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    Noob from Tennessee- EvanBone

    Hello all. I have been trolling around on here as a visitor since last summer when I moved into a house with my first pool. I have always loved water and swimming since I was a kid and knew I would sooner or later own a pool. So the time finally came last summer. The previous owners were apparently exclusive trichlor users so it has obviously gotten my cya level out of control. I continued the madness for the rest of the season out of ignorance. Using the .5 pool water and .5 tap water technique I believe I have gotten it down to about 115 . Still way to high, I know. I just have to deal with it for now. I have a sand filter so I will eventually backwash it down to normal levels with the BBB method. I also stop the pump when it rains and when the rain ends, I remove the water from the bottom drain. I just went to Aldi's brand ultra bleach(6%) as my sanitizer. All my other numbers are pretty good and my water is now near crystal clear. Just waiting for it to warm up now.
    I am really glad to find a place to ask questions without wondering if the motive is to actually sell something, so thanks to all the moderators and everyone else with input here on the forum.
    I'll get some pool porn up ASAP cuz I know that's the BIZ-NASSS!

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    Re: Noob from Tennessee- EvanBone

    Welcome to TFP!

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    Re: Noob from Tennessee- EvanBone

    evanbone:

    Welcome to TFP

    Sounds like you understand the relationship between CYA and the level of chlorine needed for maintenance and shocking. While backwashing and adding fresh water will lower the CYA from current levels, a partial drain & refill (D&R) will lower it more quickly to the recommended levels. IMHO, it is worth the time & investment to do that partial D&R now which will make managing your pool that much easier during the upcoming swim season. After that, you may be able to go several years before your next D&R. I have not had to do one since switching to BBB.

    When you get a chance, please post a full set of test results (FC, CC, CYA, TA, pH, CH, and Salt if you have a SWG) and add information about your pool. Both will allow us to provide assistance tailored to your pool. See here for more info: http://www.troublefreepool.com/what-...ns-t10341.html
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    Re: Noob from Tennessee- EvanBone

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    Re: Noob from Tennessee- EvanBone

    Quote Originally Posted by BoDarville
    evanbone:

    IMHO, it is worth the time & investment to do that partial D&R now which will make managing your pool that much easier during the upcoming swim season. After that, you may be able to go several years before your next D&R. I have not had to do one since switching to BBB.
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    Hopefully I am mistaken on this simple math. If my current CYA level is 115 and I drain half of the pool and refill, my level would then be 58? What a PITA
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    Re: Noob from Tennessee- EvanBone

    What's up fellow Volunteer, sucks living in the Bulldog state....but i digress.....

    Some people "drain" their pools in a unique way. You have an L shape, so you could turn the pump off, siphon water out of one end with 1 or several garden hoses, and replenish water in the other end, so your overall water level stays the same.....possibly you could use a small pond pump or something if a siphon won't cut it due to flatness of your lot.

    I guess the benefit is less risk to damaging your liner and you don't loose swim time due to half empty pool.

    I've also read where people spread a big *** tarp over there pool and drain from underneath it and fill on top, then when done just pull the tarp out.

    I guess the whole idea is to keep the new and old water as separated as possible.

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    Re: Noob from Tennessee- EvanBone

    Cheers harleysilo. It really sucks living there when we loose to 'em. I'm way over here on the other end of the state in basketball territory(very strange), but I always represent the Big Orange.
    So that is interesting techniques. I guess I need to do something about it. I'll test all my levels and report back soon.
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