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    New Pool Owner With First Time Test Results

    Hi Folks,

    First off, this is an extremely helpful site since I was going to buy a book, or two, or three to try to get up to speed.

    As a precursor to posting my test results, I have been using those test strips daily for about a week.
    When free chlorine was low, I'd add a gallon or two of bleach.
    TA was low once and I added 1/2 box of Bromax.
    PH was low a few times and I've added several boxes of baking soda.

    Anyhow, here are my results using the TF-100:
    FC = 2;
    CC = 0;
    Calcium Hardness = 400;
    TA = 140;
    CYA = 50;

    Not quite sure what to do with these numbers so I'd appreciate any feedback.

    Kind regards,
    ChuckP
    ~20,200 gallons; IG; vinyl, sand filter Hayward S-220T;
    Hayward Super Pump, 1.5 hp, 1.30sf; pool installed ~2000;

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    Re: New Pool Owner With First Time Test Results

    Welcome to TFP!

    You need to raise the FC asap. Check out the chart in the handy reference area of Pool School.

    Also you got your chemicals mixed up. Borax raises pH, baking soda raises TA.
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    Re: New Pool Owner With First Time Test Results

    Quote Originally Posted by chuckp View Post
    Hi Folks,

    First off, this is an extremely helpful site since I was going to buy a book, or two, or three to try to get up to speed.

    As a precursor to posting my test results, I have been using those test strips daily for about a week.
    When free chlorine was low, I'd add a gallon or two of bleach.
    TA was low once and I added 1/2 box of Bromax.
    PH was low a few times and I've added several boxes of baking soda.

    Anyhow, here are my results using the TF-100:
    FC = 2;
    CC = 0;
    Calcium Hardness = 400;
    TA = 140;
    CYA = 50;

    Not quite sure what to do with these numbers so I'd appreciate any feedback.

    Kind regards,
    ChuckP
    The FC needs to come up to correlate with that 50 CYA. Target 7, so it doesn;t dip below 4 before you can dose it again.

    What is the pH?
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    Re: New Pool Owner With First Time Test Results

    pH was slightly above 7.2.
    ~20,200 gallons; IG; vinyl, sand filter Hayward S-220T;
    Hayward Super Pump, 1.5 hp, 1.30sf; pool installed ~2000;

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    Re: New Pool Owner With First Time Test Results

    Well, that's easy, huh? Dump some bleach in the pool and call it good!
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: New Pool Owner With First Time Test Results

    That's exactly what I just did Richard. I just don't know how much to add. After adding a gallon, how long shall I wait before testing again to determine if more needs to be added?

    Thanks.
    ~20,200 gallons; IG; vinyl, sand filter Hayward S-220T;
    Hayward Super Pump, 1.5 hp, 1.30sf; pool installed ~2000;

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    Re: New Pool Owner With First Time Test Results

    You need to use PoolMath to calculate your dosages. You can retest or swim after 30 minutes.
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    Re: New Pool Owner With First Time Test Results

    Need to do some homework and read Pool school "SLAM- Shock Level and Maintain" (start here to get a rough idea what your getting into) , and get a TF-100 test kit from TFtestkits.net...... Just a little bit of reading and understanding the theory will help you develope quick results for a clear and algae free pool. Get away from test strips for chlorine testing FAS/DPD is the way to go.

    Then take you results, plug and chug in the "Poolmath"

    Adjust your FC as directed by the CYA : FC figures provided (i.e. CYA = 60.... Normal FC level =5 to 9 ppm Shock Level = 24).

    Hope this helps, and everyone here is great for help!
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    Re: New Pool Owner With First Time Test Results

    We recommend PoolMath and not the pool calculator mentioned above.
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    Re: New Pool Owner With First Time Test Results

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    We recommend PoolMath and not the pool calculator mentioned above.
    Yes he is correct, the link provided is "PoolMath" post has been edited.
    7540 Gallons, AG Pool, Hayward Sand Filter (Filter flow rate= 75 GPM), 3/4 HP Pump.

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