Recent content by blx286

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    Making the switch

    Thanks and thanks for your help. The water is now awesome. I guess I could never get the Baq right (or maybe I did and that's just the way it was). It looked nice and clear from the surface, but if you put on goggles, you could always see a ton of little things floating in the water and it was...
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    Making the switch

    Hi Karen, Welcome to the forum. No worries once you have some good test numbers as a baseline. Just post your test results and ask a ton of questions. Everyone is here to help and they were more patient with my questions than my family was with waiting to go swimming :) Just a heads up on the...
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    It's official. I am cursed.

    We have had a cold front move through North Texas. It has been in the low triple digits, but today it is 99 degrees. Should be back to triple digits tomorrow. Water temp has been low to mid 90's during the day.
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    Conversion - how do pool stores do it?

    I was told at a local Leslie's to add 2 - 1lb bags of chlorine shock. If that doesn't work, add another 2 bags a few days later until the Baq is gone. I had a Rec Warehouse (I was there to get a refund on an ionizer that I didn't install, thanks TFP) tell me to use 2 - 1lb bags of non-chlorine...
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    Making the switch

    Jason, Thanks for all the help and the work you put into this forum. It took two more days for the FC to finally hold. Went through the remaining steps, finished the conversion and the water is awesome. All told, I think it only took 54 bottles of bleach. Thanks again, Tim
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    Making the switch

    Jason, Thanks for the fast response. I guess I have just been impatient. That and my FC level isn't always setting at 15 for the last test of the night (it was 13.5 last night). I guess I have been focusing on an FC of 15 and the 1ppm or less drop. I should just be watching for the 1ppm or less...
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    Making the switch

    I still have not got this conversion complete yet and need some more direction. I have been following the calculator and adding bleach during the day, but I get a lot of direct sunlight (I live in Texas, near Dallas, and the pool has no shade at all) and my FC drops drastically. I also have not...
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    Making the switch

    Thanks for the tip on the CH test. I think I got it right this time, but it's still high. Here are the numbers as of 10:30pm. FC - 15 CC - 1.5 PH - 7.2 TA - 110 CH - 325 CYA - 0 Will be testing first thing in the morning for the FC overnight test. Thanks, Tim
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    Making the switch

    Day Four (Friday)- Ran the FC overnight test and I lost more than 1ppm, but it looks like I'm almost there. I have readjusted the bleach level (per the calculator) and will try the FC test again today. When I get home this evening I will run all the tests and post the numbers. I do have...
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    Making the switch

    Thanks for the quick replies. After reading your post, it seems I ran the CH test wrong. I will run the FC and CH tests in the morning and check back in. Tim
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    Making the switch

    My wife hasn't put in any bleach since about 2:00pm. I tested the water at 6:30pm and here is what I have: FC - 15 CC - 1.5 PH - 7.4 TA - 150 CH - 430 CYA - 0 (I guess this is 0, the test never got cloudy) I could use some guidance. So, do I continue with the same bleach schedule? Do I need to...
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    Making the switch

    Day Three (Thursday)- I was running late this morning, so I added Bleach and hit the road. Wife was adding 2 bottles of Bleach per hour up until lunch time (roughly 4 hours). I asked her to stop the Bleach during the heat of the day. I will test the water when I get home, upload a pic of the...
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    Making the switch

    Day One (Tuesday)- Got my K-2006 kit, bought MA at Lowes, then off to Wal-Mart for Bleach. I bought 16 - 182oz bottles ($2.54 ea) to start with. I actually got them to sell them by the case (no price discount though). The guy that brought me me cases said that I couldn't buy ammonia or certain...
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    Making the switch

    I followed the link from the Test Kit compared page to make sure I get the right one. I am not home during the day, so I will have to start this evening. Thanks again for the help.
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    Making the switch

    Thanks for the welcome and the fast replies. I found the thread about the water test kits and I am going to try and find the Leslie's kit on the way home today (the wife and grandkids don't want to wait on mail order). I do have several more questions: How long do I wait after I add the MA...