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    What do I correct first?

    I received my professional Taylor Kit today, and did all the tests. It is amazing what I am learning after 25 years! I have a cloudy pool that will not clear, and now everything is making sense as to why.
    Here are my first set of numbers.
    PH 7.8
    FC 0.4
    CC 2.2
    TA 330
    CH 0 (stayed blue so soft water?)
    CYA 45

    My guess is that I have to:
    1. Lower the PH to get my TA down,.
    2. add some calcium to raise the hardness
    3. and I positively have to SLAM the pool.

    I am just not sure in what order I should do all of this.

    When I was at the pool store a few days ago, he did say that my CH was 0 and I confirmed it with my test. He wanted to sell me an expensive bag of calcium to raise it, but I remember one time before I used “Quick Joe” calcium chloride (for ice melt) and that worked fine.

    Thanks for any advice!
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    Re: What do I correct first?

    Fix pH and SLAM. You have a vinyl -lined pool, so you have no worries about leaching Calcium out of the plaster. Don't waste money on adding it, unless the water foams after it's clear.

    The other alternative is to use Cal-hypo instead of bleach for the SLAM. It might not be cheaper, but you'll get fewer strange looks wheeling a pail of pool chlorine out to your car versus thirty jugs of bleach.
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    Re: What do I correct first?

    I would absolutely not worry about the calcium. I don't even know what my CH is.

    Fix the pH and SLAM the pool!
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    Re: What do I correct first?

    Welcome to TFP!

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    Re: What do I correct first?

    Welcome to the forum!!

    You'll be amazed then. What we teach here will have you very happy about how much easier and different simple pool care can be.

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    Re: What do I correct first?

    OK I got the PH to the correct level and started the SLAM. When I tested the sample, I wa amazed that the FC is still so low. I am having a hard time getting the FC to the right level, but the CC is off the wall! I remember you said that this is normal because the alge eats it fast at first. so I just keep adding chlorine until the break point? really scary.
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    Re: What do I correct first?

    Quote Originally Posted by Liberty Square View Post
    OK I got the PH to the correct level and started the SLAM. When I tested the sample, I wa amazed that the FC is still so low. I am having a hard time getting the FC to the right level, but the CC is off the wall! I remember you said that this is normal because the alge eats it fast at first. so I just keep adding chlorine until the break point? really scary.
    Early in the SLAM test and adjusting every hour speeds things up. As the chlorine begins to hold yu can spread the testing and adjusting out.
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    Re: What do I correct first?

    Thanks Tim! It is begining to work. FC is rising as I add liquid clorine, and the CC is beging to fall. this is cool!
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    Re: What do I correct first?

    Quote Originally Posted by Liberty Square View Post
    Thanks Tim! It is begining to work. FC is rising as I add liquid clorine, and the CC is beging to fall. this is cool!
    Amazing when a plan comes together. Keep it up.
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