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    shocking my pool

    hello everyone, i'm new to this and have a question... after spending $40 dollars on bleach trying to shock a green pool, i was running out of time and money so i put 5 lbs of cal-hypo in the pool two days ago, it's back to blue with cloudiness. i know my test are not accurate with the pool in shock mode but here they are.
    stabilizer - 80
    ph - 7.4
    alkalinity - 110
    hardness - 0
    color of my chlorine test - deep orange

    do i just wait now?
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    Smykowski's Avatar
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    Gurnee, IL (North Suburban Chi-town)

    Re: shocking my pool

    Welcome to the forum.

    Spend a little time in Pool School. Link is upper right corner of every page. We want to help, but we'll be speaking Yiddish unless you do a little reading first.
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    Twin Cities, MN

    Re: shocking my pool

    Welcome to tfp, juicierthnfruit

    What type and size of pool do you have?

    The shocking process we teach on here is a little different then just adding product to the is a process of holding the chlorine level appropriately high until the algae is gone. See this pool school article:
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    SpringHill FL

    Re: shocking my pool

    Sounds like your first step would be to get a good quality test kit that will allow you to actually see what you need to do. The TF100 or K2006 are the best kits out.
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    Re: shocking my pool

    thanks, i'll go over the pool school again....
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    Re: shocking my pool

    thanks linen, i read the pool school and realize the shocking using the bbb method is a process, i only had 2 days to spend time with the pool, i don't any help to keep watch over it. so i figured i't use the cal-hypo to get it back to blue, then start from there with the bbb method.
    I have a 24" round 11,200 gal AG vinyl 2 HP millennium cartridge filter
    24' x 52' Round AG 11,200 gal., 2 HP pump Cartridge Filter

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    Re: shocking my pool

    Part of the problem with your idea is that Cal-Hypo can cause cloudiness all by itself, so you can't tell if the cloudy water is from algae still in the water or the addition of Cal-Hypo that you used to try to clear the algae. This is part of the reason we preach using only bleach for chlorination, particularly for beginners who may not understand the secondary effects of the other forms of chlorination.
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    Re: shocking my pool

    thanks for clearing that up for me.. i really appreciate that
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    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: shocking my pool

    What strength Cal-hypo? Even the 73% stuff only took FC to 39, which is still less than mustard shock level. The 58% stuff would have barely put you into shock level! So I'd say you got lucky. A logical orderly approach works better. I had an infection once, but I wanted the pain to go away right now. I didn't have time to take those antibiotics twice a day for ten days. I should have just taken the whole bottle at once.
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