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    First pool ever !!!! Sydney Australia

    We finished the build of our first pool in April this year after starting in September last year, first builder went in to liquidation left us with a dirty big hole in the ground and nothing else. Turned out not to bad in the end didn't loose to much money (insurance came good) main hit was to the schedule. Found new builders who where great and final completed in April which here in Sydney is the middle of Autumn. Had a few swims before it got to cold.



    Now its warming up in Spring and we have a good few weeks swimming with the heater boosting the main pool to 28c. All seems good so far but with summer coming I'm sure the chemistry side will get more interesting, so far all good but will take water to pool shop today and see how we are going.

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    Kev
    95,000 Lt (25,000 Gallon) IGP 12.5m x 7m & Seperate Spa 2.2m x 2.1m. Gemtex and tile finish Spa fully tiled. Waterco Micron glass bead filter S800, Viron P600 eVo variable speed pump. Viron Connect Pool and Spa Controller touchscreen. Chemigem D10 Auto PH/Chlorine Controller. Sunlover Oasis C25 Heat Pump for Pool & Viron 250 LPG Gas Heater for Spa. 7 LED Lights. Polaris 280 with booster pump. Pool Cover and Roller. TF-100 Test Kit and Speed Stirrer

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    Re: First pool ever !!!!

    Kevnerd486,
    Welcome to the forum!

    Looks simply wonderful!! So inviting, so blue, so beautiful.
    Love it!!

    Glad you made out OK in the end with your initial pool build fiasco.

    You mentioned taking water to the pool store.
    We're all about learning how to test and manage your own pool here @ TFP. It's really not that hard and fun, saves tons of money too.
    Do you have your own test kit? If so, what type, describe it if you don't know, or post a link/photo to/of it.

    Looks like you're using liquid chlorine with your Chemigen unit. GREAT!! Perfect!! Liquid is 1st class, what we all use here and have never looked back.

    Since you're in Ausie land, you can't get the kit from the same place we northerners do, but there's another company down there that has the same stuff. There's a thread on it under the "Testing & Balancing Your Water" forum. Maybe someone will chime in behind me with the name of the outfit down unda'.
    But you won't find it at your pool store. It's not in their best interest.
    Thanks for reading... - Tony
    Da' Pool: Intex 15'x42" 3284gal AGP EasySet (Inflatable Ring) - (Summer 2014: 27' round EW /w 6.5' deep end @ 22,500gal)
    Pump & Cart Mod: 1000gph Cart. 5ft² - 2 nylons, 24/7 OP. Traps bugs/bits, lasts longer/cleans easier = Happier Pool Owner!!
    The Bible for a "Trouble Free Pool" life = PoolSchool, the BBB method a TF100 test kit(Recommend Kits Compared). - Cleaning a Sand Filter
    Water looks like GLASS, if yours doesn't...SLAM IT! Feels nice and never been happier!!! :D

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    Re: First pool ever !!!! Sydney Australia

    Hi Kev,

    Pool looks great!

    I bought a TF100 kit from TDCHLORINATORS.COM.au. (In Brisbane, mailorder) They were good to deal with and I would recommend them...

    I got the magnetic mixer as well, all up was $170 delivered. I would highly reccomend one [the mixer that is], my family thinks it's hilarious when I test my water - they think I've watched one too many episodes of BReaking Bad!

    Like Y_NOT said it is fun to test your water and know exactly what is going on. Since you are using liquid chlorine I don't think summer will be very interesting at all if you are testing and adjusting Cl daily.

    All I do is test every night after dark and add a small bit of liquid chlorine to bring up to the right level for my CYA level.

    As somebody else on the forum said, it's like brushing your teeth - spend a few minutes a day brushing your teeth and you won't have any problems when you go to the dentist... otherwise.... visit to the dentist = $$$$$!

    Also, do not trust the pool shop test results!!! Beware of any Cyanuric Acid containg products. (Trichlor, diclor, etc.) Don't add CYA to your pool unless you intentionally want to and know why...

    Good luck,

    Juzzie
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    Re: First pool ever !!!! Sydney Australia

    Thanks for the advice Juzzie, i was wonder where to get a decent test kit in Aus. Couldn't see how to order on the website so i have emailed them. Whats the magnetic mixer? I didn't see that o n the site.

    Regards

    Kev
    95,000 Lt (25,000 Gallon) IGP 12.5m x 7m & Seperate Spa 2.2m x 2.1m. Gemtex and tile finish Spa fully tiled. Waterco Micron glass bead filter S800, Viron P600 eVo variable speed pump. Viron Connect Pool and Spa Controller touchscreen. Chemigem D10 Auto PH/Chlorine Controller. Sunlover Oasis C25 Heat Pump for Pool & Viron 250 LPG Gas Heater for Spa. 7 LED Lights. Polaris 280 with booster pump. Pool Cover and Roller. TF-100 Test Kit and Speed Stirrer

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    Re: First pool ever !!!! Sydney Australia

    Check out the awesomeness!!

    [youtube:w7gn7vct]CyN5rS-WKSc[/youtube:w7gn7vct]
    Thanks for reading... - Tony
    Da' Pool: Intex 15'x42" 3284gal AGP EasySet (Inflatable Ring) - (Summer 2014: 27' round EW /w 6.5' deep end @ 22,500gal)
    Pump & Cart Mod: 1000gph Cart. 5ft² - 2 nylons, 24/7 OP. Traps bugs/bits, lasts longer/cleans easier = Happier Pool Owner!!
    The Bible for a "Trouble Free Pool" life = PoolSchool, the BBB method a TF100 test kit(Recommend Kits Compared). - Cleaning a Sand Filter
    Water looks like GLASS, if yours doesn't...SLAM IT! Feels nice and never been happier!!! :D

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    Re: First pool ever !!!! Sydney Australia

    Quote Originally Posted by Kevnerd486
    Thanks for the advice Juzzie, i was wonder where to get a decent test kit in Aus. Couldn't see how to order on the website so i have emailed them. Whats the magnetic mixer? I didn't see that o n the site.

    Regards

    Kev
    The magnetic mixer is awesome!!! It makes it quick, easy and accurate to do your chlorine test, you don't have to shake or swirl to mix the chemicals - it does the mixing while you count the drops...

    You'll see what I mean when you go to shock levels and you are adding lots of drops to your sample....

    They do sell them, you need to email Taras and I found he/she (I'm not sure!) was pretty good at getting back on the email by the next day. He'll send you a quote and then you can do a paypal then POW it will be in the mail pretty quick, after paypal it was at my place in Melbourne in only a couple of days...

    Most people on this site with a magnetic mixer will tell you they couldn't live without one!
    13,000 gallon; sand filter; inground; fibreglass; pump not sure yet (need to check); Installed over 12 months ago.

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    Re: First pool ever !!!! Sydney Australia

    Yes they responded quickly on the email and I have orderered via PayPal. Should be doing my best Walt impersonation next week.

    Kev
    95,000 Lt (25,000 Gallon) IGP 12.5m x 7m & Seperate Spa 2.2m x 2.1m. Gemtex and tile finish Spa fully tiled. Waterco Micron glass bead filter S800, Viron P600 eVo variable speed pump. Viron Connect Pool and Spa Controller touchscreen. Chemigem D10 Auto PH/Chlorine Controller. Sunlover Oasis C25 Heat Pump for Pool & Viron 250 LPG Gas Heater for Spa. 7 LED Lights. Polaris 280 with booster pump. Pool Cover and Roller. TF-100 Test Kit and Speed Stirrer

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    Re: First pool ever !!!! Sydney Australia

    ha ha good. You are well on your way now....

    just don't do what I did at first with the R0870 powder and use the big (ie wrong) end of the measurer to put your drop test powder in as you will use it very quickley this way!!!

    You'll see what I mean when you get your kit.

    You are going to love being in total control of your pool, Good Luck!
    13,000 gallon; sand filter; inground; fibreglass; pump not sure yet (need to check); Installed over 12 months ago.

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    Re: First pool ever !!!! Sydney Australia

    TF-100 test kit and speed stirrer arrived and i did a full set of tests yesterday afternoon. results where:

    pH: 7.6
    Free Chlorine: 2.5
    CC: 0.5
    Alkalinity: 60
    Calcium: 300
    Cyanuric Acid: 30
    Temperature: 27

    The TA and CYA both need to come up a bit, i adjusted the the TA first and will check it this arvo before adjusting the CYA. What a great bit of gear that speed stirrer is, makes it very easy to be confident in your results.

    No more pool shop visits for me.

    Thanks again for the great advice.

    Regards

    Kev
    95,000 Lt (25,000 Gallon) IGP 12.5m x 7m & Seperate Spa 2.2m x 2.1m. Gemtex and tile finish Spa fully tiled. Waterco Micron glass bead filter S800, Viron P600 eVo variable speed pump. Viron Connect Pool and Spa Controller touchscreen. Chemigem D10 Auto PH/Chlorine Controller. Sunlover Oasis C25 Heat Pump for Pool & Viron 250 LPG Gas Heater for Spa. 7 LED Lights. Polaris 280 with booster pump. Pool Cover and Roller. TF-100 Test Kit and Speed Stirrer

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    Re: First pool ever !!!! Sydney Australia

    TA probably could have been left. How high to you target for your adjustment?
    How much more CYA did you add?

    Note that your FC is on the low end. 2ppm is the minimum for a CYA of 30ppm. Now that you have added more CYA, you likely need to keep the FC above 3 or 4ppm. Check out: pool-school/chlorine_cya_chart_shock
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    Re: First pool ever !!!! Sydney Australia

    Temp on pool calculator.com will need to be entered in Fahrenheit.


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    Re: First pool ever !!!! Sydney Australia

    Good news Kev.

    Be careful not to over shoot the mark with the CYA addition.

    How are you adding CYA? I would use up any CYA containing products you have first before buying something else...

    Are you going on holiday anytime soon? Maybe you can live with the low CYA for now? It may not too low at 30, and if you are going away from the pool for a week or two you can use some trichlor pucks to take care of the chemistry while you are away? And that will bring the CYA up?

    Just a thought.
    13,000 gallon; sand filter; inground; fibreglass; pump not sure yet (need to check); Installed over 12 months ago.

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    Re: First pool ever !!!! Sydney Australia

    That's my kind of back yard.
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