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    Have used Soft swim products for 12 years, tired of it

    So I am brand new to doing on my own. Have used Soft swim products for 12 years. (Tired of it. $$$$$ and never seem to have high enough C level.) Also live in very rural area and have well water with Culligan water system. Pool is small, 8000 gal. Have sand filter, 1 hp pump and Rheem heater (we have free gas from our gas well). I run pump 24/7, and have Turtle bottom skimmer running 1/2 time.
    My husband hooked it all up last week, and always starts each year with fresh sand. I am on my own regarding chemical maintenance. The only thing I did so far was add Soft Swim A algacide last week. No chemicals other since last Oct. Can see bottom barely after running for one week. Since I added the Soft swim A, can I still start with bleach after getting ph adjusted? p.s. what is SWG?

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    Re: Have used Soft swim products for 12 years, tired of it

    SWG is a Salt Water chlorine Generator. They use electricity to make sanitizing chlorine out of salt.

    You need to go through the baqua conversion process. See the instructions in Pool School.
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    Re: Have used Soft swim products for 12 years, tired of it

    thanks you so much

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    Re: Have used Soft swim products for 12 years, tired of it

    So I got the TF-100 test kit the other day and just opened it. (R-0871 in the extra bag was leaking alittle. Lid was loose.) I have done nothing since adding soft swim A alage killer 2 week ago. Just running sand filter and back washing. I can see bottom and will send pictures before I add bleach.

    Testing so far- pH-8.2
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    Ca-150

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    Re: Have used Soft swim products for 12 years, tired of it

    I was reading in pool school about conversion process from Soft swim to chlorine. Do I worry about the pH before starting. If I add acid, I wont be able to backwash for a week. I expect that once I start with bleach, I will be needing to backwash frequently for a while. Which do I do first?

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    Re: Have used Soft swim products for 12 years, tired of it

    8.2 is too high...pH needs to get fixed first. Why do you say you couldn't backwash? If you're adding dry acid, don't put it in the skimmer, dissolve it in a bucket first. Muriatic acid can be added slowly in front of a return with the pump running.
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    Re: Have used Soft swim products for 12 years, tired of it

    Thanks. I was reading about CYA.... and then realized that I needed Muriatic acid to correct pH.

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    Re: Have used Soft swim products for 12 years, tired of it

    So got the pH adjusted to just about 7.7-7.8. Ok to add bleach?

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    Re: Have used Soft swim products for 12 years, tired of it

    I think you want it in the low 7s before you start. Have you read the article in Pool School? ... it is pretty clear that it states 7.2-7.4 before you start.
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    Re: Have used Soft swim products for 12 years, tired of it

    So I have pH adjusted to 7.2 and currently adding bleach per pool calculator and taking reading every couple of hours. Backwashing as needed. 2-3 times today. I can see bottom has a lot of junk and tried to vacuum. Should I be vacuuming this stuff to waste? It seems like alot of the stuff and sand is coming back in. I always had a Turtle to clean the pool, so I never really did much vacuuming. But went through 2 turtles in last 10 years. So I mostly vacuumed last year. I always keep adjustment on head to "Filter". Is that correct?

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    Re: Have used Soft swim products for 12 years, tired of it

    If there is a lot of debris, vacuuming to waste is fine.
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    Re: Have used Soft swim products for 12 years, tired of it

    Ok, so I will stop vacuuming for now. But are you suppose to vacuum to waste or to the filter.

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    Re: Have used Soft swim products for 12 years, tired of it

    I just said vacuuming to waste is fine if there is a lot of debris ... or vacuuming to filter if you want. Either way.
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    Re: Have used Soft swim products for 12 years, tired of it

    Sorry I misread- I thought you said vacuuming was a waste of time. Thanks.

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