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    New pool owner- bought a house that had a swamp for pool

    Hello all, I actually do electrical work for new pool installs.... I have really been trying to figure out how to get this mess straight! Started out with 8 trash cans full of leaves & branches, a ton of tad poles & dozen frogs pool. Thanks to this site, my pool is almost ready to swim..... Hopefully I can get the final help to clear the water??? took water from almost black to a cloudy blue.... hoping to get water clear soon? have a taylor test kit #'s
    FC 3
    TC 5+
    cc? (since actual TC unkown (kit tops out at 5)
    PH- 7.2
    TA 60
    Water is cloudy & on blue side any suggetions greatly appreciated & will be executed. Wife & I were blessed with first child on march 23 hope to introduce her to a healthy pool soon...
    30k gallons, Hayward sand filter- (flow rate ?) IG vinyl liner, Hayward 1.5 hp super pump

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    Re: New pool owner- bought a house that had a swamp for pool

    Welcome to TFP!

    What is your CYA level?

    Chances are that you aren't using enough chlorine.

    Also, how has the filter pressure been behaving?
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    Re: New pool owner- bought a house that had a swamp for pool

    Thank you Jason for welcome & reply! CYA was less than 30 (dot was visable beyond 30.... to start now in around 48. pressure is nuts if brush & debris is stirred up. generally around 20 when running with no problem. recently started to add DE to help
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    Re: New pool owner- bought a house that had a swamp for pool

    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.
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    Re: New pool owner- bought a house that had a swamp for pool

    Ok went to pool store & received following results:
    TC-4.7
    Fc- 2.3
    Ph-6.5
    Ta- 50
    CH- 50
    Stabilizer-0 (although it was low when started & def. Around 50 per my test?
    They suggested I start working on CH by adding 58lbs of calcium increaser.
    Next alakalinity- then ph & finally superchlorinate. Does this procedure sound reasonable? Purchasing the BBB's as suggested. Now just need to figure out right steps... Thank you so much for all your thoughs & ideas!!!
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    Re: New pool owner- bought a house that had a swamp for pool

    Quote Originally Posted by nugget
    Ok went to pool store & received following results:
    TC-4.7
    Fc- 2.3
    Ph-6.5
    Ta- 50
    CH- 50
    Stabilizer-0 (although it was low when started & def. Around 50 per my test?
    They suggested I start working on CH by adding 58lbs of calcium increaser.
    Next alakalinity- then ph & finally superchlorinate. Does this procedure sound reasonable? Purchasing the BBB's as suggested. Now just need to figure out right steps... Thank you so much for all your thoughs & ideas!!!
    Vinyl pool doesn't need Calcium. Look at the money you just saved by not adding it. I hope...

    And I'd trust your Taylor kit more than the pool store. Quit stalling and start the shock process.
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    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: New pool owner- bought a house that had a swamp for pool

    Amen thank you Richard!! I tried to tell them that as well but value the real information on this site! Dumping 9 gallons of bleach per pool calculator & will check into additional add on to Taylor kit as you referenced. Thank you again for your thoughts!!! Have a great day!
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    Re: New pool owner- bought a house that had a swamp for pool

    To properly shock you need that FAS-DPD test, without it you are guessing. It is easy to overshoot or overshoot and waste time and money...

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    Re: New pool owner- bought a house that had a swamp for pool

    FAS-DPD test kit was ordered over weekend but started Shock Process per request. Used pool calc & dumped bleach as suggested. Can only use strips to verify above 10 until test kit arrives... Water was a cloudy blue, today it turned a greenish brown? I can still see return as before but seems going the wrong way? I did use test strips prior to blind dumping this am & again this eve... Figured better to over shoot rather than wait on test kit? although not sure what happened basically today???? what to do now?
    30k gallons, Hayward sand filter- (flow rate ?) IG vinyl liner, Hayward 1.5 hp super pump

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