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    First Pool - Glad I Came Here First!

    If I'd have realized how much enjoyment my family was going to get out of a pool, I'd have done this three years ago!

    On a whim, we purchased a small seasonal pool. It's a 12' x 30" Intex (approx 1,500 gal). My daughter is 6, and it's perfect for her. I also have a postage stamp sized back yard, so at least until her playscape goes in a few years, this is about all the pool we can fit.

    My wife ribs me for being the over-analytical/obsessive type, but I think it's paid off in spades this time. I spent hours reading the "getting started" posts here and playing around with PoolMath. Thanks to you guys, I think I've avoided a ton of problems and dollars down the drain at the local pool store(s).

    We set the pool up last weekend and filled it on Saturday. On Sunday, I bought test strips, CYA, Borax, and 8.25% bleach. (I will be ordering a TF-100 today). I already had a couple of gallons of muriatic acid on-hand. I added 10 oz of CYA on Sunday, and made bleach additions a few times to maintain 3-5ppm FCL. On Monday, I added 96 oz of Borax and 46 oz of muriatic acid (in two half-additions). I've been making daily (sometimes twice a day) bleach additions since, targeting 4.6ppm and trying not to let it get below 3.

    The chlorine levels are falling more than I think they should be, but I'm a newb and the CYA hasn't been in but 4 days, so I'm not overly concerned. My test strips agree, within reason, to the local pool shop's analysis except for pH. Fortunately, I have a good handheld pH meter that I use in home brewing, so I can check that independently. pH has been rock solid since the Borax at 7.3.

    Here's the pool store's analysis this morning (before bleach addition).

    FCL 1.73, TCL 1.73, CC 0, pH 7.3, TA 82, CH 95, CYA 29

    I don't really have any "questions," at this point. This is more of an introduction and a thank you. If anything jumps out at you, though, please do kick me in the pants.

    8,500 gal - Seasonal AG - 1,600 gph Intex Sand Filter with SWG & Wall Mount Skimmer
    TF-100 Test Kit, Milwaukee MW102 pH Meter, Hanna HI 711 Total Chlorine Meter

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    Re: First Pool - Glad I Came Here First!

    Welcome to TFP!

    Sounds like you are starting off pretty well. Glad to see you have a test kit ordered
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    Re: First Pool - Glad I Came Here First!

    Looking good there. If you are getting to 5 with the FC, then I dont believe a drop of 3 over day is unusual for this time of year. And especially if your CYA is in the 30-40 range as the pool store test suggests it might be.

    Swimmer load, grass clippings, leaves, bugs, UV all contribute to a drop in FC. So you sort of have to determine by your environment when and how often to do your dosing. It wont take long though, and you'll get the hang of it.

    Once your test kit gets delivered, and you find out what your CYA really is, it will be a big advantage in keepin your FC in check.
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    Re: First Pool - Glad I Came Here First!

    Thanks for the welcome, guys!

    @Divin Dave, I added enough CYA that I should be closer to 50, but it hasn't had a week to absorb, so there's a chance the pool shops numbers aren't wrong. I've also twice replaced about 3-4 inches of water due to splash out.

    I'll be curious to see where I'm at when the kit shows up. Until then, it's looking great, so no worries.

    8,500 gal - Seasonal AG - 1,600 gph Intex Sand Filter with SWG & Wall Mount Skimmer
    TF-100 Test Kit, Milwaukee MW102 pH Meter, Hanna HI 711 Total Chlorine Meter

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