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    SLAMmin' and Jammin'

    Ok, so I make the SLAM process seem amazing, when it should be avoided, but I couldn't help myself!

    I started my SLAM 2 weeks ago today. I've made it from a Brown abyss to a nice aqua teal color! Ha!

    It started because I was lazy and didn't close the pool last fall. I didn't get the cover on before the leaves fell, and I didn't take the time fish them out.

    A few weeks ago I dove (pun intended!) back into this forum and did a LOT of reading. I've read through most all of the Green to Clean threads (that I can find anyway). I've purchased a leaf rake, and bunch of bleach. and a Taylor K-2006 test kit. The past 2 years, or since I've owned the pool, I've used the pucks, with moderate success.

    With the knowledge from this site, and my new and superior test kit I assumed I would have a really high CYA, due to the pucks and occasional use of "shock". I was Shocked (again pun intended!) after my first round of tests:

    FC 0 (no surprise)
    CC .5 (a little surprised)
    PH 7.4
    TA 70
    CH 250
    CYA 0 (SHOCKED!)

    I couldn't believe I didn't have ANY cya...
    After further perusing of the forum, I'm under the impression that the leaves and debris I left in the pool all winter actually broke down the CYA and created ammonia (I think I have that correct anyway). The pool also seemed like a drunk sailor and was treating my bleach like a round of shots, and asking for another!

    After a couple days I was finally able to get a FC reading! hooray!

    Fast forward a couple weeks and here are my readings this morning. I'm only able to test and adjust 3 or 4 times a day. Once before work, then again when I get home, and then depending on the evenings activities 1 or 2 more times.

    FC 20
    CC 1
    CYA approx 40


    I added cya in a sock in front of the return jet on 4/26, so I won't get a good reading until 5/3. I was attempting to get to CYA of 30, but I was working with a 4600 gal measurement (14ft round by 4 ft depth), when in reality I found, after measuring a couple nights ago, the water is 13.5 round and 3.5 deep and only 3700 gals. And a couple of back washes later, I'm sure the cya is closer to 40, and that's what I calculating off of until Sunday.

    FC 20
    CC 1

    I didn't add any bleach this morning since I'm 4pmm over the shock value. I'll test again around 4:30.


    I was going to add pictures but, the file is too big... bummer
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    Re: SLAMmin' and Jammin'

    Looks like you're making progress! Good job getting a kit that can help you attack the pool. Now you're at the point where it's the little things that finish off a SLAM. Think like algae... for some of us it's easier than others. Thoroughly scrub those ladders, lights, ledges, skimmers, nooks and crannies.

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    Re: SLAMmin' and Jammin'

    April 17th


    April 23rd


    April 29th


    May 1st
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    Re: SLAMmin' and Jammin'

    That is fantastic progress! Good work. Was that a DB in there on April 23?
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    Re: SLAMmin' and Jammin'

    Keep up the great job. It is getting there.
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    Oh my goodness! Thanks for the pictures! That's how my pool looked the winter/spring before I found TFP!

    Keep it up!
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    Re: SLAMmin' and Jammin'

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    That is fantastic progress! Good work. Was that a DB in there on April 23?
    Yes, that's where I stashed it for the winter! Unfortunately I had to find another locale!


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    Re: SLAMmin' and Jammin'

    Yesterday evening my Fc dropped to 13.5. So I added enough bleach to get me up to 20.

    I'm running low on reagents so, I'm not testing cc at the moment and really prolly only testing once a day until my restock comes in. I know looking back at my past test results approx how bleach to add at what time of day. So, I'll estimate when I can't test.

    This morning:
    Fc 15

    I bumped back up to Fc ~20


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    Re: SLAMmin' and Jammin'

    I'll post some more pics after while when I get to a computer!


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    LOL! Good job getting your pool figured out and numbers under control!
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    Re: SLAMmin' and Jammin'

    5/1/15






    5/2



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    Re: SLAMmin' and Jammin'

    Quote Originally Posted by bull3299 View Post
    5/1/15






    5/2



    Getting closer! Keep it up!
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    Re: SLAMmin' and Jammin'

    Dadgum! I ran out of reagent this morning! My concoction was still very pink after 25 drops, so I know the FC is above 12.5!

    - - - Updated - - -

    You know, I guess the silver lining in this is. I made a mess out of this small pool, so it's not costing a fortune to clean it up. AND when I'm able to graduate to a big boy pool, I'll know how to take care of it. More especially, what NOT to do!
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    Re: SLAMmin' and Jammin'

    Quote Originally Posted by bull3299 View Post
    Dadgum! I ran out of reagent this morning! My concoction was still very pink after 25 drops, so I know the FC is above 12.5!
    Oh no! I hope you get some more reagent quick. In the meantime you can add based off of previous days readings. I am not sure if you can get more reagent at a pool store or not, but it is worth a shot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Azgirl71 View Post
    Oh no! I hope you get some more reagent quick. In the meantime you can add based off of previous days readings. I am not sure if you can get more reagent at a pool store or not, but it is worth a shot.
    I ordered some at the end of last week, because I knew it was getting low. Hopefully it will arrive today or tomorrow!
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    Re: SLAMmin' and Jammin'

    They probably sent you tracking number. You can check the tracking. In the meantime add based off of your previous testing
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    Hot Diggidy Dog! The reagents came in today! I'll test as soon as I get home!
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    Re: SLAMmin' and Jammin'

    Ok, so I did the OCLT last night, just because I happened to test after dark, and usually test before the sun come up in the morn. I lost 6ppm over night. The water is cloudy, but seems to be clearing every day.

    Thoughts on what could be consuming it?

    May 5th


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    Re: SLAMmin' and Jammin'

    You can never have enough good help either!

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    Re: SLAMmin' and Jammin'

    Keep up the good work and you will pass the OLCT before you know it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bull3299 View Post
    You can never have enough good help either!

    He is a cutie!
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