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    NEWBIE - just tested for first time - Need help please! :)

    Hi. I have an inground gunite pool 22,000g. Recently drained and refilled it. Added some Clorox and baking soda yesterday and have a sock full of stabilizer in the return. Purchased a Taylor K-2006 today and just tested. Here are my results. Could you please suggest what I need to do next and in what order? We are having a pool party Saturday (I know - to late to cancel) and I am trying to get the water correct. Right now it looks clear.

    4 ppm FC
    .5 ppm CC
    pH was less than 7 (color was lighter than the 7 reading)
    50ppm total alkalinity test
    25 ppm Cyanuric test (had to fill to the very top for black dot to go away)

    Any help would be appreciated. And I am a newbie so if you can explain in easy terms I would appreciate it. Thanks in advance for your help!!
    In ground Guinite pool 22,000g. Hayward filter system, using Taylor K-2006 for testing, totally new to this whole pool thing. Located in Tennessee.

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    Re: NEWBIE - just tested for first time - Need help please! :)

    Add baking soda to raise the TA to 70ppm
    Check pH to make sure it is in the 7s (add borax to raise it if needed).
    How much CYA did you add? Did you use PoolMath and what was your target?

    Maintain the FC above the minimum for your CYA according to the FC/CYA Chart.
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    Re: NEWBIE - just tested for first time - Need help please! :)

    Welcome Whitney!

    Hope all goes well for your party. I am new at this. Your numbers look great to me for a starting point. follow JB's advice.

    CYA added to the pool may take awhile to show up on your test after you add it to the pool. So, don't overdo it. Just trust the amount specified in Pool Math.
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    Re: NEWBIE - just tested for first time - Need help please! :)

    thanks everyone for the advice. I think I will just try to raise my pH and wait to see what my CYA is tomorrow since I just added it last night. According the poolmath my FC should be 4 which is what I measured. Should I add some more chlorine to try to raise it a bit?
    In ground Guinite pool 22,000g. Hayward filter system, using Taylor K-2006 for testing, totally new to this whole pool thing. Located in Tennessee.

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    Re: NEWBIE - just tested for first time - Need help please! :)

    CYA may take a week to show up on the test. Did you use liquid or solid? How did you add it?
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    Re: NEWBIE - just tested for first time - Need help please! :)

    I used solid. I filled up 2 socks. One I placed in the skimmer basket. The other is hanging I the pool in front of a jet. Is this correct?

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    That is fine, just no need to test for a week. Assume you are at your target.
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    Re: NEWBIE - just tested for first time - Need help please! :)

    Great thanks. So do u think should I add more clorax?

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    Re: NEWBIE - just tested for first time - Need help please! :)

    Yes, assume that your CYA is at the level you added and keep the chlorine level at target and never let it drop below the minimum level.
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