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    Ok.. here we go... Starting BBB

    We've moved into our new home with pool and have a "pool guy" taking care of the pool over the summer.

    Now that winter is coming .. Im in SoCal so winter is a relative term, Ive decided to start taking car of the pool myself. Thinking that a winter pool has fewer "problems" than a summer pool I might get my feet wet in caring for the pool.. pardon the pun.

    So.. Ive:
    1. Ordered a TF100 test kit..
    2. Starting to hoard chlorine bleach (buying a bottle everytime I go to the store jut to build up a small supply).. sounds like I'll need at least 4 or so to start
    3. Found... "ThePoolCalculator.com"

    But I have some questons...

    How much Borax and Backing Soda should I have on hand to get stated.. say the first month.

    What am I missing..
    Escondido Ca [*]~23000 gallon plaster pool built in the 70's[*]Pentair VF Pump running 10hrs at 1800rpm getting and estimated 35-40 GPM thruput[*]Sta-Rite Cartridge filter

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    Re: Ok.. here we go... Starting BBB

    You're not missing much.

    Looks like you got a good start.

    I wouldn't get any baking soda or borax right now. You may not need either. Once you get the test kit you can test the water and then you'll know whether you need either or some muriatic acid.

    My guess is the you're going to have to replace some water if the pool guy has been using trichlor tablets.
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    Re: Ok.. here we go... Starting BBB

    Pool School......Forget Baking Soda and Borax for now. I've never used either this year. The biggest item used in the BBB process is knowledge. Knowing what's going into your pool will save you a TON of cash and even more headaches.

    Pool School......it's free!

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    Re: Ok.. here we go... Starting BBB

    Muratic acid CYA and chlorine are the only thing I have ever added to our water in 2+ years.
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    Re: Ok.. here we go... Starting BBB

    Bama.. why would i need to exchange water.. something to do with the CYA from the tablets Im guessing? Why could I not let the pool chemistry come to me Vs chasing it by draining the pool partially.. Does CYA not degrade?

    Can you tell I know enough to be dangerous?
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    Re: Ok.. here we go... Starting BBB

    Quote Originally Posted by BitViper
    Bama.. why would i need to exchange water.. something to do with the CYA from the tablets Im guessing? Why could I not let the pool chemistry come to me Vs chasing it by draining the pool partially.. Does CYA not degrade?

    Can you tell I know enough to be dangerous?
    CYA and Calcium both build up over time.

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    Re: Ok.. here we go... Starting BBB

    CYA or CH doesn't go away on it's own. You have to actively do something to get rid of it.
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