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    yet another new pool user... i tried.. came close, but failed...

    So,

    like many others on this forum, bought a new house.. and it came with a pool.

    I have owned a spa for the last 4 years, and that, I have mastered extremely well and i learned the hard way that most pool stores are just out to get your money but suckering you with chemicals you don't need.

    When I found this site, it was a savior for the pool... I read every article I could find, and I have been trying to turn my pool from a grimey, slimey green pool that smelled like a family of cats died in it to a proper states.

    The pool spent the winter season without a cover, and the snow/ice finished melting about 3 ~ 4 weeks ago (very late spring for us this year). Looking at my backyard, you would tell me that I am in the middle of a huge forest, but I am in a city. I have been fighting with the net & vacuum for the last 2 weeks plus, and it feels like i'm winning, but its taking forever.

    Add to that, that there are still new houses getting build on my street so its throwing a lot of dust/sand in the air (and inevitably in the pool)


    now, the pool is no longer green, and it no longer smells like death, however i cannot see th bottom. The water has a white/greyish cloudyness to it, and that's what I cannot get rid of.

    I've been Slamming the poool (at least I think I have) and once... just once I caught a glimmer of the bottom, and was able to vacuum some of the garbage that was stuck down there; but after 10 minutes, the water was all murky again.

    1) The size of your pool in gallons: 11000 gallons (
    2) The type filter you have (sand, DE, cartridge) - I have a sand filter
    3) If your pool is an AG (above ground) or IG (in ground) Above ground, 24 feet diameter, 48 inches hight
    5) If you know, tell us the size pump and the size (flow rate) of your filter. (i'll go get that in a bit and Edit)

    FC - Free Chlorine 9ppm
    CC or TC - Combined Chlorine or Total Chlorine - No idea... stupid pool place does not test that ( i will be buying the proper test kit )
    pH - 7.3 (has been stable - been testing with strips, always in the 'sweet spot'
    TA - Total Alkalinity 140ppm
    CH - Calcium Hardness 230 ppm
    CYA - Cyanuric Acid (stabilizer/conditioner) 20ppm


    Any tips?

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    Re: yet another new pool user... i tried.. came close, but failed...

    Hi, welcome to TFP! You may need to deep clean the sand filter since you don't know how well the filter was maintained before you bought the house. Otherwise keep the FC at 10 as long as possible with frequent additions of bleach and backwash the filter when you get a 20% rise over clean pressure. Keep the filter running 24/7 until the pool is clear. It can take a while to clear a dirty pool. Brush the pool daily to stir up the dead algae so the filter may catch it. You may want to try adding a little DE to the filter so it will catch finer debris. It will backwash out with the dirt so it must be reapplied to continue using it.
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    Re: yet another new pool user... i tried.. came close, but failed...

    You really need the test kit (TF100 XL)! You won't know if you're at SLAM level or not without it.

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    Re: yet another new pool user... i tried.. came close, but failed...

    Welcome!

    Two things: 1)This place has the monopoly on Taylor test kits in Canuckistan, so here's where you're stiuck buying the right one. Unless you ever crosss the border. 2) You might be a candidate to add DE to your sand filter. Only do it when you're going to be around to watch the pressure because I suspect it will load up awfully fast.
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    Re: yet another new pool user... i tried.. came close, but failed...

    you folks are awesome... but ouch for the price for us canucks... sucks... but will probably bite the bullet and purchase it....

    i'm extremely thankful for folks like you!

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    Re: yet another new pool user... i tried.. came close, but failed...

    Quote Originally Posted by kilou View Post
    you folks are awesome... but ouch for the price for us canucks... sucks... but will probably bite the bullet and purchase it....

    i'm extremely thankful for folks like you!
    Hey, monopolies are great.... if you own it.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: yet another new pool user... i tried.. came close, but failed...

    Even though it seems expensive, and it is for that, but it will still be the single best investment you make in your pool aside from gaining understanding.

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