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    Started pool season Looking for suggestion/insights

    Hello all,
    I have started the pool season up here in southeast WI. Pool is not leveled from settlement and rains about 1.5" Does anyone think this will be a big problem? In regard to water, I added 120 lbs of morton water purification salt. Need to test the PPM before turning on the SWG. I tested the water with the Taylor 2006 kit. my numbers are

    PH- 7.4
    CH- 140
    TA- 130
    FC-0
    CYA-0

    Pool school says I don't need to hurry to lower TA. However Pool School says that TA impacts PH, and PH impacts how well the chlorine works. I am confused. Should I get TA in range or move forward with getting
    PH-7.5-7.6
    TA-60-80 ppm (over time with areation)
    FC-3-5 ppm
    CYA-70-80 ppm
    CH is already in range via the pool school SWG level config
    Pool: 16x48 intex ultra frame AGP 5061 gal
    Equipment: Intex 1200 gph 1/4 hp zeo sand filter pump combo w/ Intex SWG
    Location: Southeast WI
    Test Kit: Taylor FAS-DPD K-2006 Most if not all readings. Sometimes I utilize test strips. I disclose test strip use on test result postings.

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    Re: Started pool season Looking for suggestion/insights

    Welcome!

    Worry about TA later. Right now you need to get some CYA and some FC in the water, lest your next thread involve cloudy green water! I expect your pH to climb once things start circulating, which will require some acid to correct, which will also lower TA.

    An inch and a half out of level may end up becoming a problem. But I have an inground, so don't take my word for it.
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    Re: Started pool season Looking for suggestion/insights

    Last night I added 1lb of cal hypo (48%) and 2 lb 15 oz of CYA. Testing shows
    PH of 6.8 or less
    FC 16.5
    CC .5
    TA- Strip test 80-120
    CYA- Strip test 30-50
    I am worried about the low PH. Pool Calculator tells us to add 2 lbs of borax to raise PH to appropriate levels. I will be able to do this later today. Am I causing damage to the pool waiting 6 -7 hrs to correct or do I need to leave work ?
    Pool: 16x48 intex ultra frame AGP 5061 gal
    Equipment: Intex 1200 gph 1/4 hp zeo sand filter pump combo w/ Intex SWG
    Location: Southeast WI
    Test Kit: Taylor FAS-DPD K-2006 Most if not all readings. Sometimes I utilize test strips. I disclose test strip use on test result postings.

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    Re: Started pool season Looking for suggestion/insights

    Quote Originally Posted by sortarican
    Last night I added 1lb of cal hypo (48%) and 2 lb 15 oz of CYA. Testing shows
    PH of 6.8 or less
    FC 16.5
    CC .5
    TA- Strip test 80-120
    CYA- Strip test 30-50
    I am worried about the low PH. Pool Calculator tells us to add 2 lbs of borax to raise PH to appropriate levels. I will be able to do this later today. Am I causing damage to the pool waiting 6 -7 hrs to correct or do I need to leave work ?
    I kinda doubt it. Pool Calculator shows the pH effect to be almost -1.3, but for changes that huge, it loses accuracy. So maybe not that much. You also have enough TA to counteract some of that, and luckily, you don't have a plaster pool. And besides, test strips are not that accurate. You really ought to get a decent test kit. You'll find that the people answering questions lose interest fast when we can't get trustable test results. I'm sure somewhere, someone, has tap water that is that acidic. Fix it when you can.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    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: Started pool season Looking for suggestion/insights

    Thank you for the peace of mind. Indeed, I used the taylor FAS-DPD k 2006 test kit for the PH, FC and the CC. I figured I needed more accurate readings on those items. The test strips where just a quick range of where I was at... That's why I disclosed the test strip use. I'll put in my signature that I test with the Taylor k2006.
    Pool: 16x48 intex ultra frame AGP 5061 gal
    Equipment: Intex 1200 gph 1/4 hp zeo sand filter pump combo w/ Intex SWG
    Location: Southeast WI
    Test Kit: Taylor FAS-DPD K-2006 Most if not all readings. Sometimes I utilize test strips. I disclose test strip use on test result postings.

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    Re: Started pool season Looking for suggestion/insights

    Decided to drain the pool and fix the 1.5 " slope. 12"x 12" pavers under the legs of the pool will help the legs sinking into soft ground. Thank you for the help.
    Pool: 16x48 intex ultra frame AGP 5061 gal
    Equipment: Intex 1200 gph 1/4 hp zeo sand filter pump combo w/ Intex SWG
    Location: Southeast WI
    Test Kit: Taylor FAS-DPD K-2006 Most if not all readings. Sometimes I utilize test strips. I disclose test strip use on test result postings.

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    Re: Started pool season Looking for suggestion/insights

    After draining pool to further support the pools legs from sinking into soft ground. The pool is leveled. Pool chemistry has been applied. I tested last night and my readings via the Taylor FAS-DPD kit are
    FC: 6 ppm
    CC: 05 ppm
    PH: 7.4
    CYA: 45 ppm
    TA: 120
    Calcium Hardness: 250


    I set the Pump timer to 4 hrs and the SWG timer to 2 hrs this morning @ 7 am . Will have to wait and see if that combination is good for the southeast WI location, time of year, and pool. I know CYA can be brought up.Wrinkles have developed on floor of pool. There is fine dirt accumulating on the floor of the pool as well. Any other suggestions to improve the set up?
    Pool: 16x48 intex ultra frame AGP 5061 gal
    Equipment: Intex 1200 gph 1/4 hp zeo sand filter pump combo w/ Intex SWG
    Location: Southeast WI
    Test Kit: Taylor FAS-DPD K-2006 Most if not all readings. Sometimes I utilize test strips. I disclose test strip use on test result postings.

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