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    Just got recommended test kit and need guidance please

    Hi I got the test kit as recommended and here r the results:

    ph 7.2
    calcium hardness 110
    total alkalinity 100
    cyanuric acid 35
    free chlorine .2
    total chlorine .6
    saturation between .1 and .2

    please advise how to go from here as I'm new to this.....thanks!
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    Re: Just got recommended test kit and need guidance please

    Congrats on your kit!

    You need to raise your FC. You can look at the chlorine cya chart in pool school for what FC you should have with a CYA of 35 and then raise it to the target level with bleach. You can use pool math to calculate how much it you should add.

    What does your pool look like?
    If it is cloudy or a green swamp you will want to read up on the SLAM process and raise FC to the SLAM shock level for CYA 35
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    Re: Just got recommended test kit and need guidance please

    Actually it is pretty clear right now I will try to do the math thing now thanks

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    Where do I want to be at for all the figures?
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    Re: Just got recommended test kit and need guidance please

    In my signature below, see the link for Recommended Levels. That will get you in the right direction. Let us know if you have any other questions.
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    Re: Just got recommended test kit and need guidance please

    thanks one more question? Do I need to super chlorinate? When I opened the pool the pool store told me just to throw three bags of dura shock in and it would be good to go. Obviously the chlorine level never went up so then they said there may be chlorine lock and wanted to sell me a bunch of stuff which is when I found this site. What exactly should I do? Just get the recommended bleach from the pool math which I think is 118oz and should be good?
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    Re: Just got recommended test kit and need guidance please

    That's another misleading term (super chlorinating) the pool store and others like to throw around - along with "shocking" the pool. No need to use anything right now other than regular bleach as noted on your recommended level chart and by using the Pool Math Calculator (links below). That's what makes TFP so wonderful - using simple, regular products to maintain your pool that do not have ridiculous side effects on your chemistry. Just keep that FC at the recommended level and you are good. If at anytime you see anything odd changing with your water or test results, just let us know.
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    Re: Just got recommended test kit and need guidance please

    jfranchi9, you never have to worry about "One more question" here at TFP. We ALL have questions and learn form each other. Trust me, ask all you need.

    One last thing, your results are overall in pretty good shape. Keep an eye on the free chlorine (FC) and Combined Chlorine (CC) as you get used to your kit. You'll check those more than any others over the season. If your water ever starts to get cloudy, it's an indication the FC got too low and the CC got over .5, allowing algae to bloom. If that ever happens, start reading the SLAM info and implement. Hope you enjoy your swimming season.
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    Re: Just got recommended test kit and need guidance please

    It is VERY important to always keep the chlorine level above the minimum level for the CYA level in your pool or algae will start to grow. Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart
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    Re: Just got recommended test kit and need guidance please

    Ok day 2 test after putting in the recommended bleach per pool math

    free chlorine is at 2.4
    combined chlorine is at .6

    not sure if that makes sense at all so hopefully I'm doing the test right.

    I put in pool math that I wanted free chlorine to get to 3 so almost got there from the .2ppm yesterday.

    suggestions?
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    Re: Just got recommended test kit and need guidance please

    Use the 10 ml for FC......you'll save yourself some money.
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    Re: Just got recommended test kit and need guidance please

    Lol good point
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    Re: Just got recommended test kit and need guidance please

    Just curious how come the new test kit shows free chlorine at 2.4ppm and the test strips I had before show zero and pool store test show zero .....just want to make sure I'm doing test right and pool is safe for kids to swim in
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    Re: Just got recommended test kit and need guidance please

    Because test strips and (most) pool store tests are inaccurate.

    That's why Trouble Free Pool recommends the TF-100 or the Taylor K-2006, and performing your own testing.

    Works for me
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    Re: Just got recommended test kit and need guidance please

    You are going to need to "feed' your pool every day. After a while you will be able to know what your pool needs even before you test it.

    Daily-test your pool's FC, CC, PH, TA. Most of the time you will only need to add bleach to bring up the FC.

    Once you get your PH and TA balanced the way your pool wants it you will not have to work on it very often

    I test CYA once a week as it really should not change much unless you add or remove water.

    I do my FC in the evening and add the needed FC. That way the FC can do what it needs to do without the sun getting any of it.

    Some people do it in the morning. It all depends on your life style and what works for you.

    Let us know if there any other questions or concerns. We love to help!
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