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Thread: Calcium, Really Needed?

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    Calcium, Really Needed?

    Opening the pool, great day and so good to get back to summer!
    OK, here are my numbers using the TF 100 TEST Kit tested this afternoon.

    Water Clear
    FC 2.5
    CC 0
    TC 2.5
    CYA 35
    PH 7.2
    TA 60 ( Will bring up using Baking Soda)
    CH 50

    Leslie Pool Man says I need the CH brought up even for my Liner above Ground Pool, Really? Im not thinking so but looking for others op on this. Thanks much!
    142OO Gallon
    Cartridge Filter
    1 1/2 HP Pump
    Charleston SC

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    Richard320's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: Calcium, Really Needed?

    Wait...let me guess...I think I know this one... Leslies sells Calcium Increaser? Am I right? What do I win?

    There's only two reasons to put Calcium in a vinyl pool:
    1) It's brand new and the warranty requires periodic testing documentation and a minimum CH maintained.
    2) You get a lot of foaming around the returns. Calcium will reduce that.
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    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: Calcium, Really Needed?

    You Win again! Thanks for the reply.....Thank I will save that 50 bucks and go buy some beer! Oh by the way when I was in the pool store TWO individuals had CYA so high even the Leslie pool man said drain water about 4 ft and refill, same with the second couple getting their water tested.....Stop the PUCKS PUCKS PUCKS when will they learn............Thanks Richard!
    142OO Gallon
    Cartridge Filter
    1 1/2 HP Pump
    Charleston SC

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    Isaac-1's Avatar
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    May 2010
    SW Louisiana

    Re: Calcium, Really Needed?

    $50, the local Ace Hardware franchise store sells Calcium hardness increaser (Calcium Chloride) for about $1 per pound in nice screw top 25 pound pails.
    Indoor 20x40 35,000 gallon vinyl pool with 1.5 HP 2 speed Jandy FloPro pump, Hayward EC75 Perflex DE filter, 11 4x12 Techno-Solis solar panels w/ Aquasolar controller, Aquabot Turbo T Robot Cleaner. Also LMI metering chlorine dispenser pump and HotSpring Jetsetter
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