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    Trying to make things simple

    I would like to make my pool maintenance much simpler. Am using BBB and with the SC sunshine and heat, it is a daily chore to keep the pool chlorine leveled and the PH in range. At times I miss a day or 3 for travel and the algae kicks in. With the 20K gallon pool, and sand filter, is there anything that can be done to make the maintenance tasks less daily? Like going to a salt water setup? SWG may help but not sure. Help please!
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    Re: Trying to make things simple

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    A pool is like a pet, you have to feed it everyday. Chlorine is lost to the sun and organics everyday and must be replenished. Most members find testing and adding chemicals to require less than 5 minutes per day. Of course there are methods of automation.

    For liquid chlorine, you could go with a Liquidator or a Stemmer-type pump to automatically add the FC for you. Or you can go the SWG route where the FC is create from the salt in the water.

    Even with these, you will need to test every 1-2 days to adjust other parameters and make sure things are in line.

    How are you chlorinating?
    I see you lack one of the Recommended Test Kits so that is a first step to making sure your pool is trouble free.
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    Re: Trying to make things simple

    Yes, SWG is one option. The other is a stenner pump or liquidator to automate chlorine additions. I personally favor the SWG since this also eliminates lugging bottles of bleach.
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    Re: Trying to make things simple

    SWCG! It's almost a no-brainer to me unless you have some stone sensitive to salt near your pool.
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    Re: Trying to make things simple

    SWG. I only test once per week, and typically all I have to do is add some muriatic acid. Once you are comfortable that your SWG is set right and your measurements show stable pH, there is really no need for testing more than once per week.
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    Re: Trying to make things simple

    Thanks Guys! I am using Bleach jugs with 8.25% Sodum Hypochloride and the pool is sucking it in using a lot. Yes, need to get a test kit real bad. jblizzle will be getting a TF-100 Test kit asap. Will the TP-100 test kit work with both BBB and salt? Am considering switching to the SWCG direction to keep things simple. Also, any good info on switching to salt for a BBB pool?
    3rd season: 20,000 Gal, IG, vinyl, Sand Tagelus TA40/400 01-L 6 way valve, Emerson 1081 3450RPM motor with Hayward self priming pump housing, Pool built 1997, TF-100 Test Kit , 2009 Plastimayd 20 mil liner (fading), with safety pool cover, Intermatic Mechanical Timer that haven't figured out yet, Pole/hose vac/brush/leaf rake
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    Re: Trying to make things simple

    Salt is still a chlorine pool, and requires the same test kit. You don't even have to test for salt very often once you've gotten it established. Since you are going from scratch, you'll need to measure your current salt content, add enough salt to get to about 75% of where you need to be, test again the next day, and slowly adjust it up until it tests right. I suggest investing in the Taylor drop kit for salt testing over the strips, I've found it to be far more accurate.

    There isn't much to switch it. Buy the SWG, install it, bring salt content up, 24 hours after salt is ready, fire up the SWG. You'll continue to use bleach until the SWG is online. Oh, and just buy solar salt for water softeners from your local hardware store, it is a whole lot cheaper than pool salt most the time, and there's no difference.
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    Re: Trying to make things simple

    If you're using more than 2-3 ppm per day in bleach, I'd consider looking at your CYA level and increasing it. If you're already at 50 ppm CYA and using more bleach than that, do a OCLT to see if anything is growing in your pool.

    If all that looks OK and you're still wanting less daily maintenance, SWCG is the easiest to start up.
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    Re: Trying to make things simple

    SWG will help out tremendously.

    I'm with JVTrain though. I think there is something else going on that is contributing to your algae problem.

    You reallyyyy need to get a decent test kit, make a full set of tests, and then we can determine the next immediate thing to do in order to get you fixed up.
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    Re: Trying to make things simple

    Thanks all for your advice and help. I finally ordered the TF-100 and will be opening the pool up in the spring. No more pool store for me.
    3rd season: 20,000 Gal, IG, vinyl, Sand Tagelus TA40/400 01-L 6 way valve, Emerson 1081 3450RPM motor with Hayward self priming pump housing, Pool built 1997, TF-100 Test Kit , 2009 Plastimayd 20 mil liner (fading), with safety pool cover, Intermatic Mechanical Timer that haven't figured out yet, Pole/hose vac/brush/leaf rake
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    Trying to make things simple

    Good job getting the TF-100. Best kit out there IMO.
    When you open in the spring post up a set of test results and we can help ya out if need be.
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