Recent content by ndakotaninja

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    Calcium testing with new reagents

    I just got them a couple weeks ago (july 4th sale I think?) and they've been inside the A/C house, so shouldn't be an issue there. This is the first time i've used the full set to test since I got it. I tested based on OTPirate's suggestion of wiping the tip off between drops. I tested 4 more...
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    Calcium testing with new reagents

    Hi all, I opened my pool this year with no issues, balanced things fine, and everything was balanced fine. I was using my reagents I bought last ~August to test things and all levels are in range of what I expected. There was a sale on refill kit a couple weeks ago so I bought a new set of...
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    pH over Winter

    I've always balanced out the standard chemicals using the pool math (ph/FC/TA/CYA/CH/Salt), but I'm not familiar with CSI. I see it on the Pool Math, but I haven't actively tried changing values to get that in range. I have always tried to get my other chemicals in the recommended ranges. I just...
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    pH over Winter

    I had my pool replastered in the beginning of 2017. We had issues that summer with pH/CH rising all summer. I was continuously draining the pool and adding muriatic acid to keep the pH in range (1-2 gallons a week). When we closed the pool, all the chemicals were balanced. I did everything the...
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    one main drain bubbling more than other main drain when blowing out

    I believe the 2 main drains are directly connected together by a pipe and the second drain is for safety. If something blocks the first drain, it can still pull water in through the second drain and doesn't form a vacuum, holding whatever (or whomever) is blocking the first drain. So when you...
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    Residue on new plaster

    It's the TF-100 test kit. It has the Taylor K-1000 blue box for the pH/chlorine tests. I still haven't heard back from the builder, so i'll probably have to do sanding on the spa to clear the scale. The pool residue cleared up most of the way after several days of the filter running. It took 5...
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    Residue on new plaster

    Yes, I was wondering if anyone had any luck removing scaling without an acid wash or damaging their finish in the process by grinding it down. I've contacted the guy who redid it, and since the spa is the only thing with scaling, we could easily drain it and refill it if needed, so hopefully he...
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    Residue on new plaster

    The readings for the pool before i drained it were: ph- 7.8 fc - 7 cc - 0 CH - 500 TA - 50 Reviewed my notes, i was draining it about every 3 weeks below the skimmer line to drop the CH. pH i was going through about a gallon every week or 2. I opened the pool today and fortunately it's not as...
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    Residue on new plaster

    I got my pool re-plastered last April with a dark blue. We had some issues with it after the replaster, namely discolorations/staining, as well as both CH and pH rising consistently over the summer. I was going through about a gallon of acid a week to keep the pH in check. I also asked about the...
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    Calcium levels in replaster

    So I understand that being the case as it starts curing, but should it still be rising at this point, over 2 months after the systems's up and running when the pH is at normal levels?
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    Calcium levels in replaster

    No acid wash. They finished, then filled it and i added the acid to it. Interesting post about CH. I tested the water as soon as it was put in from the truck, nothing was out of the ordinary. Original CH was 125, TA 0. Once the acid startup (a week) finished, I raised the pH to ~6.5, added...
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    Calcium levels in replaster

    @pooldv, I'm not running any additional aeration, and I'm okay with CH rising over the first few months, but the question is, is going from ~250 to 525 over 2 months normal? @Foxy, it's a blue plaster composite with quartz addition. I forget the brand, but I can find that out if you want. No...
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    Calcium levels in replaster

    33,000 gallons, so we got trucks delivered with the addition of the garden hose. i haven't tested my tap water...are you asking about that purely if i filled the pool with tap water, or do you want me to check regardless? I think i have run the hose into the pool once this year for a couple...
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    Calcium levels in replaster

    I don't think I've ever paid attention to that section of Pool Math, so I didn't realize it was there. At my current levels, it says -0.11, which seems perfectly fine. And yes, in my previous questions regarding startup/pH issues, that was one of the things I read. I followed that during the...
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    Calcium levels in replaster

    Here is a picture of the darker discoloration I'm getting, right in the corner area. It's also on the sides of the walls and is coming out in several areas in a 'drip' pattern, like if you took a paint roller filled with paint over a wall and let the extra drip to the bottom. I tried to take...