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    My Pool Store-y...

    Came back from an 8 day vacay to find our pool looking like the proverbial Jolly Rancher. I had put 4 3" HTH pucks in the only-used-when-away inline chlorinator, so not sure why things got so far out of hand. Pool had been good until we left.

    Anyhoo, I pool calculatored 15ppm chlorine as shock level for our CYA of 40, requiring approx 3 gals 12.5% chlorine (all further references are to 12.5% chlorine.) I figured that's what I'd do initially, then follow shocking instructions here to keep chlorine high until prob is gone. As a sort of 2nd opinion, my Taylor test kit booklet suggested algae removal process is to do a one-shot treatment of 30ppm chlorine or 6 gallons.

    Sent my wife to the pool store to get a couple cases (had a couple jugs on hand also) plus a gal of muriatic acid as PH was around 7.9 and my Taylor acid demand test said I needed about 1/2 gal to bring down to 7.3.

    She calls from the pool store and says the guy has a bit different idea. Puts him on the horn. He says we should immediately dump in 6 cases (24 gals) chlorine (enough for 125ppm chlorine). I asked how he figured that, like what ppm chlorine he was going for. He said, "I used 4 cases to clear up my 18000 gallon aboveground this spring, so you need more because your pool is bigger." Then he said, "And you need to add at least 6 gallons of muriatic acid to get rid of the algae." I asked what PH he was shooting for (that much acid would lower PH to approx 5.7!) "That's not what the acid is for. It's to kill the algae. You'll have to adjust your PH once the algae is gone." Then he sort of recommended using another algaecide, too, although he said it's too expensive. Plus he mentioned a flocculent because our cartridge filter would not be able to handle the dead algae and pooh-poohed the Sea Klear I had been using to control cloudiness (he may be right on that, we'll see in a day or so.)

    She came home with 24 gal chlorine and 4 gal muriatic. I adjusted PH to 7.3 and dumped in 3 gal chlorine, tested chlorine using my Taylor K2005 kit and 4:1 dilution with tap water, and followed shocking recommendations here fairly well although perhaps erring on the too much chlorine side, using a grand total of 9 gal chlorine. By morning pool is white and cloudy but no longer green. Thanks TFP!

    I do wonder how much trouble I'd be in if I had blindly followed along and got PH lower than 6. At very least I'd be rounding up 100lb of borax to get it back to where it should be. And I shouldn't knock the pool store too much as it does sell cases of chlorine for $10.99 and they're fresh because everybody around here buys 'em there.
    25000 gal inground curved L shape - concrete, fiberglass walls - with Jacuzzi Sherlock 160 cartridge filter, Laars Lite LLG gas heater & Klean-a-tron robot
    near the pool: Cookshack Smokette, Akorn Kamado grill, putting green
    in the shed: Deere greens mower, Simplicity FC-16 front cut mower

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    Re: My Pool Store-y...

    Sounds like with a little education you could convert him!
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    Re: My Pool Store-y...

    My pool place was like this until I gave thim this website. The owner sent me an email thanking me and said he actually plans to use some of the educational pieces to share with his customers. He now sells chlorine by the case and acid too. The problem I told him is that his cost for chlorine is still too high. I can get a case of chlorine 12.5% from Fleet Farm for $9.95 plus tax. He said he cant even touch that. Told him that he needs to find a way as that for me is about $35 a season in chemical savings.

    I agree about needing the pool place and I really just tell the salesman pushing the product that I have it under control. Another reason I do not bring my water to be tested ANYWHERE! When they ask me, I tell them I have it under control and usually then they stop trying to push product on me.

    Good story for sure.
    Chad R.

    POOL SIZE: 16 x 32' Vinyl lined pool. 22,000 gallons. 8' deep. 2009 Hayward 1.5 HP Super Pump. Hayward S310S 30" 500 lb Sand filter. 1 skimmer and 2 returns. Solar Blanket.

    Pics of my pool: http://s307.photobucket.com/albums/nn312/reindeerboy/

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    Re: My Pool Store-y...

    Still had milky whiteness Thursday, when a friend of Mrs. told her to try Pool First Aid. So she went back to the pool store and picked some up. Apparently it's an enzyme product that digests stuff, maybe has a clarifier too. Dumped in recommended amount (50 oz) and by Sunday water was as clear as it's ever been. Possibly it would have cleared up without First Aid, but I rather doubt it.

    Hoping not to have all this happen again for the rest of pool season...
    25000 gal inground curved L shape - concrete, fiberglass walls - with Jacuzzi Sherlock 160 cartridge filter, Laars Lite LLG gas heater & Klean-a-tron robot
    near the pool: Cookshack Smokette, Akorn Kamado grill, putting green
    in the shed: Deere greens mower, Simplicity FC-16 front cut mower

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    Re: My Pool Store-y...

    Be careful diluting with tap water when testing chlorine. Tap water often contains fc or cc. Use distilled. Tap is fine for cya dilution, as it would not have cya in it.
    POOL: Intex ultra new in 2014 (32 x 16 x 52) (seasonal; on concrete pad covered with 1.5" extruded or whatever foam insulation sheets - ugly, but comfy); added a through-wall skimmer; I add salt for feel. EQUIPMENT: Pentair SuperFlo pump (1HP, 2SPD); Pentair cartridge filter (200 sq. ft); Pentair MasterTemp natural gas heater (400,000 btu) Climate/Location: Eastern Nebraska

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    Re: My Pool Store-y...

    True in many cases but our water comes from our well. Hope it doesn't have chlorine in it, that'd mean the pool's leaking into the well.
    25000 gal inground curved L shape - concrete, fiberglass walls - with Jacuzzi Sherlock 160 cartridge filter, Laars Lite LLG gas heater & Klean-a-tron robot
    near the pool: Cookshack Smokette, Akorn Kamado grill, putting green
    in the shed: Deere greens mower, Simplicity FC-16 front cut mower

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