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    can I shock the pool now

    I just tried the red n yellow test and test strips. Its telling me that ph is about 7.2
    Alk is around 80ish. Chlorine just started turning yellow with the 5 drops. Can I shock the pool tonight? I did put all that alk rise, ph rise and 2lbs of stabilizer in today
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    Re: can I shock the pool now

    Why do you think you need to shock it? When was it filled? Also, there are better ways to raise your pH and TA. Head on over to pool school and spend an hour reading. You'll learn a lot. As far as shocking goes, you will discover that shocking is not what we preach here. Read up on how to SLAM your pool. And get a good test kit RIGHT AWAY if you haven't already got one. TF-100 is your best bet.
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    Re: can I shock the pool now

    I already ordered the tf100. Waiting for it to arrive. I already bought a case of shock before I found this site. I have I may as well use it. I've been reading pool school and taking in what I can. I just had liner installed and finished filling. I'm looking to get some chlorine in there now. The new chlorinator is installed and the chlorine just showed up with the red and yellow drop test kit. Wondering if I should throw the shock in to super chlorinate the pool. Water is clear cause of fresh fill.
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    Re: can I shock the pool now

    You don't need to shock unless the water looks murky. What is this shock? liquid or powder? Read the label if it's powder, so you know if you're adding stabilizer or calcium.

    This brief article explains what I mean.
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    Re: can I shock the pool now

    It was filling since monday with no chlorine added. I got in today and the bottom was feeling slippery. I was afraid it was starting to grow stuff. Figured the shock would kill it. Turned the water a little cloudy. Hopefully it will be cleared up 2mrow. It is powdered which I mixed up with water. I know some of the shock bags have stabilizer in it. I'll have to look at the bag tomorrow. Thanks for the info
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    Re: can I shock the pool now

    Quote Originally Posted by TrevNJPool View Post
    It was filling since monday with no chlorine added. I got in today and the bottom was feeling slippery. I was afraid it was starting to grow stuff. Figured the shock would kill it. Turned the water a little cloudy. Hopefully it will be cleared up 2mrow. It is powdered which I mixed up with water. I know some of the shock bags have stabilizer in it. I'll have to look at the bag tomorrow. Thanks for the info
    Cloudy after adding the shock powder usually means it was Cal-hypo. Sounds like you're doing all the right things.
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    Re: can I shock the pool now

    If you're throwing powdered shock into the pool, you will need to brush the bottom of the pool, even if you desolved it. It will bleach the liner if it sits on it. Another good reason to use liquid over a return.
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    Re: can I shock the pool now

    Yeah I dint know any of this before I came here. I dont throw any powder in the pool. I always dilute with water real well. It is Cal-hyp
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