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    TC vs FC on Walmart Test

    Hi there! I am new to TFP and a new pool owner. We set up our new pool on 7/13/13, added the salt the next day, waited 24 hours with the pump running and then turned on the SWG per the instruction manual. I bought the cheap 3 way test from walmart you all recommend while I wait for my TF-100 to get here. My question is, what is total chlorine?...that is what the test results give me, not FC like your article says to be testing for. Or am I confused? lol Thanks in advance for your help!

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    Re: TC vs FC on Walmart Test

    Welcome to TFP!

    Total Chlorine is Free Chlorine plus Combined Chlorine. If the water is in good shape, TC is very close to FC.
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    Re: TC vs FC on Walmart Test

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Where did you see a recommendation for a 3-way kit from Walmart? There is a 6-way that is ... OK.

    You will be much better off with the TF-100
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    Re: TC vs FC on Walmart Test

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle
    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Where did you see a recommendation for a 3-way kit from Walmart? There is a 6-way that is ... OK.

    You will be much better off with the TF-100
    I just assumed the 3 way would be fine to get an inital idea of PH and Chlorine until my TF-100 gets here on Friday

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    Re: TC vs FC on Walmart Test

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnT
    Welcome to TFP!

    Total Chlorine is Free Chlorine plus Combined Chlorine. If the water is in good shape, TC is very close to FC.
    Okay, thanks

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    Re: TC vs FC on Walmart Test

    I just assumed the 3 way would be fine to get an inital idea of PH and Chlorine until my TF-100 gets here on Friday
    It is, it's basically the same as the K-1000 that will come with the TF-100. It's fine for ballpark Chlorine and good for PH.
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    Re: TC vs FC on Walmart Test

    Welcome to tfp, Crystal0922

    Have you read these pool school articles yet?:
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    Re: TC vs FC on Walmart Test

    Quote Originally Posted by linen
    Welcome to tfp, Crystal0922

    Have you read these pool school articles yet?:
    Yes, I have read through almost all the articles in Pool School. I don't have all the info memorized yet, but I keep referring to the articles that pertain to my situation the most, such as the two you listed above. I am so glad I found this site, it is very helpful!

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    Re: TC vs FC on Walmart Test

    Quote Originally Posted by linen
    Welcome to tfp, Crystal0922

    Have you read these pool school articles yet?:

    Linen,

    Can I ask why you have the copper bars disconnected on your SWG? I've noticed several people that say they have done that...

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    Re: TC vs FC on Walmart Test

    The copper is slowly deposited in the water to act as an algacide and will build up over time. Excess copper will turn the water a clear green, deposit stains on the liner, and causes blond hair to turn green. When you maintain your pool with proper chlorine levels you do not need an "algacide" and don't have to deal with difficult to remove stains and managing the copper in the water with sequestrants. The only way to remove the copper from the pool is to drain and refill with fresh water.
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    Re: TC vs FC on Walmart Test

    Quote Originally Posted by zea3
    The copper is slowly deposited in the water to act as an algacide and will build up over time. Excess copper will turn the water a clear green, deposit stains on the liner, and causes blond hair to turn green. When you maintain your pool with proper chlorine levels you do not need an "algacide" and don't have to deal with difficult to remove stains and managing the copper in the water with sequestrants. The only way to remove the copper from the pool is to drain and refill with fresh water.
    How do you disconnect the copper bars?

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    Re: TC vs FC on Walmart Test

    You can just unplug the connector or you can remove the bars themselves. You can find instructions to completely remove the copper bars here.
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    Re: TC vs FC on Walmart Test

    Quote Originally Posted by zea3
    You can just unplug the connector or you can remove the bars themselves. You can find instructions to completely remove the copper bars here.
    Thank you

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