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    need help opening my pool

    Just recently took responsibility of caring for my pool. Was told to dump 5 lbs of PoolTime Shock ExtraBlue (the 6in1 shock) to take care of the green. (pool was a little slimy and had algae in places).

    So i added the shock, brushed all the algae, vacuumed the bottom with skimmer vacuum, and put 2 PoolTime Plus 3" Tablets in the Floater. Waited a week, brushed again and vacuumed again.

    Pool looks very clean now, but i measured the chems - and they are waaaay off. Here was the result yesterday:

    CH: > 1000
    CC: 9
    CF: 10
    pH: 8.4
    TA: 180
    STab: 150

    So i put 20oz of PoolTime phDown (as directed) and measured a few minutes ago and have the following:

    CH: < 1000
    CC: 3
    CF: 10
    pH: 7.8+
    TA: 130
    STab: 100

    Water looks good - but am afraid those chems are still to high for skin contact.

    Please advise on next steps.

    Thanks!
    11K | IG | Plaster | Hayward Pro Grid DE 36cu.ft. (DE3620) | Hayward Max Flo (SP2805X T20) .75HP | Pool rebuilt in 2008 |

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    Re: need help opening my pool

    Welcome to TFP! What test kit are you using?

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    Re: need help opening my pool

    Thanks for the welcome, I appreciate it!!!

    I'm using the PoolTime 6-Way Test Strips.
    11K | IG | Plaster | Hayward Pro Grid DE 36cu.ft. (DE3620) | Hayward Max Flo (SP2805X T20) .75HP | Pool rebuilt in 2008 |

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    Re: need help opening my pool

    You should throw away the strips....they are causing your confusion and are worthless. Pool store tests are often pretty bad, too, but they can't be ANY worse than the inconsistencies you got.

    We really advocate your own good test kit so you can learn pool water management with confidence and can stay out of the pool store.
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    Re: need help opening my pool

    No problem. We are here to help.

    For starters, I don't really trust the numbers that you are getting from your kit. So, I would recommend strongly that you invest in a high quality drop-based test kit that we know to produce accurate results. Without accurate numbers, there is no way of knowing what you really have going on in your water. Please go to tftestkits.net and purchase either a Taylor K-2006 or a TF-100 kit. Once you have it, you can run a panel of tests and we can get you clear and swimming.

    Please read Pool School for starters. There is very important information for you in there.

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    Re: need help opening my pool

    Roger that. I will catch up on my required reading and get one of those test kits. Until it arrives, can I use a PoolMaster Basic 5 Test Kit? Would that give more accurate results? I purchased one of these just in case the strips were retarded, lol.

    Thanks!
    11K | IG | Plaster | Hayward Pro Grid DE 36cu.ft. (DE3620) | Hayward Max Flo (SP2805X T20) .75HP | Pool rebuilt in 2008 |

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    Re: need help opening my pool

    You would be better served by getting one of those 6-way HTH kits from Wal Mart. They are pretty good for getting by.

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    Re: need help opening my pool

    Perfect, will do. I will pick up some tomorrow and post results. Thanks TFP Team!!
    11K | IG | Plaster | Hayward Pro Grid DE 36cu.ft. (DE3620) | Hayward Max Flo (SP2805X T20) .75HP | Pool rebuilt in 2008 |

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    Re: need help opening my pool

    Welcome, humanerd! I turned my back on the Pool Store 2 yrs. go & never looked back. I read Pool School, purchased a TF100 kit and my water has never been better. So grab a kit and the Speedstir, too if you are able. It's a must have in my book. The only thing I have bought at the pool store is a couple O-rings, MajicLube and a skimmer net. If I have a question about anything or just want some assurance I'm doing the right thing, these folks are always there.
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