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    Reassurance

    sorry for the long post.

    Just want to hear someone say, headed in the right direction and, hopefully - almost there. Husband thinks I am using a LOT of chlorine...

    A little history, replaced the line from the skimmer to the pump after trying to open pool with severe air leak. (wasting several galons of bleach)

    Pump now working much better, other line needs replacing, but it is just leaking at a slow rate at this time. (fixed the air in system issue)

    I have a Taylor test kit. New to the forum, but not to fiberglas pool maintenance/liquid chlorine. I have not used liquid chlorine in 20+ years. The method used at that time was, pour it in till clear.

    I do not have before pics. I do not cover pool at end of season. (bad I know) So, in the spring I usually have a swamp. If my timing is right, it's not too bad. This year was pretty bad since I am just now trying to clear it.

    I working toward 20 FC SLAM. At each chemical test time I am also at least "stirring up" the water. Depending on time, I am brushing walls/vac some.

    OK I started SLAM on 6/3 8AM

    readings at that time:

    FC 1.5
    TA 170
    CH 50
    PH 7.2
    CYA 55 added 4 gal 2 qts 10% liquid chlorine (local pool store)

    6/3 12:00

    FC 22.5
    CC 0 added 0

    6/3 4:00 PM

    FC 16
    CC 0 added 1 gal 1 qt

    6/3 5:30 PM

    FC 22.5
    CC 0 added 1 gal 1 qt to hold over night

    6/4 8 AM

    FC 22
    CC >.5 added 0

    6/4 4:00 PM

    FC 8
    CC 0 Added 5 gal ( headed to work )

    6/5 8:00 AM

    FC 25.5
    CC 0

    6/5 2PM

    FC 14
    CC 0 Added 1 Gal 3 qts

    Retesting and going back to pool store for more chlorine.

    1 other side note. 8 hours during the day on 6/4 and 4 hours on 6/5 I used only main drain. Actualy vac hose connected to vac head/pole and positioned on the bottom of the deep end. Closest thing I figured out to possibly circulate more water.

    I am attaching a now pic, still cant see the bottom in deep end. However, when I get home from work in the am (longest time pool is just filtering) I can see almost to the bottom of the deep end. Shallow end looks pretty good. Then I vac/brush...repeat.


    Any input will be greatly appreciated. I feel that I am on the right track, and from my reading -- working on my last 10% .. the hard part on patience.

    are we there yet??

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    Re: Reassurance

    I see 13 gallons, which isn't all that much. Scroll through and look at some of the pictures in the threads in this list of links.

    You have a sand filter. Is there a "waste" setting? If you run the vacuum on waste, everything you suck up will get shot out to waste and not into the filter. Gone for good. It might be worth considering when you get home and see the stuff all settled out. You'll lose some water, too, but that would help lower the CYA level.

    Edit. Now I see the picture. Check for algae beneath the ladder rungs. Very common spot for it to linger. Also inside the ladder tubes. And behind lights.
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    Re: Reassurance

    You are heading there. Right now you are still on the up hill part-------getting it clear. Once it is almost clear your will be heading down hill but the hardest part-------getting it all the way clear!

    Keep it up. Test and top off FC as often as you can now that it is the weekend.

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    Re: Reassurance

    Looks like you are doing a great job following the SLAM process.

    I think you are close to being done and maybe just working on the filtration process right now.

    Have you ever Deep Cleaned your Sand Filter? I would do that to make sure it is working well and then you could consider Adding DE to your Sand Filter to help. Sand filters are the slowest to clear out the cloudiness.
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    Re: Reassurance

    Put in new sabd 2-3 years ago, and did clean it done this year. (Both priir to finding TFP) . Have not added DE yet, but have not rulled it out either.

    Richard , I do vacuum to waste. (Mot as much since finding out about CYA) I have a small leak and add about an inch of water 2-3 times aweek. Did not want to disturb CYA too much while slamming.
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    Re: Reassurance

    Also, Richard
    I have looked through the pics. Think my pool was used for some of those. Lol. I will try to find horror pics from 7 years ago when I moved in. Have read through a lot of the "links to keep up with" or something links that. Lots and lots of great info. Thanks
    Vickie
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    Re: Reassurance

    the pool is look great vickie, hang in there, you are doing perfect. Wont be long and it will be crystal clear!
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    Re: Reassurance

    Thanks Dave.
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    Re: Reassurance

    Making progress...
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    Re: Reassurance

    Bottom of deep end looks a little better than pic . Getting dark.
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    StaRite 300 lb sand filter with 1 hp Aqua Tools motor and pump.

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    Re: Reassurance

    WOW! YOU are doing it!

    Have we talked to you about adding DE to your sand filter to "polish" your water? It will help you filter out the rest of the small stuff.

    Here is a link on how to do it.

    Pool School - Add DE to a Sand Filter

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    Re: Reassurance

    Oh yeah, it's at the agonizing stage now.

    The first 90% takes 10% of the time. It's that last 10% that takes 90% of the time that drives you nuts.

    Since the vacuum's all hooked up, tilt it on it's side so it's wide open down there in the deep. Maybe it'll suck up more of the cloudy stuff and whisk it off to be filtered that way.
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    Re: Reassurance

    Thanks... Ran out of reagent yesterday morning.. Using a modified/OTO method to guess "high" level.. Can't find it local. ..... But managing. Can't overnight text until I get more though. .. Looks good this morning.
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    StaRite 300 lb sand filter with 1 hp Aqua Tools motor and pump.

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    Re: Reassurance

    Must have the K2006 since they are so stingy with the FAS-DPD reagents. You likely should order CYA refill too.
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    Re: Reassurance

    Jblizzle, you are right. I planned on ordering both. I knew the CYA was going to be an issue, needing to use so much. I just did not realize I was going to use the other that quick. But, luckily pool is clear. Just cautiously keeping levels up till I can test overnight.
    Vickie
    In Ground Fiberglass installed late 70s, 20K gal, Diving board, Main suction at bottom of pool and light have been removed and fiber-glassed over.
    StaRite 300 lb sand filter with 1 hp Aqua Tools motor and pump.

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