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    New here...1st test results

    Hi, I am new to the TFP method, I had been just letting my husband manage the pool chemistry (with the help of the pool store) for the past 2 years, but this year we had to do a full water drain and refill (from county water) due to a leak, so I decided to investigate what needed to be done to the new water and came across TFP. I realized we (or the husband) hadn't been keeping up our water chemistry all that well, so I have taken over the job. These are actually my 2nd set of test results because I wanted to get some CYA in the water before I posted anything, so I added that 7 days ago and here are my results from today:
    FC 6
    CC 0
    pH 7.8
    TA 80
    CH 50
    CYA 60
    salt 3000
    (fiberglass pool)

    Where should I go from here?
    4000 gal IG fiberglass (install 5/2013), 1.5hp Hayward pump, 325sqft Hayward cartridge filter (122GPM), Hayward Goldline Turbocell SWG, Hayward Aqua Plus automation with Aqua Pod remote, Polaris 360 pool cleaner, Taylor K-2006 test kit

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    Re: New here...1st test results

    It looks like you have hit things fairly close already, sorry I don't have time to write more at the moment, have to run.
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    Re: New here...1st test results

    Welcome Morpheus321, Isaac is a busy man or he would have answered in greater detail. But as he said your numbers look pretty good. Your PH and TA are at the high end for SWG pool. Your calcium (CH) is low for a fiberglass pool, though. Someone with a lot more knowledge than me will respond shortly I'm sure. In the mean time I suggest checking out pool school, especially pool chemistry, water balance for SWG. It will shed a lot of light on what you need to aim for. Again welcome aboard
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    Re: New here...1st test results

    What does your water look like?
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    Re: New here...1st test results

    water is clear

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    Re: New here...1st test results

    I'd lower your pH down to 7.2 with muriatic acid n keep an eye on it. As it rises up to 7.8, bring it back down. SWG have a tendency for pH to rise.
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    Re: New here...1st test results

    Glad you found TFP. WELCOME. I agree add some acid see the pool calc for amount. Do you have a good test kit as suggested here on TFP?
    Gunite/plaster pool w/spa built 1983, 17,000 gal. (depth 3' x 6' x 3') (37' X 16' +spa, stairs & large in-pool bench seat). Arneson (now Hayward) pool vac (rebuilt 3 or 4 times over 30 years), 350k BTU (nat gas) XE heater (in need of a serious herbal cleansing lol), 2HP Marathon pump & filter basket, DE filter NSS-48, air pump for spa bubbles, one skimmer plus in-line filter Hayward CANISTER W560 to the pool vac. Re-plastered May 2013 reinforced quartz (Marbletite) Diamond Bright. Test kit: Taylor K-2006; Bleach

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    Re: New here...1st test results

    Yes, using a Taylor K-2006 test kit.
    Since It looks like I need to add calcium to bring up my CH...will that have any effect on my pH?
    4000 gal IG fiberglass (install 5/2013), 1.5hp Hayward pump, 325sqft Hayward cartridge filter (122GPM), Hayward Goldline Turbocell SWG, Hayward Aqua Plus automation with Aqua Pod remote, Polaris 360 pool cleaner, Taylor K-2006 test kit

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    Re: New here...1st test results

    Also, this may be a really stupid question, but what do I need to use to measure muriatic acid?
    4000 gal IG fiberglass (install 5/2013), 1.5hp Hayward pump, 325sqft Hayward cartridge filter (122GPM), Hayward Goldline Turbocell SWG, Hayward Aqua Plus automation with Aqua Pod remote, Polaris 360 pool cleaner, Taylor K-2006 test kit

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    Re: New here...1st test results

    You could use an old plastic milk jug and mark the side for 1pt. 1qt. 2 qt. or an large plastic kitchen measuring (4cups) size... If you are good at estimating the amount used then mark the side of the acid plastic jug. Just avoid getting on clothes or shoes. Never add water to acid Always add acid to water.
    Gunite/plaster pool w/spa built 1983, 17,000 gal. (depth 3' x 6' x 3') (37' X 16' +spa, stairs & large in-pool bench seat). Arneson (now Hayward) pool vac (rebuilt 3 or 4 times over 30 years), 350k BTU (nat gas) XE heater (in need of a serious herbal cleansing lol), 2HP Marathon pump & filter basket, DE filter NSS-48, air pump for spa bubbles, one skimmer plus in-line filter Hayward CANISTER W560 to the pool vac. Re-plastered May 2013 reinforced quartz (Marbletite) Diamond Bright. Test kit: Taylor K-2006; Bleach

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