My first post to TFP, and after dealing with a frustrating Mustard Algae issue since August, to no avail that un-sighlty Algae issue has returned. Since inception I have done the pool checmicals and cleaning myself and have learned quite a bit about pool maitenance. Since reading multiple posts, TFP has enlighten me to take it up a notch, and not use the standard chemicals that the local pool store sells to their customers. Since my pool has been installed I have been completely frustrated with the rising level of CYA and the stabilized chlorine's, no more "Hockey Pucks," that makes balancing the pool frustrating.
I know that I need to lower my CYA, before having a successful SLAM to get my CYA down into the 40 to 50 PPM range and I currently use the Taylor 2005 test kit for three years now, and currently waiting for Taylor K-1515-A - Drop Test to arrive. I am assuming based upon my thread readings that is the complimentary test kit to what I am currently using? Since I have been maintaining my own pool maintenance, I know I will have to re-trained in some areas too get my pool to a TFP. Therefore before diving into the deep end I have several questions to get me to that point...
Q1) Since I will be SLAM'ing, will I have enough regents in the Test Kit or should I order more? If I need to order more, can you tell me what Regent #'s are needed to order the correct additional regents for the FAS/DSP test?
Q2) When SLAMing, how often should I be checking the FC up to the shock FC# based off my the CYA? Then maintain that acceptable range of FC of 4 to 7ppm when SLAMing is complete…
Q3) Upon a successful SLAMing, how often on daily or weekly basis should you evaluate your pool chemicals, thereby not making a daily chore to keep the pool balanced? When using Bleach or Chlorine, and when the pool is in check of the FC range that I wish to accomplish of FC 4 to 7ppm, should I assume that my CC should always be 1 to 0 ppm? Do you prefer sodium Hypo (bleach) or Lithium Hypo?
Q4) How often should I check the pool chemicals in Texas non-swimming months verse Texas Swimming months?
Q4) What is OCLT that I keep reading about?
Q5) I currently have a Nature 2 Fusion Duo Clear Cartridge that has the Chlorine tablet dispenser all encased into one unit. Will I need to remove the DuoCleaner Cartridge as it could cause or fight against a TFP reccomended pool chemical levels?
By the way … great web site for "Do it Your-salvers (LTWS)"