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    Help dont know what to do

    I have a 24' above ground pool with salt water. I took a sample to the pool place to get started this year. Spent $80 on supplies and followed the directions and there is no change in the pool. My chlorine generater shows 2900 ppm. I test the water with strips and everything shows ok but the free chlorine shows low. Water is clowdy and hasnt changed at all with what they said do. Im lost.

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    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Flower Mound, TX

    Re: Help dont know what to do

    Welcome to TFP!

    You need a good test kit. Either a TF-100 or a Taylor K-2006 from will do you best. Once you get the kit, test the water and post results for us to see. We will get you squared away. We just need numbers that we can depend on. Meanwhile, please read Pool School to learn about pool water chemistry.
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    Jul 2010
    Twin Cities, MN

    Re: Help dont know what to do

    Welcome to tfp, afdcaptain

    Quote Originally Posted by afdcaptain
    I test the water with strips and everything shows ok but the free chlorine shows low.
    The strips are pretty inaccurate and are often misleading. Do you have a drop based chlorine test? Maybe you have the OTO chlorine test that is attached side by side to a ph test? See if that shows anything.

    With that said, cloudy water is usually a sign of algae so most likely you need to do the shocking process. See:

    What did the pool store have you add? Do you have the pool store test results?

    Pool school (link near upper right of each page) has a ton of great information that will help you.
    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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