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    Just tried the new test kit,It's like Christmas!

    Just did my first test! I am a certified lab rat(actually I am a certified lab scientist, so this is up my alley,so to speak!)
    When the test kit came in the mail, I said, Yippee!. My teenage son said, "What are you so excited about?" Kids, they just don't get it!
    Here are my results:FC 8
    CC.5
    CYA60
    TA80
    pH7.5-7.8
    My pool generally looks OK, but it is getting a little cloudy in the deep end.
    I just bought the chlorine at the pool store, 12.5%, 4 gals for 13.00. Seemed like a good deal.
    Perhaps I need to raise my alkalinity? I had been using the 3" pucks in a floater, but that stopped today!
    Thanks for any input,T.
    15x 30 inground oval vinyl lined. 15000gals. Jacuzzi 250lb sand filter. Laars lite natural gas heater. 6 foot slide, underwater light . 3.5 ft. shallow,to 7ft. deepend. TF 100 test kit

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    Re: Just tried the new test kit,It's like Christmas!

    Congrats on your first test! But, you also have the lab coat to go with the kit!

    Has your FC dropped below the Minimum FC of 5ppm? This could have allowed some algae to get started.

    Your TA of 80 is actually kinda' perfect! (Recommended range 70 - 90)

    Can you get a little closer on the pH level?

    What is your CH?
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    Re: Just tried the new test kit,It's like Christmas!

    My FC might have gottena little low about a week or so ago, so that might explain the algae bloom. I have been in the process of changing to BBB and realized that most of the algae probs were due to low chlorine. I also had been on vacation for a week in early July and that is when I tried the pucks for ease of use. Soooo....
    I actually had a more difficult time accurately reading the ph level with the test kit. It is of course just me but I did the test and went from by the pool, to in the house, to turning the light on, natural daylight, to determine the reading. Neighbors are probably saying, " What in the H#$% is that crazy Teresa trying Now?!?" Oh, well, just another day in the hood!
    Also, I have read about a skimmer sock, what is it exactly and where, when and why?
    Thanks again, T.
    15x 30 inground oval vinyl lined. 15000gals. Jacuzzi 250lb sand filter. Laars lite natural gas heater. 6 foot slide, underwater light . 3.5 ft. shallow,to 7ft. deepend. TF 100 test kit

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    Re: Just tried the new test kit,It's like Christmas!

    Skimmer socks are little nylon bags that fit over your skimmer basket. They catch a bunch of **** that would otherwise end up in your filter. Here's some pictures I took once of my skimmer & skimmer sock. You can see the small dirt and sediment that it trapped. You can get these at a pool store, or at WallyWorld.





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    Re: Just tried the new test kit,It's like Christmas!

    I use nylon knee high stockings, they work great and are much cheaper. I have been amazed of the little settiment that was getting into my filter, now it is stopped before it gets there. (I learned this on this great forum!!) I have a new filter and pump this year, so I was so happy to learn of this from the start with the new system.
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    Re: Just tried the new test kit,It's like Christmas!

    Hi Teresa Welcome to TFP!!

    Glad you're enjoying the new kit For the pH test, have you tried holding a white card behind the test block to better gauge the colors? Also test with the sun to your back

    Enjoy your new 'toy' and don't hesitate to ask us questions about your results (... just remember to post all the results when you ask a question )

    The skimmer socks do a better job, but in a pinch (or if you can't find them .. they've been on backorder since JUNE for the store at work ) you can use a kneehigh to do almost the same thing.

    OOPS - I see Tysnest posted this while I was typing
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    Re: Just tried the new test kit,It's like Christmas!

    Hi,
    I tested my CH and it was 300.
    My pH is 7.8. I tried your suggestion on how to read with sun behind and it seemed to help.
    I also found that when I did my CH that I didn't mix(invert) between drops to see the real blue . I just lightly swirled which apparently not enough. So the first reading I got was like 420.There was some tiny particles suspended in the solution which went back into solution when I redid the test and inverted between adding drops. That reading was 300. Brushed the pool and added 1/2 gal of 12.5% cl this AM. Of course it is raining now1
    We have had a pretty wet summer.
    My next door neighbor just joined this great website. She is Dottie from Buffalo!
    I have been trying to help her!
    Thanks again for your help! T.
    15x 30 inground oval vinyl lined. 15000gals. Jacuzzi 250lb sand filter. Laars lite natural gas heater. 6 foot slide, underwater light . 3.5 ft. shallow,to 7ft. deepend. TF 100 test kit

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    Re: Just tried the new test kit,It's like Christmas!

    Sorry, I hit the wrong key, and lost my last post,GRRR!
    I really struggle with the posting,sorry. Actually the the last sentence took me about 1.5-2 min to type.
    latest readings;pH 7.2-7.4
    FC 2.5
    CC1.5
    TA
    120
    CYA
    50
    Water is little cloudy, slightly brown
    I just dumped in 1.5 gal 12% cl
    Now,I dumped that into the skimmer,is that OK? Or should it go in front of a return?
    Thanks,T.
    15x 30 inground oval vinyl lined. 15000gals. Jacuzzi 250lb sand filter. Laars lite natural gas heater. 6 foot slide, underwater light . 3.5 ft. shallow,to 7ft. deepend. TF 100 test kit

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    Re: Just tried the new test kit,It's like Christmas!

    Keep the pump running, it should be okay. Probably better to pour it slowly in front of the return. Did you use the pool calculator to get that amount?
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