Recent content by Amama

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    Give up on above ground pool?

    Ok, thanks. I had calculated the pump we needed based on gallons of water and came up with that one as fine, but I'll look into something different. So just to clarify, if we had a better pump, that would take care of the problem? Thanks
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    Give up on above ground pool?

    I have chronic pain so the pool is good for me, especially with pools not opening possibly this summer because of Covid. However, we've had a really hard time with our above-ground pool, and spent way too much on it so far. When we moved into the house it hadn't been used for a while, so...
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    CYA testing/adding troubles

    Great, thanks!
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    CYA testing/adding troubles

    Thank you, yes I do use the sock method as I read about it on here last year and didn't want to damage our skimmer/filter. I'll try the 20 ppm more. I was aiming for a lower level of CYA (30ppm) so I wouldn't have to use as much bleach. Thanks
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    CYA testing/adding troubles

    We just recently got our pool filled for the summer after having to buy a liner and new pump. I added CYA aiming for a level of 30 last week, and found out I was out of CYA reagent, so got it today, and it was close to being measured, but I filled the tester as full as I could and the black...
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    Chlorine tabs good idea or not? Says will also lower pH, will lower TA?

    Ok, skip the pucks:) We do have a Menards now, I"ll look for the shock you mentioned. My PoolSchool app has target pH at 7.2. I thought it shouldn't go above 7.4, so that's when I've been adding muriatic acid. Muriatic acid is the more costly thing so far, about 6.00/gallon. Thanks
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    Chlorine tabs good idea or not? Says will also lower pH, will lower TA?

    So I could use the pucks for a little while though until the CYA is around 50? I'm spending a lot weekly on chlorine and muriatic acid, so the pucks might help me get to a more manageable pH and TA sounds like?
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    Chlorine tabs good idea or not? Says will also lower pH, will lower TA?

    The previous owners left an unopened 40lb bucket of chlorine tablets and I'm wondering if I should be using those? Says to use 1/week in the skimmer. So far I'm using 10% liquid chlorine and have to put in about half a gallon each night to keep FC between 4-7. It's always 2.0 after kids swim...
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    Bad test results, from rain water?

    Thanks, I'll try that.
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    Bad test results, from rain water?

    FC was 8.0 last night, 7.5 this morning.
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    Basic maintenance steps?

    Thank you, that's what I was looking for but couldn't find it with the forum search for some reason.
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    Bad test results, from rain water?

    Yes, you can see a dime and I can see the bottom well. It just didn't seem as clear as last week, but it has way more chlorine now than it did a week ago (FC was 1). I can post a pic. What is OCLT?
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    Basic maintenance steps?

    We are finally getting the pool where it needs to be with consistent FC and pH numbers. I was just wondering what the basic maintenance daily/weekly is for most people because i'm running out of testing reagents quickly. I'm thinking I should check FC daily, and maybe pH? Then CYA weekly...
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    Bad test results, from rain water?

    Finished the slam the other day, free chlorine isn't dropping much overnight. Confused about the CYA level, seems like I should be able to check it once and it should stay pretty constant. I do the same thing each time, but it changes. It was 50 the other day, today was about 35(so I think I...
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    Bad test results, from rain water?

    One more question, pooldv, you said "Then add 30 ppm CYA, adjust pH to 7.2 and SLAM the pool to kill the algae and bacteria." I've read I need to wait a week after adding to get accurate CYA levels, so am I getting the pool to 30ppm over that week before adjusting pH, or just adding the CYA now...