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    Wish Me Luck

    So I'm just here to say a preemptive thank you for all the great information I've found here.

    We've just finished a re-model of our pool area due to the previous owners of the property laying porous slate tiles which were disintegrating and were extremely slippy.

    We replaced the whole lot with pavers and the work was finished this week.

    I've just ordered a Dolphin DX4 and I'm starting the road to taking care of the pool myself. I used to have a pool guy come in once a week, but I'm looking forward to managing everything myself. I'm a complete novice having never owned a pool before the middle of last year, so I'm still familiarizing myself with the operation of all the equipment (I had no idea which was the pump / filter etc until a few weeks ago).

    I'm going to start with the BBB method and testing will commence this week. The pool was filled from empty over the past 48 hours, so it could be an interesting process trying to balance things out!!
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    Re: Wish Me Luck

    Welcome to the forum.

    It would be prudent to put a large jug of Clorox in each evening until you can post some good test results. In your climate, you are VERY susceptible to an algae outbreak very soon.
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    Thanks for the tip, I raided my local Walmart for their large bleach bottles earlier today
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    Good luck!

    LA covers a lot of ground - are you Woodland Hills, San Pedro, Eagle Rock, Tujunga?
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    We're in the SF Valley.....West Hills to be precise
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    Re: Wish Me Luck

    So first results

    FC 1.5
    CC 2.0
    PH 8+
    TA 100
    CH 170
    CA - water stayed clear, so I assume it's low

    where to start!!!
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    How does the water look?
    Since you are showing a high CC level, that indicates a need to go through the shock process as described in Pool School.

    You will first want to lower the pH using muriatic acid to the lower 7s.
    Then add stabilizer to get the CYA up to around 20-30ppm while maintaining the shock FC level (10ppm to start until you raise the CYA).
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    Re: Wish Me Luck

    Thanks....the pool actually looks OK....the water is clear (but I'm starting from scratch and it was refilled this week)
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    Re: Wish Me Luck

    and I made a mistake....my chlorine levels actually are;

    FC 1.5
    TC 2.0
    CC 0.5
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    Oh, then you likely do not need the shock process. Keep the FC above 2ppm. Lower the pH and get some CYA in the pool.
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    Re: Wish Me Luck

    That is actually not all that bad

    Decrease PH first to around 7.5
    Increase CYA to 30ppm and then maintain FC to around 3-4ppm

    edit: same as Jbizzle said :>)
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    Re: Wish Me Luck

    What about the CH....should I look to raise that also?
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    Re: Wish Me Luck

    That would be safest to raise the CH up a bit.

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    Re: Wish Me Luck

    OK.....having some potential issues

    I've added 6 gallons of Clorox this week but can't get any Chlorine registering on the test....I added 2 gallons last night but still nothing on the test this evening. For all the chlorine tests the water stays clear.

    My PH is slightly high at 7.8 so I'm adding a little muriatic acid to get it down to approx 7.6

    TA is fine at 80

    CH is low still at 150 and I'll be adding a good chunk of calcium chloride tomorrow

    CYA test is not turning the water cloudy at all...I added a gallon of stabilizer last week and have been careful not to add too much, so I need to raise that ASAP

    Any advice would be appreciated
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    Re: Wish Me Luck

    What test kit do you have?

    Do you have the OTO chlorine test? If so, try that and report back.

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    Re: Wish Me Luck

    I have the DPD kit......I've managed to get the chlorine level up today to a reasonable level

    Things are looking a bit more balanced today
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    Yes, but do you have the OTO (comparator block that is usually paired with the ph comparitor block)?

    Although the OTO test is not accurate at high levels, it is almost bulletproof in at least telling you if you have any Chlorine in the water.

    When you say you have the dpd test, do you mean the FAS-DPD test which uses a powder to turn the solution pink?
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    I have the FAS-DPD Service Test Kit which uses the reagents, not powder
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    If you do not use R-0870 powder while you are doing the test, then you are not doing the FAS-DPD test. Are you using R-001 and R-0002? If yes, then you are doing the DPD test, which in general is not very useful.
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