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Thread: I'll Never Close Green Again.....

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    I'll Never Close Green Again.....

    I'm so glad to see this thread again I could kiss ya'll.

    I was a member a few years ago and this forum saved my life, not to mention thousands of dollars. Due to unfortunate circumstances, I had to close green last fall. Took the cover off 2 weeks ago (to see a lovely green swamp) and was getting ready to SLAM- and had to go out of town unexpectedly. Still had some 1-lb shock bags on the shelf in my basement- and my well-meaning (but pool-virgin) boyfriend "shocked it good" while I was gone to "help."

    So here I am, day 3, and current test results: (TF-100 test kit)

    FC 0.5
    pH 7.2
    TA- 120
    CYA- 40

    The pool water is a lovely light turquoise with about a 2-inch visibiity. Pump has been running 24/7 for three days and I am backwashing only when 30% over baseline. No equipment issues, I've gotten as many leaves off the bottom of the pool as my back can possibly handle, and am not currently working so I have all the time I need to get this pool clear.

    My questions:

    1. Because he started with dichlor, do I have to stick with it? Or can I switch to bleach? (I know that may be a stupid question, I apologize for my ignorance- I just don't want to proceed with SLAM until I know the appropriate action to take).
    2. Whatever I use, do I start the SLAM process from here and keep going til clear?

    I'm a little rusty on this method and am a little overwhelmed. I haven't had to deal with this for a few years because I've been on top of any problems that came up quickly. Any help I can get would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you guys in advance
    14X28 IG; (Concrete w/vinyl liner); 1.5 HP Pentair Dynamo Pump; Triton Tagelus High Rate Sand Filter (40/40D); Charleston, WV

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    pwrstrk's Avatar
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    Aug 2012
    Elverson Pa.

    Re: I'll Never Close Green Again.....

    Yes you can use bleach going forward. Only bleach !!
    Here is the SLAM Process. Give it a couple of good read over's. It has to be followed to the T.
    Any questions you may have don't hesitate to ask.
    24'x54" AG Morada RTR (by wilbar) 13'500 gal. Hayward Powerflo Matrix 1hp 2 speed. Hayward Perflex EC65 DE filter.

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    Apr 2015
    Sierra Vista, Az

    Re: I'll Never Close Green Again.....

    I agree with Jeff. Switch to bleach. Make sure you target the level of FC 16 which is shock level for a CYA of 40. Did you test for CC?

    Welcome cack, I am sorry it is under these circumstances. Follow the SLAM exactly and you will be swimming in your crystal clear and sparking pool before you know it. Remember it takes time and you need to keep FC at shock level using bleach as much as possible. Lots of brushing and backwashing as needed.
    Intex AG vinyl 15' x 48" 4,300 gallons due to skimmer install, Krystal Clear SF pump combo 2800 GPH, Krystal Clear SWG, Pool Blaster Max vacuum, Hayward thru the wall skimmer, TF 100 test kit with speed stir, K 1766 Taylor salt test, My SLAM Process

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    Jan 2010
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: I'll Never Close Green Again.....

    Stick to bleach from now on. It doesn't have the add-ons, just chlorine.

    Your pH is great and your CYA is only a tad high for the SLAM. You've dredged out the organic debris. You're ready. Jugs away!

    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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