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    First Reading and Shocking Process

    So here is my first reading I was finally able to take, my PH is high so 8.4 was my best guess but could possible be higher. I am going to use muriatic acid as soon as I get done writing this. other then that can I start shocking after adjusting PH?

    FC - 0
    CC - 0
    TC - 0
    pH - 8.4
    T/A - 70
    CH - 160
    CYA - 40
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    Re: First Reading and Shocking Process

    No...............You may start SLAMming after adjusting PH!
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    Re: First Reading and Shocking Process

    Alright I am SLAMing it ! about how often should I check chlorin level and adjust?
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    Re: First Reading and Shocking Process

    Quote Originally Posted by RafaelS View Post
    Alright I am SLAMing it ! about how often should I check chlorin level and adjust?
    Just like the how-to says:

    Test and adjust chlorine levels as frequently as practical, but not more than once per hour, and not less than twice a day. Chlorine additions should be frequent, especially at the beginning. Algae and other organic debris will consume chlorine very rapidly at first. As things progress, you will lose less chlorine each cycle and can add chlorine less frequently.

    I'd check it after an hour and see how much was lost. It all depends on your schedule and how much you're losing each time. It's hardly worth the effort to check hourly if you only need to add a cup of bleach to replenish it. But if you lost almost all of it, you need to keep on it.
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    Re: First Reading and Shocking Process

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Just like the how-to says:

    Test and adjust chlorine levels as frequently as practical, but not more than once per hour, and not less than twice a day. Chlorine additions should be frequent, especially at the beginning. Algae and other organic debris will consume chlorine very rapidly at first. As things progress, you will lose less chlorine each cycle and can add chlorine less frequently.

    I'd check it after an hour and see how much was lost. It all depends on your schedule and how much you're losing each time. It's hardly worth the effort to check hourly if you only need to add a cup of bleach to replenish it. But if you lost almost all of it, you need to keep on it.
    Hey Richard, my neighbor's look alike remember me?. Yes I remembered I checked after like 2 hours last year and it was back to 0 from 24 which shocked me, I will check again now.
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    Re: First Reading and Shocking Process

    Hmm So it just tested at 29, I was going for 24 and couple hours later its at 29? Can my drops be bad? or was my bleach so much stronger? or is it testing wrong because of something else?
    my FC was 0 and I wanted to go to 24 ounce in case of mustarg algea, so I added 8 and 1/2 jugs of 8.25 bleach to my 29,000 pool, about 1050 oz if I recall correctly. Did I miscalculate something?

    edit. I do not think the powder is bad because I got new agent last season. I am really confused why it is so high.
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    Re: First Reading and Shocking Process

    Read again and now 28, hardly dropping at all, am I doing something wrong here? how can I have lost so little FC during the day since last reading? its been about 3 hours since 5:30PM when I took my last reading.
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    Re: First Reading and Shocking Process

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Just like the how-to says:

    Test and adjust chlorine levels as frequently as practical, but not more than once per hour, and not less than twice a day. Chlorine additions should be frequent, especially at the beginning. Algae and other organic debris will consume chlorine very rapidly at first. As things progress, you will lose less chlorine each cycle and can add chlorine less frequently.

    I'd check it after an hour and see how much was lost. It all depends on your schedule and how much you're losing each time. It's hardly worth the effort to check hourly if you only need to add a cup of bleach to replenish it. But if you lost almost all of it, you need to keep on it.
    nm this, got myself confused. FC still dropping very slowly, just tested and got 24 after all night and this morning.
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    Re: First Reading and Shocking Process

    "Now" CYA changes the shock value. Is that the one you're changing?
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    Re: First Reading and Shocking Process

    Quote Originally Posted by Smykowski View Post
    "Now" CYA changes the shock value. Is that the one you're changing?
    disregard that question.... im still confused how my FC jumped so high though.
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    Re: First Reading and Shocking Process

    Your pool may not be as big as you think or the chlorine is stronger than advertised.

    As far as test results, if you put too little powder in last night, it may have turned clear too soon. Today you had enough, so it read right. Or you were in a hurry and squeezed the bottle too hard.

    Just make sure that after the powder dissolves and the water is bright pink, you have one or two undissolved crystals left. That ensures you have enough powder.
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    Re: First Reading and Shocking Process

    Too soon? I read 29 FC when I was shooting for 24 so it turned clear late if anything the next reading was 28 and 23 this morning. I remember last year I lost all FC within an hour or two. The powder turns nice pink each time. I was thinking the drops might be bad cuz they are 3 years old..... but maybe not.

    The pool is 29,000 K which was established with your help guys a couple of seasons ago. get perfect readings each time for everything until now using the 29,000K size.
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    Re: First Reading and Shocking Process

    Well then, I don't know.
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