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    Call me a CYA risk taker.

    First of all, thank you TFP for finally ending about 7 or 8 years of battling a less-than-stellar 12,000 IG PebbleTec pool, which was never crystal clear and perfect. I had simply come to the conclusion that is was not possible for me to have perfect (or even near-perfect) pool water. At best is was clear but with "dust" on the bottom that would always get stirred up when someone was in the pool, or if I brushed. I even changed out the Pentair DE filter that came with the house to a Hayward sand filter (installed myself). Still, the best I could get was "somewhat okay."

    What I never knew, until coming to this site, was that my pool was constantly under a low-grade algae bloom. Or to put it better, I constantly had a good amount of dead algae (what I called "dust" and thought was due to a poor filter) in the pool that the chlorine was barely keeping up with, though it never went to a full algae bloom with green water, until last month. The pool store computer print outs usually would show CYA as either 100 or 150 (depending on the store's testing upper limit), but nobody ever said that in turn I needed to keep the free chlorine level proportionally higher. They always would say "chlorine is good, maybe a little high" when it would read between 3 and 5 ppm. They would, however, always tell me I needed to shock weekly, put in phosphate remover weekly, and use algaecide whenever I had cloudy water.

    So, long story short I am now BBB (no tabs), and will be draining about 60 to 70 percent of my water soon, but not yet. Why? It is too enjoyable to only be losing about 2 or 3 ppm of FC per day. Which means I only put in about a gallon of 12.5 percent HASA liquid chlorine every four or five days. I also got my K-2006 in the mail yesterday and the first test was:

    FC = 15
    CC = 0
    PH = 7.6
    TA = 110

    CYA and hardness I'll test later, but I know both are pretty high.

    Yes, I know I am at risk of not really knowing what the true pH is, but I'm guessing it is not too far from 7.6, maybe a little lower? The water is liquid glass clear. I have PebbleTec with a gray-blue-green color and for the first time it doesn't look brown in color. I want to wait until a cool or cloudy forecast (we do get them during the monsoon season this time of year) to do the drain, but the downside is that I know afterwards I'll have to get used to putting in a half gallon to a full gallon in per day. I plan on buying the HASA liquid chlorinator and installing it later this summer.

    Thanks TFP for giving me back a normal pool that people want to swim in again.
    15K gal, PebbleTec, 1/2 HP StayRite pump, Hayward S360SX Pro Series 36in. sand filter, A&A In-Floor Cleaning System (generation 1), connected spa.

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    Re: Call me a CYA risk taker.

    always tell me I needed to shock weekly, (Ca-ching!) put in phosphate remover weekly,(Ca-ching!) and use algaecide (Ca-ching!) whenever I had cloudy water.
    Very good sense on your part to become a BBB'r....no more (Ca-ching!)
    Dave S.
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    Re: Call me a CYA risk taker.

    With your attitude you are well on your way to be being in charge of your pool !!


    Jeff
    24'x54" AG Morada RTR (by wilbar) 13'500 gal. Hayward Powerflo Matrix 1hp 2 speed. Hayward Perflex EC65 DE filter.

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    Re: Call me a CYA risk taker.

    Congrats!
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    Re: Call me a CYA risk taker.

    I've only been here a litle while compared to most but I can tell you BBB is the way to go. As far as shocking once a week,with BBB there's no need to unless the numbers smell a "rat". I've shocked 3 times in 3 years, at spring start up and that's it for the season. I've found a good test kit is the most essential ingredent in BBB,without it your blind. I was aprehensive on installing a liquidator but with the fine people here offering encouragement and advice it was easy and makes BBB even better. Only negative is that I sorta miss the trips to the pool store but keeping my money in my pocket makes me feel better!!
    21000 Gallons I/G,,Vinyl,, 1.5 H.P. Hayward Pump,, Hayward Sand Filter S244T.. Liquidator.

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    Re: Call me a CYA risk taker.

    Just go to the pool store to recruit with your new knowledge.


    Jeff
    24'x54" AG Morada RTR (by wilbar) 13'500 gal. Hayward Powerflo Matrix 1hp 2 speed. Hayward Perflex EC65 DE filter.

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