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    Newbie in Florida

    I was so happy to find your site. I have a 15X48 intex above ground that holds approx. 3700 gallons. I've had water in it a few weeks now and mistakenly thought a puck in a float around holder would take care of chlorine needs. I read quite a bit in the school pool section and added 5 oz of 10% chlorine. Will take a reading later after the pump has been running a while. But I am still finding all this very overwhelming. Glad I started out with an above ground.
    Diana

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    Re: Newbie in Florida

    First - Breath deep and relax. Starting in Pool School is good. But it's a bit overwhelming to some people if they don't take it in stages. The first - most important thing - is to get or plan to get a good test kit. Without a kit you are going to be at the pool store's mercy and their accuracy can be terrible depending on the system and the operator.

    Second - Start by reading the Getting Started section and then move on to the Pool Chemistry section. Don't get too hung up on fine details - just the basics. Ask questions if you get confused.
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    Re: Newbie in Florida

    Welcome to tfp, di007001

    I addition to UWV's recommendations, take a look at this pool school article: http://www.troublefreepool.com/pool-...ary_pool_guide
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    Re: Newbie in Florida

    Ok, I have been adding shock nightly and still the chlorine will not register. So today i bought shock again but this time it was in powder form and i dissolved it myself and added it. After consulting the website when I got home though i did not see where the stuff i added was mentioned. I put in Calcium Hypochlorite 52% granules mixed with water. I am hoping it is the same thing as CYA but in powder form.

    thanks for helping
    Diana

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    Re: Newbie in Florida

    Quote Originally Posted by di007001
    Ok, I have been adding shock nightly and still the chlorine will not register. So today i bought shock again but this time it was in powder form and i dissolved it myself and added it. After consulting the website when I got home though i did not see where the stuff i added was mentioned. I put in Calcium Hypochlorite 52% granules mixed with water. I am hoping it is the same thing as CYA but in powder form.

    thanks for helping
    Diana
    No, it's not. It has chlorine, yes, but it will do nothing for your CYA level.

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    Re: Newbie in Florida

    hmmm, ok just found that I put the wrong type of shock in: calcium hypo. I need to put dichlor in now probably. Will test later and see. Now I probably won't be able to get that calcium out according to what I just read

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    Re: Newbie in Florida

    Quote Originally Posted by di007001
    Now I probably won't be able to get that calcium out according to what I just read
    Your probably fine. Post your latest test results and we can tell.
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