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    Bought a house and got a pool

    Where to start? I took the cover off and removed the plugs. The water is green. I guess I need to know step by step what to do next.
    in ground 24000 gal built 2002 gunite (plaster) Aqualink RS , PDA, spa, cartridge filter, two pumps, Hayward chlorine feeder, blower, heater,
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    Re: Bought a house and got a pool

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    1. Invest in one of the Recommended Test Kits
    2. Run a full set of tests and post the results to see what needs adjusted.
    3. Make adjustments
    4. Follow the ShockLevelAndMAINTAIN Process to clear up the green.

    Here is some other info:
    Defeating Algae
    Turning Your Green Swamp Back into a Sparkling Oasis

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    Welcome to TFP! jblizzle's gotcha covered on what to do next.
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    Re: Bought a house and got a pool

    Thanks, will get going on this.
    in ground 24000 gal built 2002 gunite (plaster) Aqualink RS , PDA, spa, cartridge filter, two pumps, Hayward chlorine feeder, blower, heater,
    test kit TF-50.

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    Re: Bought a house and got a pool

    Need to lower water level. The power center is off and the pda shows "waiting". I ordered a tf-50 test kit.
    in ground 24000 gal built 2002 gunite (plaster) Aqualink RS , PDA, spa, cartridge filter, two pumps, Hayward chlorine feeder, blower, heater,
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    Re: Bought a house and got a pool

    Do you already have a good pH test?
    You should add the XL option if you have a green pool.

    What are you lowering the water level?
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    Re: Bought a house and got a pool

    Don't know how good ph test is (Pentair) or how old. I did a test without running the pumps and it looks like a ph of 8.2
    What is XL option?
    Lowering 1 1/2 inches.
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    Re: Bought a house and got a pool

    You need a new pH test ... the TF-100 includes it.
    The XL option (from tftestkits.net ... is that where you ordered?) adds more of the FAS-DPD reagents that you will need for the SLAM.
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    Re: Bought a house and got a pool

    The "XL Option" is for when/if you order the TF-100 so that you can get additional product(s) to measure the FC/CC. You go through quite a bit of it when starting a SLAM. Also consider requesting the "speed stir" that mixes the solution for you. Very nice. (Link below). To be accurate with TFP, you really do need this kit. It pays for itself in the long run.
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    Re: Bought a house and got a pool

    I ordered the tp-50 two days ago.
    in ground 24000 gal built 2002 gunite (plaster) Aqualink RS , PDA, spa, cartridge filter, two pumps, Hayward chlorine feeder, blower, heater,
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    Re: Bought a house and got a pool

    that's tf 50 test kit
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    Re: Bought a house and got a pool

    should I exchange the tf 50 for the 100?
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    Re: Bought a house and got a pool

    I did the testing with TF-50 test kit.
    showed no chlorine
    CH 275
    TA 80
    CYA 19

    Did PH test with Pentair test kit
    PH 7.2
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    Re: Bought a house and got a pool

    How did you get a CYA of 19? Usually you take multiple readings and pick the nearest 10ppm.

    I would add another 10ppm of CYA and then start following the SLAM process using bleach.

    BTW, you should order some more FAS-DPD reagents before you run out while SLAMing.
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    Re: Bought a house and got a pool

    I now have the chemicals needed for SLAMing. Bleach, washing soda, baking soda, stabilizer.
    In what order should I add them to the pool?
    Should I run the Polaris?
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    Re: Bought a house and got a pool

    You don't need baking soda ... your TA is fine.
    Which is why we do not recommend trying to stock up on chemicals ... just buy what you know you need.

    If your CYA is 20ppm, then I would add another 10ppm into a sock and get it dissolving.
    Then assuming your pH is still around 7.2, start adding bleach and following the ShockLevelAndMAINTAIN Process
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    Re: Bought a house and got a pool

    Bill, to prepare for a SLAM, you should validate the following:
    - Adjust PH to 7.2 - 7.5; don’t worry about it after that during the SLAM
    - Ideal CYA should be 30; the higher the CYA, the more bleach required
    - Have a good amount of “regular” liquid bleach on-hand to keep your FC high at all times

    Next, use the Chlorine/CYA chart (link in my sig) to bring your FC up to the proper SLAM level rating based on your current CYA and make sure it stays there (MAINTAIN) until you meet ALL 3 criteria listed above! That may take just a few days or even a week or two! That is absolutely critical for success.

    At the same time, continue to run your pump 24/7. Remove any “muck” and debris, scrub all parts of your pool to expose any algae, and vacuum/clean (or backwash) filter as necessary. You may have to do this several times. It's a lot of babysitting, but with patience and consistency, you will succeed.


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    Re: Bought a house and got a pool

    I got the baking soda because the poolmath said it was needed.

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    Then I should run the Polaris to vacuum the pool?
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    Re: Bought a house and got a pool

    PoolMath does not tell you to do anything. It simply calculates the required chemicals to reach the target levels that you input.
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    Re: Bought a house and got a pool

    After four hours into the SLAM here are the test results:
    FC 11
    CC 7.5
    TC 18.5
    CH 250
    TA 70
    CYA 20? The black dot never did go away.
    in ground 24000 gal built 2002 gunite (plaster) Aqualink RS , PDA, spa, cartridge filter, two pumps, Hayward chlorine feeder, blower, heater,
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