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    Hello. I'm new.

    Good afternoon. I'm new to the forum. I've been reading a lot and look forward to getting my pool in check and chemical costs down. I have an old concrete/fiberglass hybrid pool in need of rehab. The bottom is not too bad but the sides are horrible. The paint seems to be blistering away. My water generally looks nice and clear but I fight with what I assume is algae on the walls. I did think it was just a result of the rough paint but now I wonder if I just don't keep my FC high enough due to high CYA. I ordered the TF-100 XL today and can't wait test my water. I stopped using stabilized chlorine 2 or 3 weeks ago. I've just been using bleach. This was my grandmother's pool. She died last year and I purchased the house. We've always just used acid and baking soda to change ph. Since reading the forum I figured out why I had to use such large quantities of baking soda to raise my ph. Should have been using borax. I have some now. My TA is probably waaay high. We'll see next week when my kit comes. Not looking for any advice at the moment. Just saying hello while I wait for my kit. There are some great brains on this site that I look forward to picking in the future.
    45ish year old, 16x32, 19,000, IG, Concrete/Fiberglass Hybrid in need of restoration
    Sand filter with 3/4 hp AO Smith pump. 1 skimmer, 1 main drain, 1 return

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    Re: Hello. I'm new.

    Welcome to tfp, n8henry

    Quote Originally Posted by n8henry
    I ordered the TF-100 XL today and can't wait test my water. I stopped using stabilized chlorine 2 or 3 weeks ago. I've just been using bleach.


    Sounds like you have a good handle on it. Let us know when you have test results.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: Hello. I'm new.

    Welcome to TFP! Good choice on the TF-100 XL!
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    A good test kit is an investment, not an expense.

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    Re: Hello. I'm new.

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    You got the best of the best in test kits. Post some results so we can check them out.


    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: Hello. I'm new.

    Welcome to TFP!

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    Re: Hello. I'm new.

    Welcome, from a fellow Michigander! You will absolutely love your kit. I see less trips to the pool store and more money in your pocket in the very near future.
    17,500 gal. ABG Doughboy Pool
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    Re: Hello. I'm new.

    My test kit was delivered to my office this morning. I can't wait to get home and use it. I'll post some numbers later. I'm going to predict:

    FC-high
    CC-low to 0
    TA-High
    PH-7.5
    CH-Low
    CYA-50
    45ish year old, 16x32, 19,000, IG, Concrete/Fiberglass Hybrid in need of restoration
    Sand filter with 3/4 hp AO Smith pump. 1 skimmer, 1 main drain, 1 return

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