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    New guy 1st pool

    Bought this 17x48 pool and filled it with tap water. Went to store and got a test kit.
    Aqua Chem smart strips. Need idea. Dip it and upload it and it tells me what's going on. I did it and it recommends alot of chemicals already. Could this be right? Check it please.

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    Re: New guy 1st pool

    Welcome to TFP!

    No water testing system that uses test strips is reliable enough to be useful. You will be far better off getting one of the test kits we recommend.
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    Re: New guy 1st pool

    OK so another $10 down the drain. What do you recommend that I can get locally?
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    Re: New guy 1st pool

    What all have you added since you filled? It has your CYA at 250. That is pretty high for a new fill.
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    Re: New guy 1st pool

    Quote Originally Posted by PAGirl View Post
    What all have you added since you filled? It has your CYA at 250. That is pretty high for a new fill.
    Exactly what I was going to say!! Theres no way you have CYA at 250 with a fresh tap water fill alone.

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    Re: New guy 1st pool

    The test kit most recommended here is the TF-100 available online. I doubt if you will find it in a pool store. Some information about your pool would be helpful. Gallons, Fiberglass/Vinyl/Gunite, Pump Size, Type and Size filter, and info about any other equipment you have.
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    Re: New guy 1st pool

    Just filled with tap water. Nothing added.
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    Reading about all this makes my head hurt. I don't need a new hobby/project just trying to keep kids happy. Is salt a better alternative. Don't mind spending a little more for less hassle.

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    Re: New guy 1st pool

    Well TF-100 on the way. Get back to you in a few days when it gets here.

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    Re: New guy 1st pool

    Quote Originally Posted by IcantDo55 View Post
    Well TF-100 on the way. Get back to you in a few days when it gets here.


    Keep/maintain about 2ppm FC for now. Use PoolMath to figure the doses. Post back if you need help.

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    Re: New guy 1st pool

    Here is the El cheepo Kmart test kit results until new kit gets here.


    Got a lot of rain here today and pool looking kinda green. All that has been added since fill is two 1" chlorine tabs.



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    Re: New guy 1st pool

    2 1" tabs probably won't get you to 2ppm as previously recommended. You need to get some bleach in there soon before the green gets out of hand.
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    Re: New guy 1st pool

    According to that posted drop kit and this strip kit it's currently over 5ppm. Right? uploadfromtaptalk1405038398581.jpg
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