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    Preparing for the SLAM

    New to this site and the TFP method. I'm getting ready to slam my pool as its been cloudy all year and I finally lost the fight and it turned green.

    So some back story before I get to my question. I've relied on the pool store since day one of owning a pool. Last year I've had nothing but problems with fighting algae. I have a 24ft ag pool, I've changed my sand in the filter this year. I bought triclor tables for my chlorinator at the recommendation of the pool store. I run my pump 24/7 all summer with tablets in the chlorinator. I've had enough of the fighting and a cloudy/green pool after finding this site.

    On to my question, I ordered a the recommended test kit the one with 2006 and it comes in tomorrow. I want to go ahead and get everything I need for the slam. Should I go buy a 25lb tub of cal-hypo since CH isn't a huge deal for the vinyl liner or go buy a **** ton of bleach? I am off for a week due to the holiday and want to clear this pool up. I was planning on getting my chemicals ready like chlorine, baking soda and borax so when my kit comes in I can start immediately.
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    Hayward E200 Filter, Hayward Eco 1HP Pump
    Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Do not buy baking soda and borax just because they start with a B. Only buy what your test kit indicates you need. Most members never need the 2 I just mentioned.

    Low CH does not matter for a vinyl pool, but high CH is just as bad in a vinyl pool as any other pool. I would stick with bleach.

    You should also order more FAS-DPD and CYA reagents as the K-2006 just does not come with enough ... there is a reason we recommend the TF-100.
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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    So just buy a ton of bleach and order some reagents, got it. Tyvm

    I'll be glad when it's clear and I can finally enjoy it!
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    Hayward E200 Filter, Hayward Eco 1HP Pump
    Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    Welcome!

    Once you get your own kit and have that pool cleared, you'll be amazed at how cheap and easy it is to keep it that way. You'll be kicking yourself often and hard that you didn't take control years ago. Your electric bills will go way down, because you'll find just a few hours of filtering a day is adequate.

    Be prepared to discover your CYA level is astronomical and that a partial drain is called for before you actually start your algae-killing spree. It's not guaranteed, but it's more common than not after the pool store loads you up with powders and pucks. If your first test shows CYA over 90, repeat it using the dilution method described in Extended Test Kit Directions.
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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    Yea that's what I'm afraid of.
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    Hayward E200 Filter, Hayward Eco 1HP Pump
    Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    Clearing Your pool the TFPC method will be cheap, but if Your like I was the water is gonna cost plenty.
    I had to replace 50% because of pool store bad advice.
    Good Luck! and Welcome to TFPC
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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    Ty, I just hope 15 gallons of concentrated bleach is enough to get me started
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    Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    Hi and welcome to the forum

    Is your fill water from a well or from municipal/county/city ?

    Please add your pool and equipment specs in your sig. It will help us help you when you post your q's.

    After you go thru the SLAM process, you are going to be a happy camper

    btw, after the SLAM, that pump run time will be dialed back and save you more $$$

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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    The fill water will come from city water.

    That's for the reminder! I gotta get my signature set up.

    Update: Finally Fixed the sig
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    Hayward E200 Filter, Hayward Eco 1HP Pump
    Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    About an hour into the Slam. Make sure I'm doing this right.

    Cya: just below the 30 line so I said it was 32
    TA: 70
    PH:7.0 looked a grade off of the 7.0 mark so it could be in the high 6
    CH: 420 still learning these test so don't know if that's right

    I put 2.25 gallons of bleach in to start about an hour ago. Just did my first FC check and I was showing 4.5 so I added another 1.5 gallons of bleach based on pool math.

    I'll add a photo in a few minutes

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    Hayward E200 Filter, Hayward Eco 1HP Pump
    Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    Looks like a good start ... just test the FC and CC from here forward until you are done.
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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    Day two, 12 bottles of chlorine down. Looks like I'm going to have to make another trip to Sam's before I run out.

    Pool Specs
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    Hayward E200 Filter, Hayward Eco 1HP Pump
    Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    I feel like I'm starting to get there. Now if it will just start to clear up. Then I can start checking to see if I'm done. Gotta get some more bleach to finish this Slam though. I put my last gallon in tonight.

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    Hayward E200 Filter, Hayward Eco 1HP Pump
    Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    That water is happening!
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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    Get some pool DE also. After you pass your OCLT you can add some to your sand filter to help it filter/clear faster.
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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    That's awesome progress!
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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    I'm just curious if it would be OK for the kids to get in the pool. The kiddy pool just isn't cutting it for them
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    Hayward E200 Filter, Hayward Eco 1HP Pump
    Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    Quote Originally Posted by shovelheadhd View Post
    I'm just curious if it would be OK for the kids to get in the pool. The kiddy pool just isn't cutting it for them
    It'll slow you down some. You'll need to let the FC level dip below shock level while they're in it. And if you can't see the bottom, there is a certain risk to that. People have swum in dirtier lakes and public pools and waterparks and lived to tell about it, though.

    If you do let them in, when it's time to get out, have them create a whirlpool by running around the edge and setting up a current just as they get out. When it settles down, any debris will be nicely heaped in the center for easier vacuuming.
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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    Yea I still can't see the bottom. Might try to keep them out for another day. Thanks for the input
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    Hayward E200 Filter, Hayward Eco 1HP Pump
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    Re: Preparing for the SLAM

    Well I don't know what I could have done wrong but for some reason it seems my CYA has increased. I haven't added anything except one puck to the chlorinator due to the fact that I was about to run out of bleach and couldn't go to the store until today. Could one puck raise my CYA from 30+ to about 55? Should I just go with the 55 or try to drop it some? My pool is in the sun from sun up till the last few hours of the evening everyday so I'm not entirely sure if its a bad thing or not.

    I stocked back up on bleach so I can finish this slam. I just did a check after adding 1.8 bottles of chlorox and my pool is showing

    FC: 17
    CC: 0
    CYA: between the 50 and 60 marker so 55?
    PH: 7.4
    TA: 100

    Do I need to adjust anything or just adjust my shock lvl to match the CYA lvl. I tested twice on the cya and got the same results each time.
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    24ft Round AG Pool, 13500 Gallons
    Hayward E200 Filter, Hayward Eco 1HP Pump
    Taylor K-2006 Test Kit

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