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    New pool owner...

    Just got my new pool all set up and need some guidance with chemicals and what not. It's a 15ft pool that's 35.5 ft deep and has a filtration system. I bought 3" tablets but the filter system say it only uses 1" so I just cut it up and put it in the filter system as suggested in the manual. That was last night around 10. Just tested it this morning and no chlorine is showing? Just wanting to know where to start to get everything perfect. Thanks.

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    Re: New pool owner...

    I would start at reading pool school and get a grasp on what to use and what not to use like those pucks. Their no good.

    Switch over to bleach. Also get yourself one of the test kits we recommend. I use the TF-100.


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    Re: New pool owner...

    Pool school is where you should start, but until then..........add some plain bleach in there to get FC up. We'll assume you meant 3.5 feet deep too! Welcome!
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    Re: New pool owner...

    Welcome to TFP!

    The first steps is to get some water test results. There is no way to know what needs adjusting without knowing what your current levels are. Ideally you want a top quality test kit (probably the best investment in your pool you can make), but if you don't have one pool store results are much better than nothing.

    If you just filled the pool, I am not surprised that you aren't reading any chlorine. Your CYA starts out at zero, and sunlight burns off all of the chlorine very very quickly when CYA is zero.

    And, of course, pwrstrk's advice to do some reading in Pool School is a really good idea!
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    Re: New pool owner...

    I'm assuming the tf100 is only available online?

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    Re: New pool owner...

    You can order it thru this site.


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    Re: New pool owner...

    Went and got a full test kit here are my results.
    Cya: 75
    TC: .5
    FC: .5
    Ph: 8.2
    Alkalinity: 91
    Hardness: 201
    I've purchased some shock treatment. Ph decreaser and alkalinity adjuster. Anything that you could recommend?

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    Re: New pool owner...

    Where did you get the test kit ?


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    Re: New pool owner...

    Buddy if mine had a tf100. He let me borrow it cuz he hasn't opened his pool yet.

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    Re: New pool owner...

    CYA is high. FC is way low. PH is a little high also.

    Do you know how to use the pool calc ?


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    Re: New pool owner...

    According to my calculation if I'm correct. 4.5 pounds of alkalinity increaser. A pound of ph decreaser and a pound of shock treatment. I'm just unsure of which order I should apply.

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    Re: New pool owner...

    Your CYA is high. Don't buy any pucks or powders. Liquid chlorine bleach only.

    Adjust pH first.

    How does the water look? Chlorine is second, but how much is determined by whether or not you need to shock.

    Ignore TA for now. TA can be adjusted later.
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