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    New pool owner help please

    First pool, installed 6/14/14, AB, 13K gallons, 24' x 52", sand filter

    Just received the TF100 test kit yesterday. Been adding one gallon of liquid chlorine daily, water is crystal clear so far.
    Test results are as follows:

    chlorine .5
    pH 7.5
    FC 1.5
    CC .5
    TC 2
    CH 225
    TA 100
    CYA 0

    Please tell me what the numbers mean and what I should do now.
    AG 24' x 52" 13,500 gallons
    Hayward sand filter and pump
    TF-100 test kit
    pool installed 6/14/14
    newbie pool owner

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    Re: New pool owner help please

    Hi.
    Welcome to TFP!
    COngrats on getting yourself a test kit and posting your real numbers! Expecially on your first post!

    FC is what keep your pool sanitized. The level of it depends on what your CYA is. CYA is also known as stabilizer.
    Ph is well... Ph... all things have a Ph level. Hi Ph above 8, is considered alkaline and Low PH, in the 6's is considered acidic. 7 is neutral
    CC is combined chlorine - its a measure of chlorine that has been killed off battling organics
    TC is Total Chlorine. FC + CC = TC. This really is not an indicator of how well your pool is maintained or what you might need to do to it.
    CH is Calcium Hardness - it a measure of how much calcium is in the water
    TA is Total Alkalinity - its a measure of how capable your water is in buffering PH. Buffering PH means controlling from bouncing around.

    On the Home Page of TFP about mid way down the pager are several links. YOu really, really really, need to read Pool School. The big Pool School button at the top of the page will take you there.

    Your test numbers are ok except for CYA. You really need to get some CYA in the water. ASAP. CYA protects the Chlorine from being burned off by the suns UV Rays.
    CYA can be had a walmart, pool stores, Lowes, HD, Costco, Sams and anyplace else that has a swimming pool section.
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/conte...mmended-levels

    Use the pool calculator to calculate how much stabilizer you need to add.
    http://www.troublefreepool.com/calc.html
    Divin Dave,
    IG Vinyl, 15' x 30', 3 1/2' - 6' deep, Oval, ~15K gal, Intelliclor IC40, Intelliflo VS pump, Clean and Clear 420 Filter, auto-fill-disabled, Retrofit LED Color Light, Dolphin Nautilus Robot, TF100 Test Kit, Taylor K1766 Salt Test Kit, Tftestkit Pressure Gauge.
    www.tftestkits.net Experience- it's what's learned just after you needed it most !!

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    Re: New pool owner help please

    Thanks for the response, Divin Dave.

    I've spent several days reading, reading, reading everything on this site! But its still real confusing for a new pool owner. I've attempted to enter my numbers into Pool Math, just not sure of the outcome.

    I bought some granular CYA (3 lbs) and dumped about half of it into a nylon stocking and put it in the skimmer. I'll let it dissolve then test the level again.
    AG 24' x 52" 13,500 gallons
    Hayward sand filter and pump
    TF-100 test kit
    pool installed 6/14/14
    newbie pool owner

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    Re: New pool owner help please

    The can be very confusing for a new member........we are slowly working on that....it'll get better.

    So, your place to start is "The ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry" up in Pool School. That'll tell you what the parameters mean and why they are important.....in other words, why you test for them.

    Tell me why you added three lbs of CYA? Not a "trick" question, but to help you get started learning.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Re: New pool owner help please

    Hello Tin,
    sorry so late getting back. Are you still here?

    Like Durleigh says, there is a lot to digest. Let me know how you're coming along.

    Quote Originally Posted by tinainky View Post
    Thanks for the response, Divin Dave.

    I've spent several days reading, reading, reading everything on this site! But its still real confusing for a new pool owner. I've attempted to enter my numbers into Pool Math, just not sure of the outcome.

    I bought some granular CYA (3 lbs) and dumped about half of it into a nylon stocking and put it in the skimmer. I'll let it dissolve then test the level again.
    Divin Dave,
    IG Vinyl, 15' x 30', 3 1/2' - 6' deep, Oval, ~15K gal, Intelliclor IC40, Intelliflo VS pump, Clean and Clear 420 Filter, auto-fill-disabled, Retrofit LED Color Light, Dolphin Nautilus Robot, TF100 Test Kit, Taylor K1766 Salt Test Kit, Tftestkit Pressure Gauge.
    www.tftestkits.net Experience- it's what's learned just after you needed it most !!

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