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    Brand New

    I have been winging it for years when it it came to taking care of my pool. I just recently ran across this site and decided to join. I want to take control of my pool. Thanks for any advice you can give me. I will continue to read up on the BBB method and looking forward to learning how to balance my water without going to the pool store. I have used 3" pucks and chlorine for the whole time I've had my pool.
    Here are my current readings. Thanks again.

    FC 3
    CC 0.5
    PH 7.5
    TA 80
    CH 240
    CYA 80
    water clear
    17K gal.,IG diamond brite pool,13yrs. old, 1hp Magnum Force pump,Triton II fiberglass sand filter,Polaris 360 pool cleaner,full sun,
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    Re: Brand New

    Welcome to TFP.

    Where did those results come from? If they're from the pool store, I wouldn't trust the reading and especially the CYA reading.
    Keep reading and you'll get a good understanding of what the numbers should be and that you need a good test kit in order to trust them.
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    Re: Brand New

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    If you have not found it already, check of Pool School (button at the upper right of the page).

    One of the first steps to taking control is getting yourself one of the Recommended Test Kits. And then trusting yourself and not the pool store.

    Given the high use of pucks, it will not be surprising that you CYA is too high and that you should replace a good portion of your water to get it within range and then to switch the using liquid chlorine nearly exclusively.
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    Re: Brand New

    If you have only used pucks for your chlorine, I would not trust the CYA values from a pool store. They don't see high CYA as an issue and their tests are frequently very inaccurate. I have heard many pool stores simply report any CYA over 100, ie 300, as 100. It looks to me like you are only a few pucks from 100CYA, assuming they are correct. The CYA test requires sunlight to be accurate.

    When you pool gets to 100CYA, IMHO, you cannot manage your chlorine, even with large amounts of liquid chlorine.
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    Re: Brand New

    Welcome to TFP!
    A good place to start is with the ABC's of Pool Chems. Check the link in my sig below. Ask questions, and dont be shy. Enjoy the forums.
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    Re: Brand New

    Thanks for the feedback. I'll keep reading and learning.
    17K gal.,IG diamond brite pool,13yrs. old, 1hp Magnum Force pump,Triton II fiberglass sand filter,Polaris 360 pool cleaner,full sun,
    Test Kit- Taylor K-2006

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    Re: Brand New

    Quote Originally Posted by Donjax
    Thanks for the feedback. I'll keep reading and learning.
    You are quite welcome and good on you. It's really the best thing you can do long term for taking care of your pool. Let us know when we can help.
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