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    Red face Do I need to worry about TA?

    Quick question, I hope.
    Today's numbers:
    FC 16.5 CC 0 (Slammed yesterday and it stayed Slammed overnight)
    PH 7.4
    CYA 50- 55 ( It has been less than 40 since we opened and I have been skittish about adding too much. But I added stabilizer on Friday in a nylon in front of the return and it was broadcast in no time- worked much better than Hubby's old gym sock where it took a month to dissolve) I am waiting a week to get a real feel for the CYA - I have read enough on here to know to be patient with that.
    CH 80
    TA 140
    SALT 3600 * I had been thinking that the salt cell was not working - but low salt and low CYA I think contributed to the chlorine disappearing/not being produced, and since adding the salt, the SWG lights are doing what they are supposed to and since slamming and adding CYA the FC stayed put overnight.

    Now my question- Do I need to worry about the TA? Could it be artificially inflated because I just slammed and recently added stabilizer?
    I will not have time to babysit a MA/Fountain process to lower the TA for at least 2 weeks when school lets out (I am a teacher) And such a process would prohibit my brood from using the pool during it due to low ph - Right? What is the best/least intrusive way to lower TA that still allows for family swim time?

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    Re: Do I need to worry about TA?

    TA is a buffer for pH. Once FC levels come down below 10 ppm see how stable your pH is. If it remains relatively stable I wouldn't mess with the TA.
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    Re: Do I need to worry about TA?

    It will not intrude at all if you wish to do it. We only suggest pushing pH down to 7.2, so there is no problem swimming in that at all. It's better to run lower TA With a SWG, but you can start working it down slowly. It doesn't require babysitting at all. A little more frequent pH testing and acid additon is all. Easy stuff. Let us know if you need help with it, no sweat!
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    Re: Do I need to worry about TA?

    hi tcasto, it's not urgent, but when you have time i would address it. as per http://www.troublefreepool.com/conte...rine-generator a SWCG pool should be around 60-80 TA. the generator tends to drift the pH up, so a lower TA will stabilize the pH somewhat and slow down acid additions.

    i have the same problem, as i have fill water with TA=300, 4 aerated jets, and we're getting waterfalls this summer. also consider getting borates up to 50ppm to also buffer pH, and also make the water soft and sparkly.

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    Re: Do I need to worry about TA?

    Thanks so much for your help! Twelve days left until I am free... It is not easy to grade essays and final exams while looking at the pool. But I am making sure it is ready for celebrating
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    Re: Do I need to worry about TA?

    Quote Originally Posted by poolnoob.ca View Post
    hi tcasto, it's not urgent, but when you have time i would address it. as per http://www.troublefreepool.com/conte...rine-generator a SWCG pool should be around 60-80 TA. the generator tends to drift the pH up, so a lower TA will stabilize the pH somewhat and slow down acid additions.

    i have the same problem, as i have fill water with TA=300, 4 aerated jets, and we're getting waterfalls this summer. also consider getting borates up to 50ppm to also buffer pH, and also make the water soft and sparkly.

    i've been to bucks county 4 or 5 times, say hi to bert and ernie for me!
    Thanks for your help - I will take care of it once school lets out and try to do it in a way that allows for my kids (and hubby and I of course) to use the pool. I have a fountain somewhere in the garage. I bought it at the end of last season and never used it.

    Quick question - How much of the heat is lost to using a fountain?

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    Re: Do I need to worry about TA?

    You don't have to use the fountain absolutely. Simply pointing your returns up, and a good deal of activity in the pool may be ample. You'll lose some heat with a fountain, but depending on how much flow, and run time it has, you might notice a little heat loss
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