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    help!!!!

    [Edited for line breaks: jjparrish]

    Hello everyone, I am new to this forum and newish to pool ownership.

    We have just retired to France and have a house with a good sized pool. Last winter a good intentioned friend gave us some advice about closing the pool for the winter. We were advised that we didnt need to add anything, just close it up.

    This seemed contrary advice to everything we had been told by the previous owners, but as our 'friend' had owned a pool for a few years we took his advice. Big mistake. we opened the pool up ten days ago and guess what ??? Pea soup.

    I could have cried, but a good strong northern lass (brits who use this forum will know what I mean) I rolled up my proverbial sleaves and set to work with my home chemistry set.

    I am pleased to report I have now got water coloured soup, and am a lot of Euros lighter of wallet.
    The water is still cloudy, but getting clearer by the day. I can actually see the bottom now!!

    The problem now seems to be my levels. Strange that, considering how little I know and how many chemicals I threw in (sarcasm abounds at this point).

    My PH is about right I think it is just a bit light maybe 7.1, but my chlorine level is off the scale with almost orange water. I have used a lot of shock, but non of the stabilising blocks so I dont think the water has too much Cyanamic acid in.

    Is this going to get lower or do I need to think about getting rid of some water?? I hope I havent bored you guys to death and someone will take pity on this poor (very poor now) ignorant lady.

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    I would love to help but I would really need more testing numbers to steer you in the right direction. What kind of kit are you using? Is there any way you can go to a pool store and get your water tested without buying anything?
    14x33 fiberglass freeform
    Variable speed Pentair intelliflo superpump
    420 Clean and Clear Plus cartridge filter.
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    I am sure we can do that, I will speak to a friend, not the bad advice one, as my French isnt up to asking for them to test the water so to speak.

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    Ok good once you get a full set of numbers we'll help you get straight and your pool will be sparkling
    14x33 fiberglass freeform
    Variable speed Pentair intelliflo superpump
    420 Clean and Clear Plus cartridge filter.
    pool-school/pool_calculator , http://www.tftestkits.net/

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    Welcome to the forum!

    I suggest reading these 3 stickies reading for now:

    "ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry" by duraleigh: http://www.troublefreepool.com/sticky.php?s=4953

    "BBB" or, "What are all these pol chemicals?" by Waterbear: http://www.troublefreepool.com/sticky.php?s=94


    "Turning Your Green Wwamp Back into a Sparkling Oasis" by JasonLion: http://www.troublefreepool.com/sticky.php?s=4147

    As whoozer says, we need a full set of test numbers to give help.

    Also, post all your pool and equipment information in your signature.

    A really good test kit is necessary to have control over your water. I recommend TF Test kits, link in my sig.
    TFP Moderator TF100 Test Kit TF100 TestKit YouTube Channel PoolMath
    You're done SLAMing when:
    1)You lose 1ppm or less FC overnight, & 2)You have .5ppm CC's or less, & 3)your water is clear.

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