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    Post SLAM - 2 days before vacation!

    I successfully Slammed the pool (passed all 3 tests) and have allowed the pool to stabilize on the SWG for 3 days. Tested the water today:

    FC 5
    CC 0.5
    pH 6.8
    TA 20
    CYA 30
    CH 200

    Here's my timeline. Its now Wednesday afternoon. I leave Saturday morning for 2 weeks - no one will be swimming in the pool during this time. I need to know what order to adjust the parameters in my remaining 2 days. I am figuring since no one will be swimming for 2 weeks I can allow the SWG to raise the pH gradually and not adjust it now. Same goes for the CYA.

    Any recommendations?
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    Re: Post SLAM - 2 days before vacation!

    You still need to get that Ph to 7.2 first! Then add baking soda to get your TA in range. Then take your cya to 70-80. You can do all three of those 30 minutes apart.
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    Re: Post SLAM - 2 days before vacation!

    But couldn't I wait to allow the pH to rise over the course of the next 2 weeks? Why spend the time/effort/money raising the pH when the SWG will do that during my absence?
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    Re: Post SLAM - 2 days before vacation!

    Woody was taking that into account when he said 7.2. That is the safe minimum, and gives you the most headroom for it to rise. pH under 7 is considered emergency low.

    Aim low on the TA, since high TA will have you battling rising pH.


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    Re: Post SLAM - 2 days before vacation!

    Why spend the time/effort/money raising the pH when the SWG will do that during my absence?
    It probably will but I don't think there is a guarantee. Woodyp is (I think) suggesting that for about $8.00, you can get it to 7.2 with 20 Mule Team Borax and drive away not worrying about it.

    Depending, your pH could actually be a bit lower than 6.8 since that is the lowest most pH tests go. The chances are it will come up just fine but I would be a chicken if it was my pool and get some borax.
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    Post SLAM - 2 days before vacation!

    Quote Originally Posted by roman009 View Post
    Same goes for the CYA.
    Not sure what you mean by this, but you definitely want to bring your CYA up if the pool exposed to sun.


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    Re: Post SLAM - 2 days before vacation!

    Ah...understood. I'll make the adjustment to pH now with soda ash as i definitely want the CYA into the pool over the next 2 weeks.
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    Re: Post SLAM - 2 days before vacation!

    CYA and soda ash are unrelated.
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    Re: Post SLAM - 2 days before vacation!

    I'm afraid I wasn't being clear.

    I meant I wanted to put the CYA into the pool before leaving for the 2 weeks as it takes some time to register, yes? Might as well use that down time for the CYA to incorporate.

    The soda ash comment I made was in reference to raising the pH. Or I suppose I could use Borax, although I have never used Borax before.

    So my plan is to get the pH up tonight (with soda ash/borax). Tomorrow (and when pH= 7.2), I'll use the baking soda to get the TA to about 70. Then I'll put in the stabilizer before leaving for the 2 weeks and allow the CYA to come up to a target of 70-80.

    Make sense?
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    Re: Post SLAM - 2 days before vacation!

    Pay attention. I told you that you could do all 3 of those within the space of an hour. There is NO point of waiting to do anything.
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    Re: Post SLAM - 2 days before vacation!

    Pay attention? Really?
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    Re: Post SLAM - 2 days before vacation!

    Just trying to save you wear and tear on your equipment and pool surface. There was absolutely no point in letting your PH remain at 6.8.-so add borax. Your cya being that low causes unnecessary wear and tear on your SWG-which will have a tough time keeping FC without adding it. No reason for you to wait till Saturday to do that. Baking soda for the TA to help you keep that PH in check while you're gone as well. I pointed out there was no reason to space those 3 items out over a 3 day period when it can be done in the space of an hour, and at least get started on the cya. You're probably going to have to add that 2 or 3 times for the amount you'll need to raise 28k gallons to where you need it which is 70 to 80. And with that much cya, you'll probably need to bump that ph a bit more. You don't need to wait until the last minute if you're leaving. And yet you still seem to want to.
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