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    Just opened in Pittsburgh PA

    Summer is here!!!
    Just opened for the 2014 season and my second TFPC season.

    FC 1
    ALK 50
    PH 7.2
    CYA 40

    Water temp is 71 and the water is as clear as when I closed it in October. Going to add some solar panels and a control system. Going to be a good season!! Thanks again to TFP.
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    Just opened in Pittsburgh PA

    Congrats to opening to clear water !!
    I would get my FC level up. I'd shoot for a FC level of 7 and don't let it fall below 3. Everything else looks pretty good. If your PH seems to jump around you can bump your TA up a bit to 70. 😎
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    Re: Just opened in Pittsburgh PA

    +1 what pwrstrk said....especially the congrats on your understanding of TFPC
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    Re: Just opened in Pittsburgh PA

    Congrats neighbor!!!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: Just opened in Pittsburgh PA

    Do you have a heater? I am 2 hours away in north central PA and my water is still in the low 60's!
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    Re: Just opened in Pittsburgh PA

    Congrats! (neighbor). I just opened today myself. water is still cold but that won't take long. My water was in pretty good shape after winter too.

    The kids can't wait!
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    Re: Just opened in Pittsburgh PA

    I do not have a heater as of yet. Looking into a solar system. I think all of us in PA are looking at some colder water temps then usual!

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    oh just one more thing for all the Pittsburghers. I think it was posted in the bleach prices but local Ace Hardwares have 10% for $2.50 a gallon.... went and got 20 gallons.
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    Re: Just opened in Pittsburgh PA

    Just opened up today a little south east of Pittsburgh. FC was 0, PH 7.0 +/-, CYA I am guessing 20 or so as the tube filled up before the dot vanished. I added 35 oz of stabilizer (in a sock) to hopefully get CYA to about 40 but won't know until later this week for sure. I added 112 oz of borax to raise PH, but I think it went a little too far. Looks like about 8.0 now, but I will adjust with Muratic Acid after my FC drops back to normal at the end of my shock process. I added bleach to take me to 16 ppm and only lost .5 through the late afternoon and evening today. I am going to add enough bleach to take it back to 16 for the overnight. My CC was .5 or less on the last test.
    My water was a bit cloudy when I opened but there was no visible signs of algae growth. My hope is a day or two of maintaining Shock Level should clear things up.
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    Re: Just opened in Pittsburgh PA

    Picked up 13 gal at ACE hardware today, thanks for the heads up
    Moved so no longer pool owner, keeper of pool of family member

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    Re: Just opened in Pittsburgh PA

    Quote Originally Posted by Charman03 View Post
    Picked up 13 gal at ACE hardware today, thanks for the heads up
    No problem at all... It seems they do this sale every memorial day weekend
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    Re: Just opened in Pittsburgh PA

    Is ACE still having that sale?
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: Just opened in Pittsburgh PA

    i dont think so, but not sure, can check out their website.
    Moved so no longer pool owner, keeper of pool of family member

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    Re: Just opened in Pittsburgh PA

    Quote Originally Posted by Casey View Post
    Is ACE still having that sale?
    My ad says it ended on Monday may 26th
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    Re: Just opened in Pittsburgh PA

    So we decided to go with a gas heater instead of the solar. Our season is not that long here in PA and we don't have a lot of sunny days so to us it was just the better choice. Went with the Hayward H250FD. Having a relative who is a plumber help with install tomorrow.

    Here are my latest test results. Does anything change with the chemicals now that a heater is added to the system?

    FC 4
    ALK 50
    PH 7.2
    CYA 40
    CH 80

    I will bring FC up to 7, and ALK up to 70.

    We cannot wait to swim in 85 degree water in june, Usually it takes until mid july. to break 82!!!!
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    Re: Just opened in Pittsburgh PA

    My water is at 75 and although it steals my breath it's nice once I'm in!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: Just opened in Pittsburgh PA

    Quote Originally Posted by Casey View Post
    My water is at 75 and although it steals my breath it's nice once I'm in!
    I totally agree... Kids were in at 70 when opened, but Wife and 1 year old son... they don't agree. So as they saying goes "happy wife happy life"
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