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    Brand new with test results!

    So I am completely new to these forums and I'm quite intrigued by the concept over here. In the past I would just order the chemicals from the pool store and follow their directions!

    This is my first pool (in the past i managed other people's pools)

    Just filled the pool - New house and here are the results from the pool shop
    Chlorine is at 0
    Ph 9.2
    Ta 39
    Ch 155

    Any help is appreciated.
    In ground Gunite pool, sand filter, 40,000 gallons in the hot Midwest!

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    Re: Brand new with test results!

    Welcome to tfp, mad831

    Not sure how you are measuring your ph at 9.2, but if it is really that high then make sure you reduce it now using Muriatic Acid. Maybe the 9.2 is a typo?

    Next you need to get some chlorine in there. See: http://www.troublefreepool.com/pool-...mmended_levels

    The best thing you can do for your pool is get your own test kit. See: http://www.troublefreepool.com/pool-...kit_comparison I like the tf-100, best bang for buck, and fast shipping too.
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    Re: Brand new with test results!

    Thanks for the response!

    Ph is not a mistake for some reason the tap water here is high in ph.

    I read up on the test kits and I'm getting my own kit.

    I am trying to use the pool calculator but I can't seem to find any info on shocking the pool with bleach.
    In ground Gunite pool, sand filter, 40,000 gallons in the hot Midwest!

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    Re: Brand new with test results!

    Quote Originally Posted by mad831
    Thanks for the response!

    Ph is not a mistake for some reason the tap water here is high in ph.

    I read up on the test kits and I'm getting my own kit.

    I am trying to use the pool calculator but I can't seem to find any info on shocking the pool with bleach.
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    Re: Brand new with test results!

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320
    Ph is not a mistake for some reason the tap water here is high in ph.
    Then get that down first...do the shocking process after. Use Muriatic Acid to lower.
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    Re: Brand new with test results!

    Wow you guys are quick!

    So I'm working on my Ta first then on to the ph and finally shocking the pool.

    It's going to be weird pouring "household ingredients" into the pool
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    Re: Brand new with test results!

    Quote Originally Posted by mad831
    Wow you guys are quick!

    So I'm working on my Ta first then on to the ph and finally shocking the pool.

    It's going to be weird pouring "household ingredients" into the pool
    TA is the last thing you worry about. Adjust pH, hang a sockfull of CYA, and start the bleach. Algae won't wait until TA goes down.
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    Re: Brand new with test results!

    Yup, get the pH down and then you can add some baking soda to raise the TA some to about 70ppm to start ... really can be done at almost the same time. Adding the CYA will also help to lower the pH some. Finally you can start they shock process.

    Reason being is that pH test is not valid when FC is greater than 10ppm

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