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    Thanks Guys!

    I just wanted to post to say thank you to those of you actively participating and giving advice here.

    Over the past two summers, I've been trying to take care of our pool with really no knowledge whatsoever. My girlfriend and I are renting her parents old house, which came with a 23k gallon in-ground pool and spa. The only thing anyone told me to do was keep chlorine tabs in the skimmers and shock it once a week. Well, no freaking wonder we've been disappointed over and over and over...

    Over the winter we just shut everything off (again, not knowleadgable to the possible consequences) thinking that we'd be less likely to break the pool even more than if we left it all on. We were very very wrong. Ice damage destroyed the filter and all the valves on the pressure side. Fed up, I came and found this place to get myself on the right track.

    With the help of TFP I learned what kind of equipment to buy and how to install it. I did all the plumbing myself and now have a very good understanding of how it all works. Though frustrating, I was able to get the water filtering again. Now to the green swampy mess...

    At first, and still naive, I thought simply having new filter cartridges would clear up the cloudy green mess in a few days, as long as I shocked it. Nah, not even close. But now that I had found with a place with good info readily available. I came back and started reading up. I bought a test kit, and ordered the chemicals I'd need to balance the water, this time saving probably 50% over the last time we visited the pool store. I even learned how to vacuum the pool. I was diligent all weekend, testing every few hours and applying what was necessary. I vacuumed. I blind skimmed for leaves that may have been lurking beneath and pulled net after net of green shlop and leaves.

    I eventually went to bed disappointed once more. Though the chlorine was taking hold, it just didn't look any better. I had reserved myself to forking over the money to have someone do it for me. I just couldn't keep spinning my wheels.

    Well guys, I woke up this morning and it was blue, and almost crystal clear. I could easily see the bottom in the deep end, which is roughly 8'6" deep. Though there were still a few bunches of dead algae sitting on the bottom, this was 100x better than I've seen it in a long time.

    So thank you TFP! You guys are great!

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    Re: Thanks Guys!

    Welcome to TFP!!

    Great story. Stick with it, you are almost done.
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    Re: Thanks Guys!

    Patience and perseverance pays off again! Congratulation to you! Now you know to make sure all 3 SLAM objectives are met right:
    1. Water is clear
    2. You do not lose any more than 1ppm of FC overnight (that's the OCLT)
    3. CC (Combined Chlorine) is <.5
    ** You MUST meet ALL 3 items above to properly complete a SLAM. Otherwise there’s a good chance your algae will return.

    After the SLAM is complete, keep that FC level at its recommended level to prevent the green monster from returning. Enjoy your pool and summer!
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    Re: Thanks Guys!

    Thanks!

    While I'm here and posting, is it ok for me to ask a question, or do I need to make a new thread?

    We didn't chlorinate all winter. So when I began the process I used a test strip (which I didn't know was expired until after I started applying chemicals, not sure if that matters). It seemed my CYA was very low, if not 0. So I added about 8lbs of dry stabilizer, and a few extra chlorine pucks to hopefully raise it to a good level (I used the Pool Pal app to calculate the amount). Then my Taylor k-2005 kit arrived, but I have yet to learn how to use it completely in order to test CYA.

    My free chlorine is high, but so is my CC. Like they are almost the same. I think I may have made a hiccup. What's the process for fixing that?

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    Re: Thanks Guys!

    Keep everything together so we know what is going on.

    Well, the K-2005 kit has a limitation of 5ppm chlorine, so that is a problem as you will need to test above that level. Pick up a FAS/DPD test to make your kit the same as a K-2006.

    You need to watch the video to learn how to properly conduct the CYA test, because that number is the basis for your pool care. The video is for the TF-100 test kit, but conducting ht etest is similar, you just have different sized bottles in you K-2005.
    TFP Moderator 39 X 18 23,000(ish) freeform gunite; built 2007ish; Pentair Triton II TR100 600lb Sand filter; 2 HP Pentair pump with 2.2 HP AO Smith single speed motor; 2 skimmers, 1 main drain, 4 returns w/waterfall, Stenner 45MHP2 3GPD running@ 60% - 15 gal Tank; heated by the sun CYA 200+ when I started - 50 now. Dolphin Supreme M5 Pool Cleaner. Hot Springs SX Spa, 285 gallon

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