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    I've been a bad pool owner

    NOTE: IF YOU ARE A NEW POOL OWNER, DON'T DO ANYTHING I DID. YOU WON'T BE AS LUCKY AS I WAS.

    Ok, over 800 posts here, but I am still a bad pool owner. The weather lately hasn't gotten above about 80, so I hadn't been taking care of the pool, like I should. According to my records, my last test was on 8/14. I know I tested chlorine a few times after that, but not like I should. Not only was I not testing like I should, but I also wasn't running the filter every day. But I'm not posting this looking for help, I am posting to brag about BBB. Even with my lack of testing, and lack of filtering, my pool is still crystal clear. I ran a full set of tests today, and I am in such good shape, I can't believe it. While I was testing, I was targeting a FC of 8, based on CYA of 50. Today, my FC was only down to 4.5, so above the minimum. PH was 7.6, so in range. CYA was down to around 30, down from 50. So with all of this neglect, I only had to add 56 oz 6% bleach and 16 oz Borax. I know the solar cover played a big part in saving my bacon with this pool. I just have to thank all of you, because without everyone here, my pool probably would have turned into a swamp long ago. Again, don't do anything I did. You won't be able to maintain your pool the way I did.
    John
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    I've been a bad pool owner

    Good post John !!

    I'm sure that solar cover and the cooler water temp saved ya. Some more time without checking things, it probably would have started heading south.
    Jeff
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    Re: I've been a bad pool owner

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    Re: I've been a bad pool owner

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    Re: I've been a bad pool owner

    My PB hasn't even starting digging yet (hopefully next week), so I'm still very green on water chemistry, but I didn't think CYA would ever go down unless you drained the pool. So, how did the CYA drop from 50 to 30?
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    Re: I've been a bad pool owner

    My CYA dropped mostly from the rain we've gotten lately. It's been enough to overflow the pool a bit a few times.
    John
    7 year old ~13,500 gal 24' AGP with 1.5 hp Proline pump, 150 sqft Pleatco cartridge, filled with well water with pH of about 4.5.
    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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