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    First time with any trouble...should I drain or SLAM

    So my tiny pool has been perfecto this year since being on the BBB method after a horrible 1st year last season. I check daily or every other day depending on use and weather. It's been pretty crystal clear. Well we have been slammed with storms over the past 3 days. On Friday evening we went swimming and the ph was a little low but I added some borax and was fine. I tested Sunday through the heavy rain and levels just needed a tiny adjustment. I have been keeping the CL a little high due to all the rain. I just went out because the sun came up and I pulled the cover back to reveal cloudy water. It's not horrible but I don't want to swim in it. You can see the bottom with no problem etc. CL is basically 0 and PH is down to 6.8 Should I drain and if so ...all the way or half? Or should I get PH up and then SLAM it? Feeling a little frustrated because the next few days look like they will be pool weather and we might not be able to use it. This is why I'm thinking it will be easy to drain. Opinions???
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    Re: First time with any trouble...should I drain or SLAM

    If it were me with only 800 gal, I would drain and start over. I think that would be easier. You can SLAM it also. If ya catch it quick it will go faster. You'll have to decide.

    Just my 0.02.


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    Re: First time with any trouble...should I drain or SLAM

    Well depending on where you're at in Southern PA, a storm is on the way. Drain now and hope the rain fills it for ya.

    I too vote drain.

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    Re: First time with any trouble...should I drain or SLAM

    Drain is my vote for 800 gallons and an Intex pump.
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    Re: First time with any trouble...should I drain or SLAM

    Well we are about 1hr nw of DC but everything is cleared off till Saturday according to the weather. I think I will drain.

    two questions. 1st question is where can I buy cheap JUST a tester for CYA? I used all I had in my kit and I would rather not spend $25 for a bottle of it which is all I can find on amazon. I will have to use Dichlor to reboot my CYA levels to 30 again before I start using bleach.

    2nd question is do I need to drain it 100% or can I do 3/4 etc?
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    Re: First time with any trouble...should I drain or SLAM

    When I had a pool that small, I would sit on the air ring until the water was out and then I would re-fill it. I didn't worry about the little bit at the bottom. I also found using just bleach was easier than worrying about the CYA creeping up on me. It also meant I didn't have a floater in the pool for my little girl to play with.

    For your 6-way kit, you can order CYA refill from TFTestkits for $7.50

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    Re: First time with any trouble...should I drain or SLAM

    Or double the amount that techguy posted for $8

    They are also near you so you will get it very quickly.
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    Re: First time with any trouble...should I drain or SLAM

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle
    Or double the amount that techguy posted for $8

    They are also near you so you will get it very quickly.
    http://tftestkits.net/R-0013-CYA-Refill-8-0z-p52.html

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    Re: First time with any trouble...should I drain or SLAM

    Tftestkits doesn't sell 16 ounce refills, correct? Amato has a 16 ounce refill for under $7.
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    Re: First time with any trouble...should I drain or SLAM

    16oz seems like a rediculous amount
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    Re: First time with any trouble...should I drain or SLAM

    I think I figured that with the K-2006, which uses 7 mL each time, it would be enough for something like 70 tests. Now for something I haven't figured out before. If my pool is open for 3 months, and I test once a month, it will last 23 years. I never thought of it like that... Maybe that is a little excessive.
    John
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    Wanda the Whale pool vacuum, home made heater, Taylor K-2006
    Cloudy Pool? 1) Order test kit. 2) Follow SLAM
    New to TFPC? Read Pool School a few times, then post questions. PoolMath will help with chemical additions.

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