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    Collecting items for SLAM. quick questions.

    Test kit, on the way.

    I'll get my bleach tomorrow.

    I picked up some laundry booster to have on hand when needed down the road. I may need a little to bump PH up a little bit.

    Picked up some baking soda for Alk up.

    Question is as follows:

    SLAM recommends setting PH to somewhere between 7.2 and 7.5. Right now I'm at 7.2 so thats no problem.

    What about Alkalinity? Where do I need to be prior to starting SLAM? Right now I'm at 50.
    I don't see Alk recommendations on the SLAM instruction page.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Collecting items for SLAM. quick questions.

    TA almost never needs adjusting before a SLAM. It just needs to not be way way low. You are fine where you are now. You can fix TA when you are done SLAMing.
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    Re: Collecting items for SLAM. quick questions.

    TA doesn't matter for the SLAM. Just bring it up to recommended range. What do you usually use to chlorinate? SWG users like their TA a little lower.
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    Re: Collecting items for SLAM. quick questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion View Post
    TA almost never needs adjusting before a SLAM. It just needs to not be way way low. You are fine where you are now. You can fix TA when you are done SLAMing.
    OK that explains why its not mentioned in SLAM instruction. I wont bother with it yet. Thanks!

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    Re: Collecting items for SLAM. quick questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by svenpup View Post
    TA doesn't matter for the SLAM. Just bring it up to recommended range. What do you usually use to chlorinate? SWG users like their TA a little lower.
    I used to use pucks (Trichlor) and dry chlorine (Cal Hypo). Not anymore. I will be using either 8.25 or 12.5 bleach.

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    So after SLAM is done, do I need to go ahead and bring it back up to the 80-100 range with baking soda?...or is it more like 70-90 range?

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    Re: Collecting items for SLAM. quick questions.

    Target TA range depends on what you are using for chlorine. Trichlor wants 100 to 120, bleach 70 to 90, SWG 60 to 80.
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    Re: Collecting items for SLAM. quick questions.

    Quote Originally Posted by JasonLion View Post
    Target TA range depends on what you are using for chlorine. Trichlor wants 100 to 120, bleach 70 to 90, SWG 60 to 80.

    Got it...70-90 range.

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    Re: Collecting items for SLAM. quick questions.

    Borax question...
    to make sure I got the right stuff..
    I got 20 mile team Borax Detergent booster & multi purpose Household Cleaner
    Sodium Tetrborate.

    Is that correct?

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    Re: Collecting items for SLAM. quick questions.

    It would be easier to answer your questions if you would please put the following information in your signature.

    The size of your pool in gallons
    If your pool is an AG (above ground) or IG (in ground)
    If it's IG, tell us if it's vinyl, plaster/pebble, or fiberglass
    The type of filter you have (sand, DE, cartridge) and, if you know, the size, model number or flow rate of the filter.
    If you know, please tell us the size pump in HP. Also mention if is it a two speed or variable speed pump.
    Date of pool build/install, particularly important if less then a year old.
    Other significant accessories or options, such as a spa , SWG, or cleaner


    You'll need the 20 Mule Team Borax and muriatic acid. http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...ol-Why-and-How
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    Re: Collecting items for SLAM. quick questions.

    OK, I'll add that info in my Sig... Looks like I got the correct Boraxo product. I forgot to mention, I have a gallon and a half of Muratic Acid if and when I need it. So, I'll have my 12.5 bleach today and then all I gotta do is wait for my test kit.


    IG Lazy L configuration over 20 years old.
    25K gallons.
    Vinyl liner 10 years old
    Sand filter
    Marathon 1.5hp pump

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    Re: Collecting items for SLAM. quick questions.

    If you have a 25K gal pool you're going to need about 20 boxes and 6 gal of acid.
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