Recent content by max3dlee

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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    I've had PoolMath on my phone for a couple weeks now, but didnt understand what was going on with logs. I get it now and started using it last night instead of the online pool calculator and google sheets. Today I discovered PoolMath will tell me how to adjust, too. I've been using the...
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    well then.... lemme test that again. :) --update-- Nope, still 80 :(
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    Numbers this afternoon FC = 7 pH = 6.8 TA = 80 CYA = 80 Its been thunderstormin' this afternoon. I'd say that helped drop the CYA. It threw a bunch of leaves in the pool, so I supposed that helped with the pH - altho the jets have been pointed up all day too. I'm going to vacuum and run out a...
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    The CYA level when I started the slam was 30. I havent had a chance to adjust to the new CYA level. However, that CYA stuff is really sketchy. When I first learned to test water (about 2 weeks ago) it was 140-150. I tested it over and over, even doing the recommended dilution to test over...
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    Good morning! So last night I added 2 bottles of 10% bleach. This morning my readings are FC 7 CC 1 Ph > 6.8 (still yellow) Alk 80 I will add 1 bottle of bleach before I leave for work. I'm pretty anxious that the algae will come back!
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    Sorry - I had updated the stuff on Page 1, but they're over several posts. I'll post all numbers each time from now on. Will do. I pointed them down a few weeks ago because something I read said it would improve circulation. I just put 30lbs in. I'll turn an eye up and test again in the...
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    Added 30lb baking soda, TA is now 70! Ph is still too low to register. I have one tester that goes as low as 6.8 and its still not showing. PoolMath is telling me I need to add 207lb of Borax. I dont think thats feasible. :(
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    A-HA! I've been using the directions on TFTestkits.net (where I bought the add-on kit). The directions you provided explain a LOT. What bothered me was I have no idea what a "heaping" spoonfull should look like. The TFTestkits directions dont explain what I was supposed to initially fill the...
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    I just happen to have about 36lbs. I'll get'r'done now! Did that 2 weeks ago. CYA levels were over 140. Draining pool dropped it to about 50. Then the day before I wanted to start the SLAM it rained all day and my CYA dropped to > 30. Bought stabilizer and got it up to 30. It looks like rain...
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    Test results: FC >1 (didnt change color) TC = 1 Ph > 6.8 (turned yellow and stayed yellow after 60 drops for acid demand test) TA = ? Instead of turning green it went red CYA = 90 Now I'm kinda freaked out. I looked up what red meant and with the low Ph it says if you have a vinyl pool its...
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    Instead of going home for lunch to test levels I went to Walmart and got 12 bottles of bleach. If at all possible I will not be buying trichlor again :grrrr: Gotta stop at Leslies and get more reagent to test CYA. Why dont they just sell big bottles to begin with? Will post test results in a...
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    I bought the TF kit for DPD. Yes, trichlor Realizing I tried to shortcut it, I hate to say it, but I quit testing for FC and just tried to keep TC at above 10. Reading the table for shock levels vs. CYA I saw that I just had to keep shock level at 12-15, which is 10+. Let me tell you a...
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    Hi max3dlee:) I'll try to keep it all here :) So I started last Thursday, but because of work, couldnt keep at it more than 4-6 hours at a time Thurs and Friday. This weekend was pretty much every 2 hours. This is from my spreadsheet. I did do TC tests, but didnt start tracking them until...
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    How do I get rid of all this stuff?

    The landfill does do a hazardous waste day. I figured thats what I needed to do, but was just wondering. The big green trash can you take to the curb once a week! ;)
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    I've been doing a SLAM since last Thursday. I've gone from deep green, bubbling (some big as watermelons) swamp to the most beautiful light blue. So pretty I wanna get in, but... Its still opaque. I cant see more than 2.5' down. Thats a big improvement, but still. Any encouragement out there?