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    Cool Just got my TF-100 and have a plan of action. Double-check before I break something?

    Hi all... first time poster

    Little background
    So just recently bought a house w/ a pool and been semi-wingin' the pool maintenance... and it looks like **** - go figure.

    About a week ago in desperation I dumped about 3/4 and refilled fresh from the hose. Looked pretty good! Tested w/ the cheap little strips... Everything was great! ...for about a 2 days.. and the boom worse then before.

    After that I figured it was time to buckle down and learn how to do it the right way and wound up running across this site! Immediately ordered a TF-100 xl, auto-mixer dealio, borate tests... whole deal.


    Today
    So, it came in today and after the kids knocked out it was like christmas. Felt like a mad scientist w/ all this stuff lol.

    So I got some starting numbers and have devised a plan of attack but was hoping someone might double-check my noob-logic before I finally do the pool in for good.



    So here's the dirt - be kind
    FC: 0 (I know I know...)
    CYA: 25
    PH: 8.2 (Or higher??? was same color has highest one)
    TA: 100 (wow, this actually seems ok)



    Devised Plan of Attack
    1) Lower PH to 7.5
    2) Slam Slam Slam
    3) Raise CYA to 45
    4) Re-survey and devise next plan of action



    Breakdown of Plan
    Lower PH to 7.5
    -Start w/ 20oz of 31.45% Baume (or equivalent) acid and re-check

    Slam
    -Raise current FC to 11 via 1.7 121oz jugs of 8.25% bleach (I have a bunch of this)
    -Follow other steps of slam process

    Raise CYA to 45
    -via 32oz (weight) or 34oz (volume) stabilizer
    or 84oz liquid stabilizer




    So, look ok? Or am I about turn my pool into some toxic soup?

    Thanks for any insight!
    12,100 gal, plaster, chlorine, Pentair C&C Pump w/ Cartridge Filter

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    Re: Just got my TF-100 and have a plan of action. Double-check before I break somethi

    You may have won the award for most on the ball newbie. Looks 100% correct. Make sure you keep up on the slam as often as possible; especially for the first day or two. And like you said, don't raise you CYA until after the SLAM is complete. Kudos!
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    Re: Just got my TF-100 and have a plan of action. Double-check before I break somethi

    Welcome to TFP!

    It sounds like you've done your homework before posting - keep it up!

    Step 0 for your plan of attack is to get you FC above the minimum for your CYA. Everything else looks good.

    Post pictures! This site loves pictures!

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    Re: Just got my TF-100 and have a plan of action. Double-check before I break somethi

    wow, you don't need any help at all, signature filled out and everything
    how do we vote you as a moderator?
    i assume you've been reading pool school and found poolmath
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    Re: Just got my TF-100 and have a plan of action. Double-check before I break somethi

    WOW Just wow!!! You have done a great job of reading pool school. I have never seen a first timer hit it like you did!! That being said be sure you sweep and vacuum to clear out the dead stuff. backwash your filter when it gets 25% above your clean filter values. other than that you have got it.... Slam away........................ Oh BTW you should post pics. you will be so proud to look at the before and after pics!!!
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    Re: Just got my TF-100 and have a plan of action. Double-check before I break somethi

    Welcome to the forum TLB

    What a great job you have done thus far

    Did you also test CH?

    We are going to need pics
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    Re: Just got my TF-100 and have a plan of action. Double-check before I break somethi

    Well done
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    Re: Just got my TF-100 and have a plan of action. Double-check before I break somethi

    Wow. Best first post I've ever seen.
    Would love to see pics and follow this one to completion, unfortunately, I think OP will clear his pool in no time and be too busy enjoying his pool to post here.
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    Re: Just got my TF-100 and have a plan of action. Double-check before I break somethi

    You plan is right on. Brush, brush, brush.
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    Re: Just got my TF-100 and have a plan of action. Double-check before I break somethi

    Wow thanks for such a warm welcome and all the awesome replies and suggestions!

    Yeah I definitely read the pool school stuff - over and over till it finally started to sink in a little I was hoping it wasn’t just my lack of sleep causing a false sense of confidence

    I plan on starting the process in here in just a few (gotta run and grab some acid first) so will post back results as I can.

    Abigail K: Thanks! Will get the FC level up right above min for the current CYA before starting the process.

    Butterfly: Just did it right now: CH = 225. So looks to within range for my plaster pool per the docs I believe?

    MBG75: Will do! Brush at the ready.


    Here are some pics as requested in the mean time - I think the pics make the pool look quite a bit better than it really is actually








    Alright, thanks again all. Wish me luck
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    Re: Just got my TF-100 and have a plan of action. Double-check before I break somethi

    Classic Florida pool! Hello fellow Floridian!
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    Re: Just got my TF-100 and have a plan of action. Double-check before I break somethi

    Hey all back w/ some updates on the SLAM. So far going awesome!

    Been checking and adjusting FC every few hours and have managed to keep it in SLAM mode since my last post on Friday. Definitely a chore when the sun comes out! I've learned the sun = the great chlorine devourer!

    The perseverance has definitely been rewarded though! I've definitely still got a ways to go to get everything else correct...but the difference in just 3 days from the SLAM alone is almost staggering.

    I'll be checking everything tonight and seeing if we're good to bring this thing to an end tomorrow.
    Then it will be time to get a everything else lined up.


    Pictures of a transformation over the last 3 days...


    Friday 6/27
    So as suggested I grabbed the brush and went to town...

    You mean this stuff actually comes up? I just thought the bottom of the pool was always this color. lol


    Brush brush brush


    Getting a little cloudy in here...


    The brush end of the brush... is... gone...


    They say it's got to get worse before it gets better right?


    Good night green soup



    Saturday 6/28
    I awoke that next morning to such a wonderful sight - almost ALL the algae had been eaten by the chlorine. There was a little after that morning's brushing but wow what a difference just one night made!

    Is this really the same pool from last night?



    By mid-afternoon almost all the green hue was gone... just kept getting better and better



    Almost looks good enough to jump in... if you don't mind skin-melting levels of FC..





    Sunday 6/29 (This morning)
    So... By this morning it's just gorgeous.. Still a little cloudy...but BLUE as can be!

    Who's pool is this? Can't be my pool




    So purty..



    So as said going to see if i can hopefully stop the constant baby sitting tomorrow and move on to the next steps in the plan of attack.

    Thanks to all for all the help so far
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    Re: Just got my TF-100 and have a plan of action. Double-check before I break somethi

    Quote Originally Posted by Waldog View Post
    Classic Florida pool! Hello fellow Floridian!
    Well howdy from over here in Hunter's Creek / Orlando.
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    Nice job!
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