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    Newbie Pool Owner

    TF 100 is on the way, here are the numbers I have with the kit I currently have, home depot jammie...

    FC 2.0
    PH 7.6
    TA 130

    We bought a house with an approx 10 yr old 20x40 inground. This is my first pool, so this is a learn as you go type thing. Already have been to the pool store where I dropped about $100 in "chemicals" to get it opened. Had to shock and add "alkalinity plus". Has an inline chlorinator thats running now, but I am going to go BBB as soon as the test kit arrives. After the shock, pool store said the water is perfect with the sample I brought them. But we will see.
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    Re: Newbie Pool Owner

    Welcome to tfp, flopalock

    No more alkalinity plus, your TA is already higher than ideal for a bleach chlorinated pool. Not a problem, it will come down on it's own eventually.

    How does your water look?
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    Water is crystal clear, which is suprising given I pulled a garbage can full of leaves out of it after I took the cover off. It was a mess to say the least.

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    Do you have a measurement for cya?

    If you do and since your water is clear, then I would dose to the normal chlorine level for that cya level (see the poolcalculator.com recommended levels section) until your kit comes. Once the kit comes, run a full set of tests and post them.
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    Welcome

    What he said^
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    Re: Newbie Pool Owner

    Welcome, looking forward to your TF-100 test results
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    Re: Newbie Pool Owner

    The kit i have has an acid demand test that tells me to add 3 pints of muriatic acid, from what i can tell. Its minimal accordind to the chart in the kit, so i think i might wait til i can test with the 100.

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    If your ph is still 7.6, then it is unlikely that you need acid at this point.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    OK 100 in the mail after work and here is what I have:
    CL 1.0
    PH 7.5
    FC 2.0
    CC 0.5
    TA 140
    CH 170
    CYA 50

    I thought the CYA would've been a little higher given the auto chlorinator, but who knows what they were using. The CH has me annoyed since the guy at the pool store had me dump a bucket of something in the pool because the water was too hard. Now lemme go play with the pool calculator.
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    Re: Newbie Pool Owner

    Quote Originally Posted by flopalock
    OK 100 in the mail after work and here is what I have:
    CL 1.0
    PH 7.5
    FC 2.0
    CC 0.5
    TA 140
    CH 170
    CYA 50

    I thought the CYA would've been a little higher given the auto chlorinator, but who knows what they were using. The CH has me annoyed since the guy at the pool store had me dump a bucket of something in the pool because the water was too hard. Now lemme go play with the pool calculator.
    Is the water clear? If so, just jack the FC up to about 6 and go swimming.
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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: Newbie Pool Owner

    Crystal, probably given im running the filter 16 hrs a day. Im playing with cutting back on that though. Check my avatar...heheh
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    Re: Newbie Pool Owner

    Yep, other than FC, your numbers look good...lucky you on the cya level

    Quote Originally Posted by flopalock
    The CH has me annoyed since the guy at the pool store had me dump a bucket of something in the pool because the water was too hard.
    Now you have the knowledge which gives you the power...so never let them do that to you again
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: Newbie Pool Owner

    So after jack up the fc to 6, how long do i wait to test again to see where its at?
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    Re: Newbie Pool Owner

    Quote Originally Posted by flopalock
    So after jack up the fc to 6, how long do i wait to test again to see where its at?
    Same bat time, same bat channel tomorrow. (I hope you're old enough to get that)

    If it ends up below 4, target 7 tomorrow. You'll learn your pool's appetite quick enough.
    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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