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    cheap, walmart "easy pour" the reason my pool is so cloudy?

    Ive literally been slamming my pool for almost 3 weeks now. The 2nd week, i unknowingly put about 15 gallons of the easy pour great value brand bleach in the pool over the course of a few days. After a day or so i had a bunch of foam on the surface and in the skimmer. Thats when i realized i had gotten the cheap stuff. Last week i made sure to get the regular stuff, but after about 6 days,its still not clear and im about to give up before the season even starts!

    Been running my pump 24/7 for over a month now.

    Fc 10.5 i know thats not slam level, but im not putting any more $ in until i know whats going on.
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    I can barely see the shallow floor now. Its been that way for a couple days with little to no improvement.

    The pool store said it may be pollen. I have about 8 pine trees that border my property that dump alot of pollen, im sure.

    Not sure what happened to my signature, buti have a 20000 gal vinyl liner in ground, with a hayward sand filter and 1hp hayward 1 speed pump

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    Re: cheap, walmart "easy pour" the reason my pool is so cloudy?

    I can't help with the bleach. But I'm 17 days into a slam and still have cloudy deep end. If you aren't willing to keep FC at slam, I'm not sure how you will clear up the cloudy. Good luck!
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    Re: cheap, walmart "easy pour" the reason my pool is so cloudy?

    I believe easy pour has some sort of thickener in it...and that is a problem. I don't know if it will cause the cloudiness, or if there's a known fix. others will chime in shortly.

    +1 to Rere's comment. Dropping below SLAM level is a bad idea.

    You absolutely need to stick with the SLAM until the 3 objectives are met.
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    Re: cheap, walmart "easy pour" the reason my pool is so cloudy?

    I would suck try to remove as much foam as you can so it doesn't drive you nuts looking at it. I recently had trouble passing the OCLT because of an ammonia problem and I noticed holding FC at 12-15 was the trick. The days it was 10-12 I didn't see any results on the OCLT. Maybe it is by chance that I saw quick results with FC was 15 early on and then finally passed the OCLT when it was 15, but it worked for me.
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    Re: cheap, walmart "easy pour" the reason my pool is so cloudy?

    In my experience, cheap Walmart bleach works just fine. It is the easy pour that is bad.
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    Re: cheap, walmart "easy pour" the reason my pool is so cloudy?

    Quote Originally Posted by swirlywater View Post
    I would suck try to remove as much foam as you can so it doesn't drive you nuts looking at it. I recently had trouble passing the OCLT because of an ammonia problem and I noticed holding FC at 12-15 was the trick. The days it was 10-12 I didn't see any results on the OCLT. Maybe it is by chance that I saw quick results with FC was 15 early on and then finally passed the OCLT when it was 15, but it worked for me.
    Can you expand on this? I'm struggling with OCLT too.
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    Re: cheap, walmart "easy pour" the reason my pool is so cloudy?

    Swirly is right. The Key to any SLAM, or Ammonia issue is sustaining a high enough FC to kill Algae, or break down Ammonia. When the FC level falls just a little below the value required, you lose ground. It really is no more complicated than that. Get it there and hold it there. It works.
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    Re: cheap, walmart "easy pour" the reason my pool is so cloudy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shirker View Post
    In my experience, cheap Walmart bleach works just fine. It is the easy pour that is bad.
    correct, any store brand bleach is fine. No scent, no easy pour, no nothing. Just plain old bleach.
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    Re: cheap, walmart "easy pour" the reason my pool is so cloudy?

    I accidently put in a couple of gals of easy pour and had foam for a day or so but keeping your FC at SLAM until passing OCLT and filtering will clear it eventually.
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