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    Wait awhile?

    We've maintained our pool for 25 years with the help of good pool dealers and their employees and never had a problem until we put on a mesh security winter cover several years ago and each year after that it's taken awhile to clear (Next winter I'm adding a winter cover). Upon opening pool this year it was super cloudy and would not clear. For the first time I heard "chlorine block" and with a test strip showing low to no stabilizer, I couldn't get CYA tested by pool store and they argued with me about adding any. They did however help me get the alkalinity up from 58 with $176.00 of chemicals. However the chlorine didn't stay. I added their 16 gal of chlorine then after finally getting them to sell me CYA added 1 lb and 4 gal of chlorine. Finally the pool started clearing and today it is clear. Today I also received the TF-100 kit and got the following readings
    FC 1.5
    CC 1.5
    PH 7.2
    TA 150 (before turning off pump it was at 120)
    CH 220
    CYA 20

    Now should I just wait a few days and let pucks provide chlorine and stabilizer and just keep watching?

    25Kgal, vinyl, IN, Sta Rite Cristal Flo Model T-240BP sand max fr 62, Douglas 1HP pump, Great White cleaning Robot

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    bmann71's Avatar
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    Aug 2007
    Washington, Indiana

    Re: Wait awhile?

    Welcome to TFP

    Read pool school linked up above this page.

    I would perform an OCLT tonight. You need to pass this test before you quit shocking. Here's the link to shocking.

    by the way, 25 years before you have your first problem? I don't like people like you!
    20,000 gal/ Fiberglass IG/ Sta-rite s7m120 cartridge filter/Sta-rite SR400NA 400,000 btu heater/Polaris 360 Cleaner/K-2006 Test Kit
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    linen's Avatar
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    Jul 2010
    Twin Cities, MN

    Re: Wait awhile?

    Welcome to tfp, Moeever

    Since your cc is still greater than 0.5, you need to complete the shocking process. See:
    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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    SouthWest Alabama

    Re: Wait awhile?

    Welcome to TFP.

    You should not wait. The fact that you have 1.5 CC's says that you need to perform the shock process. Don't add any more CYA. Take the pucks out and shock with liquid per the instructions in pool school.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
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    Jun 2008
    Seattle, WA

    Re: Wait awhile?

    With several readings of Pool School, you'll learn to be able to buy many of the identical chemicals the pool store sells, except at a significant savings.

    You said you spent $176 at the pool store and ended up increasing your alkalinity. I plugged your numbers into The Pool Calculator and it would normally take 33 lbs of baking soda to raise your alkalinity from 58 to 150. Costco sells the exact same "Alkalinity Increaser" as 14 lb bags of baking soda for something like $11 a bag. If you bought 3 bags that would have covered your need and would have cost around $33 total. $33 vs $176; you see the benefits of Pool School in your wallet pretty quickly.
    21K gal 16' x 40' in-ground pool built 1959, old school with Jacuzzi bronze pump, American Products 24" Sand Filter & Americana Multiport valve, Jandy Lite2 millivolt heater, Coverstar cover, and classic Kreepy Krauly.

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    Re: Wait awhile?

    Wow you all are fast! Had to leave last night so didn't get back until after early morning so checked and
    CC .5
    FC .5

    After cleaning and back washing added another gal of chlorine (also part of that $176.00 but if nothing else, I learned about you all and alternatives). Since pool is clear, put on solar cover and will check in the morning
    Managed those many years without trouble until the mesh security winter cover allowed all this great atmosphere to mess with the balance the last 5 years. Never again!

    25Kgal, vinyl, IN, Sta Rite Cristal Flo Model T-240BP sand max fr 62, Douglas 1HP pump, Great White cleaning Robot

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