.com/fKBW4.jpg
    Adding the bleach: http://i.imgur.com/dynf6.jpg
    Turning green: http://i.imgur.com/Td3t1.jpg
    Oily residue: http://i.imgur.com/XsaBS.jpg
    20,000 gallon; vinyl liner; Jacuzzi ST-24 Sand filter; 1.5 hp Jacuzzi pump

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    Re: Baquacil Conversion

    Here's how we're doing so far:
    6pm (start) Ph=7.2, TA=80, CH=120 (4 X 182oz 6% bleach)
    8pm FC=2, CC=14.5
    9pm FC=12, CC=16
    7am FC=3.5, CC=13
    After each measurement, I've added enough bleach to bring the FC back to 15. I should be able to check on things again over lunch today. The pool started off a very turbid blue, and turned green when we added the bleach last night. This morning, it was pretty much the same color green as it was last night, but it did seem slightly less turbid. However, I am still unable to see the bottom at the shallow end.
    20,000 gallon; vinyl liner; Jacuzzi ST-24 Sand filter; 1.5 hp Jacuzzi pump

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    Re: Baquacil Conversion

    Looks like you are doing great, and the way you are staying on top of the fc levels will help the process go quicker. Remember to brush the walls thoroughly and frequently, as well as the ladders with a strong bleach solution ( inside and out)

    You're well on your way to a clean, clear pool! After my conversion, I've never looked back, I love my pool and the tfp method and board has shown me how much fun a pool can be!
    16'x32' -> 3' shallow, 8' deep ~22,000 gallon igp - Vinyl Liner.
    Sand Filter: Jacuzzi 225l-7 Sand Filter - 250lbs
    Pump: Hayward Max-Flo XL 1hp
    SWG: CircuPool RJ+ 60
    Water Source: Home Tap water (TA:230, CH:220)

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    Re: Baquacil Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by radefeld
    Looks like you are doing great, and the way you are staying on top of the fc levels will help the process go quicker. Remember to brush the walls thoroughly and frequently, as well as the ladders with a strong bleach solution ( inside and out)

    You're well on your way to a clean, clear pool! After my conversion, I've never looked back, I love my pool and the tfp method and board has shown me how much fun a pool can be!
    Thanks for the support. I tested again at lunch and found FC=4, so I added 2.5 jugs (182 oz) of bleach to bring it back to 15. I also did a little bit of cleaning and brought out a couple of hand fulls of leaves. It's tough when you can't see the bottom. The water looked the same as it did this morning: cloudy and green.
    20,000 gallon; vinyl liner; Jacuzzi ST-24 Sand filter; 1.5 hp Jacuzzi pump

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    Re: Baquacil Conversion

    The best part is when you see it slowly turning from a green/brown to a blue. Then, it keeps getting more blue until you have a sparkling oasis! From what you said (minimal baquacil has been added for some time) the conversion should go relatively quickly. I would expect by Sunday things should be significantly better. This makes me think, were you using regular baquacil or the cdx variant?
    16'x32' -> 3' shallow, 8' deep ~22,000 gallon igp - Vinyl Liner.
    Sand Filter: Jacuzzi 225l-7 Sand Filter - 250lbs
    Pump: Hayward Max-Flo XL 1hp
    SWG: CircuPool RJ+ 60
    Water Source: Home Tap water (TA:230, CH:220)

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    Re: Baquacil Conversion

    Well, I got home from work and checked the levels around 5:30pm. I found FC=1.5, so I added 4 more jugs of bleach (182 oz, 6%). When my wife tested again at 6:30, we had an FC of 20 -- Guess I over did it a little bit. So, we backwashed the filter and added a little hose water to replace the loss. I have noticed that there is some foaming when adding water from the hose. Is this a problem? I've noticed that the water feels a little soapy too.

    On a hopefully unrelated note, my filter pressure gauge appears to be broken. It was reading between 40 and 50 psi, which seemed a little high. When the pump was turned off, it read around 40 psi. If I unscrew it from the filter completely, it reads around 35 psi. Do you think this needs to be replaced?

    I've only been using baquacil sanitizer and oxidizer, so I don't think I've been using CDX.

    The pool color and clarity have improved slightly. The water is more blue, and it is now possible to make out a brush on the bottom of the shallow end.

    Pool at 6:30pm day 2: http://i.imgur.com/bUqmg.jpg
    Foaming from adding hose water: http://i.imgur.com/oXSuL.jpg
    20,000 gallon; vinyl liner; Jacuzzi ST-24 Sand filter; 1.5 hp Jacuzzi pump

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    Re: Baquacil Conversion

    The gauge does sound broke. They're a simple replace, and dirt cheap. The foaming is very normal, and will go away as you continue to shock. I do however notice some ladders in the background. Make sure you scrub the heck out of them, as algae tends to enjoy hanging out around them. Using a cup of bleach in a 5 gallon bucket of water is how I cleaned mine. A few minutes and now they look as good as new.

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    Re: Baquacil Conversion

    You're right about the ladders. I took them out before starting this process. I've bought a couple of scrub brushes for the ladder. Any tips for the concentration of bleach to use while cleaning them?

    My wife just tested the FC at 13.5, so we added a small amount of bleach.

    End of day 2 pool light: http://imgur.com/6d97v
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    Re: Baquacil Conversion

    I myself just used one cup in 5 gallon bucket. Didn't feel like measuring.

    Just looked however......it took the water to a FC level of 722. That should kill stuff! Maybe a 1/2 a cup would work too.......

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    Re: Baquacil Conversion

    My wife took care of the bleach this morning. The test gave FC=4. I took a quick look this morning before I left for work and I can now make out the liner pattern on the shallow end of the pool.
    20,000 gallon; vinyl liner; Jacuzzi ST-24 Sand filter; 1.5 hp Jacuzzi pump

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    Had an FC of 7.5 at lunch time (cloudy day). The pool is definitely starting to clear up. It's not perfectly clear, but the bottom is visible in the shallow end. Basically, this is about as good as it got on baqua****. It's hard to believe that baquacil is actually safe when the water never looks clean. As an aside, I've noticed a chlorine is referred to as a disinfectant while baquacil is called a sanitizer. I'm not sure about the technical reasons for the difference in terminology, but let me know if you happen to know.

    I could see some brown gunk on the bottom of the pool, so I spent a while brushing and stirred up a lot of white and brown gunk. I can't see the bottom of the deep end at all yet, but hopefully that will change soon.

    So far, I think it's going well, and I finally feel like I have some control. Before starting this process, I was ready to have this pool filled in. I was getting bids to have it done. Cheers to science over marketing.
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    Re: Baquacil Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by illpwr
    Cheers to science over marketing.


    Quote Originally Posted by illpwr
    As an aside, I've noticed a chlorine is referred to as a disinfectant while baquacil is called a sanitizer. I'm not sure about the technical reasons for the difference in terminology, but let me know if you happen to know.
    I am not sure of the the technical differences between the terms, but on here we consider both as sanitizers (along with bromine).
    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: Baquacil Conversion

    After we got home from work, we brushed, vacumed, and brought the FC levels back up from FC=1, CC=3.5. There's a fair amount of sand in the pool. I think that this is older sand (not from the sand I put in Sunday) because it is white. The Menards pool sand I put in was brown in appearance. If I start seeing brown sand, then I'll start to worry.

    Since, I'm thinking about it, I do have a question about filter construction. I took my filter apart to try to find the problem that the pool people said they found. I didn't really find anything wrong except for a crack in the mainifold that the laterals screw into, which I pacthed up with expoxy. The other part I wasn't sure about was the bottom of the standpipe. It was an open hole, which didn't make sense to me. It seems like sand could easily get in the standpipe this way, so I dry fit a PVC cap at the bottom of the standpipe.

    Photos from today:
    Shallow end: http://i.imgur.com/oveN6.jpg
    Over view: http://i.imgur.com/SeDI9.jpg
    20,000 gallon; vinyl liner; Jacuzzi ST-24 Sand filter; 1.5 hp Jacuzzi pump

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    Re: Baquacil Conversion

    Ahhhhh Just the sight of the Baquacil boxes makes me shiver.......

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    Re: Baquacil Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by Leebo
    Ahhhhh Just the sight of the Baquacil boxes makes me shiver.......
    Hah. no kidding. But don't worry. They're just empty boxes for garbage now.
    20,000 gallon; vinyl liner; Jacuzzi ST-24 Sand filter; 1.5 hp Jacuzzi pump

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    Re: Baquacil Conversion

    This morning we had FC 14, CC 4. The pool is continuing to clear. We can see the main drain at the bottom of the deep end, which is better than we've ever done using baquacil. There was a fairly intense but brief storm that passed through last night. So we picked out some branches and leaves that blew in. We also brushed some white water mold off the sides, and did our best to stir up the murky part at the bottom. I vacuumed over lunch, but the fitting on the hose was cracked when I tried to vacuum again in the evening. The main thing that I'm worried about right now is getting the sand out of the pool.
    20,000 gallon; vinyl liner; Jacuzzi ST-24 Sand filter; 1.5 hp Jacuzzi pump

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