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    Totally Clueless about Pool Care

    I recently purchased an Intex above ground pool that measures 12ftx 30in. Which measures approximately 1700 gallons. I purchased an hth starter kit for above ground pools because my water began to give off a very stagnant displeasing scent. I shocked the pool and then a day later added chlorinating granules (according to manufacturers dosage chart). However after I shocked it my pool water turned green. I keep testing with a 3 way test strip but my readings are consistant at
    Free Chlorine (FC) /Bromine ppm 0/0
    PH 6.8
    Total Alkalinity (TA) ppm 80
    I would like to continue to use the kit I just purchased which includes stabilizer, shock n swim and chlorinating granules.
    I just want to be able to swim in my pool trouble free. Please help!!!!

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    Re: Totally Clueless about Pool Care

    Welcome to TFP!

    Since your pool is fairly small, the simplest thing might be to empty it out and start over. If you want to continue from where you are now you are going to need a better test kit and do some reading in Pool School.

    As a general rule, you never want to let the PH go below 7.2. If you are using chlorinating granules made of dichlor, they will constantly be lowering the PH. You need to be adding borax or soda ash/PH Up to keep the PH from getting way too low.
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    Re: Totally Clueless about Pool Care

    As Jason said, first thing is to get a good test kit. I bought the TF100 from links on this website. It will quickly pay for itself in avoiding trips to the pool store to buy expensive chemicals you don't need.

    All you really need on a daily basis is bleach. It is commonly available and cheap.
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    Re: Totally Clueless about Pool Care

    Thats all great advice, thank you so much! From where I am, how do I fix my pool so that I can swim in it soon?

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    Re: Totally Clueless about Pool Care

    From where I am, how do I fix my pool so that I can swim in it soon?
    You will have to keep chlorine in the pool at about 5-10 ppm until the water clears. Not a one time dose but constant doses and some rather significant vacuuming and brushing. It will probably take a few days to do that.
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    Re: Totally Clueless about Pool Care

    Thankyou, im going to test my pool again now. Last time the chlorine was a 0 I added chlorine and it remained at 0 and then became green.

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    Re: Totally Clueless about Pool Care

    I would like to add one more thing about the test kit. My father would always tell me "the right tool for the job". One of the test kits we recommend is the right tool for maintaing your pool.


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    Re: Totally Clueless about Pool Care

    Okay so I just checked it again Chlorine is 0, pH is 6.8 (looks like its dropping) and Alkalinity is 80.

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    Re: Totally Clueless about Pool Care

    Chlorine is a consumable additive. Sunlight and organics in your pool are the two things that consume it. As long as you have organics in your pool, you are going to consume a lot of chlorine.

    Read "The ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry" up in Pool School
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    Re: Totally Clueless about Pool Care

    Ive added chlorine , ran the filter and the cover has been on it since then. What do you suggest I do now?

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    Re: Totally Clueless about Pool Care

    Is your water still green? How much sun does your pool get?

    If you have no CYA (cyanuric acid aka stabilizer) in your water or a very low level it will be difficult to keep any chlorine in your pool and you will constantly be chasing your levels to keep up. As a new pool owner I went through this last year before I found this website, bought a test kit, and really figured out what was going on with my water. This season I have gone totally BBB method, no other "pool store" chemicals in my water with the exception of an initial dose of stabilizer to get me up to a level of 30.

    BTW TF Test Kits ship very fast and I think they are located near you, so if you order your test kit you should have it in a couple of days. Then you can use the Pool Calculator also linked on this website to determine exactly what amount of chemicals to add. Basically, it's 20 Mule Team Borax to get pH up to the appropriate level (your 6.8 is low), and then bleach every day to maintain chlorine level and keep the water clear.

    I know it sounds difficult now, but it's really not. If you survived high school chemistry, you can maintain your pool easily. Read, read, read Pool School and understand the basic water chemistry and you will be well on your way to clear water.
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    Re: Totally Clueless about Pool Care

    I have a bottle of hth stabilizer and conditioner which is cyanuric acid. I just added more chlorine. But I think my problem is that ive never used the stabilizer. Anything else I should know?

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    Re: Totally Clueless about Pool Care

    Right, the CYA is a key player. How much did you add and what level are you shooting for?


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    Re: Totally Clueless about Pool Care

    As of now I havent added any about an hr ago I added 4oz of chlorine after I added 4oz yesterday

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    Re: Totally Clueless about Pool Care

    Are you adding the chlorinating granules that you got with the hth starter kit? Check the active ingredient on it. It looks like it might be Calcium Hypochlorite, and not dichlor or trichlor. If this is the case and those granules have been your only chlorine source, you likely have no CYA in your water. You should add the stabilizer to get your CYA from 0 up to about 30ppm. Use poolcalculator.com and put in the volume of pool water you have to see how much of that stabilizer to add to get from 0 (now) to 30 ppm (target).

    (Note: if the active ingredient it not Calcium Hypochlorite, those granules likely added some CYA already, and you won't know your current starting point.)

    As others have said, get a test kit. You need visibility to free chlorine and CYA. There are 2 recommended here: TF-100 or Taylor K-2006.
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