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    BBB Newbie with a question

    Hi, I recently became a BBB convert and have started to use Arm and Hammer baking soda ( Costo 13lb bag for $6.59 ) I still have my New Water Cycler paks ( Trichlor ) that I want to use up as they were very expensive ( $47) per pak. My question is: after my Cycler paks are done , probably next week, I will then switch to Clorox. I assume that all I have to do is test the water and start using the bleach. Am I correct? Is there anything else I should know? I am so glad that I found this site. I purchased a Taylor test kit, so no more pool store for me
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    Re: BBB Newbie with a question

    You are correct. Start by testing the water. Since you're using trichlor you may have to drain some water to get the CYA down, but maybe you'll be one of the lucky ones that has enough backwash and splashout that it's not an issue.
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    Re: BBB Newbie with a question

    Trichlor will drive you pH down, and your CYA up. Do you know what your CYA (stabilizer) level is?

    You may need to switch to bleach before using up your trichlor.
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    Re: BBB Newbie with a question

    You are almost right....you should test your water for pH and CYA BEFORE you use the trichlor as it will increase CYA and lower pH. If they are in the correct ranges (read "The ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry" up in Pool School) then you are good to go.
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    Re: BBB Newbie with a question

    Quote Originally Posted by Thesil
    Hi, I recently became a BBB convert and have started to use Arm and Hammer baking soda
    For what are you adding the baking soda for? I'm just curious if you are having a problem with your TA and/or pH.
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    Re: BBB Newbie with a question

    I am using the baking soda because my alkalinity level was low Did I pass the test?
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    Re: BBB Newbie with a question

    Did I pass the test?
    Flying Colors!! There's a big smiley face going into your file!

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    Re: BBB Newbie with a question

    Haha, yes. When I first started caring for my pool I was under the impression that you added baking soda to try to help clean, since that is what the bag seemed to suggest. I was hoping you didn't fall for the same thing I did. My TA was high for a couple years afterwards!

    PS: Hope the question didn't come off wrong, it was my way of welcoming you to the TFP fraternity
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    Re: BBB Newbie with a question

    LOL , no not at all. I do appreciate the great feedback and help here. I can't wait for my trichlor to run out and start the bleach method. The cost of pool chemicals at the store was getting prohibitive
    I wish I new about this forum 6 years ago
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    Re: BBB Newbie with a question

    I would suggest making the switch now. If you keep trichlor dry it will last forever, and it might come in handy in the future for vacations/extended periods away from home.
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