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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    You're at the upper limit of what's actually manageable for CH. It will require maintaining low TA and low pH to prevent scale formation. I keep TA 50-60 and pH below 7.5, always targeting 7.2 when I add acid. I'm just waiting for some rain so I can soften up my pool water.
    Richard,
    My pool was just finished 2 weeks ago, so I am learning how things work. I live in Tucson, so I am expecting a lot of evaporation, plus our water is pretty hard. I was wondering how the TA and pH you recommend helps with keeping the water soft, and I assume the scaling down.
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    Re: Draining my pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by Theep View Post
    Richard,
    My pool was just finished 2 weeks ago, so I am learning how things work. I live in Tucson, so I am expecting a lot of evaporation, plus our water is pretty hard. I was wondering how the TA and pH you recommend helps with keeping the water soft, and I assume the scaling down.
    Use poolmath. Plug all your numbers in. At the bottom, it gives CSI. CSI above .6 will probably lead to scale formation. Below -.6 will likely etch the plaster. As long as you're between those extremes, don't sweat it. But if you play around with the Target a little, see what raising the temperature does, and pH, TA, and CH. You'll see how they can push it towards scaling. You can't really control CH except by draining and refilling, you have no control over temperature, but you have a limited range of pH for comfort, and some control over TA. So if you approach .6, see what you can adjust to keep it down. In my case, I keep pH at the low end of the safe zone and TA is around 60-70. That balances out the astronomical CH readings.
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