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    I think I am not putting enough chemicals in my 12x36 pop up pool. I am new to handling chemicals in the pool also.

    My pool water is kind of clear and cloudy, I just did a test strip on it and my readings are as follows:
    FC-0/0 (I get ALOT of sun light on the pool, it's in direct sun light)

    What do I need to do to get the right levels and what are the correct levels for my pool?
    12,000 gal, AG, Sand Filter (Hayward S220T), 1 HP single speed
    Wilmington, NC

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    Re: newbie

    Welcome to TFP.

    You should start by reading the Temporary Pool Guide and the ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry. That will give you an understanding of how to set up and properly manage your pool.

    Once you've done that come back with any questions you have and we'll work on them.
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    Re: newbie

    We would love to help, but you'll find that most of us (me included) are hesitant to give advice without accurate, reliable test results, so you're going to get a bunch of replies that say "buy a good test kit."

    Spend some time in pool school then ask away.

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    SW MO

    Re: newbie


    And when it is said reliable test we DON'T mean the pool store, they aren't reliable either. That's why we say get a good test kit, your testing will be more reliable then most pool stores, and much more convenient.
    Dan D
    Used 2003 Aqua Leader 27'x52", 17,800 w/10" hopper, SwimPro SW256T 250# sand filter, Hayward PowerFlo LX pump 1hp impellor, Emerson 1 1/2 hp motor, setup Aug 2012 Summer 2011 used Summer Escapes Ring pool 14' x 42", Intex 1600gph sand filter, HTH 6 way test kitTF-100 w/stirrer, Well water @ FC=0, PH=7.2, TA=290, CH=320

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    SW Louisiana

    Re: newbie

    Just a bit to add to the previous comments, we find that test strip results are nearly useless for pool management. The only test on them that seems to be half way consistent is the pH test, other important test like CYA and FC have way too much room for error. Having said that your pH is too low, most pH tests only read down to 6.8, and anything below 6.8 reads as 6.8, so yours may be lower still. This should be the first thing you address, after that the problem is likely not enough chlorine, but without good test results, particularly for CYA and FC, and some idea on the history of chemical additions to the pool there is little sound advice we can give you.

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