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    Coleman Garden Hose Drain Adapter

    Thanks everyone. I don't recall getting an adaptor with the pool. I tried the Intex hose adaptor and it did not fit correctly. I had to resort to the ole siphon method and I have to say, it worked better than if I would have connected a garden hose to the drain at the bottom of the pool. I...
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    Coleman Garden Hose Drain Adapter

    This may seem like an obvious question but i've gone to two pool stores and hardware stores and cannot find a solution. Is there a specific connector/adaptor to hook up a garden hose to the drain at the bottom of the pool? Both the pool & hardware stores keep saying its not a standard thread...
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    Help Making More Sense of My Results

    @duraleigh Glad to hear I'm not alone haha I'm re-reading this thread and wondering what it is that I do know. Your explanation definitely makes it more clear about the basics in a simple form. My wife hears the word bleach and momma bear comes out to defend. I have to figure out how to word it...
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    Help Making More Sense of My Results

    I have been slowly re-reading some of the content in pool school. Admittedly, I don't think I fully realized the fact that it is a chlorine pool at the end of the day. I thought I was more familiar with the process but I guess not.
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    Help Making More Sense of My Results

    Excellent point and addition, thank you @Yev. My kids had terrible eczema and it would always flare up after them swimming in chlorine pools. The saltwater is much gentler on their skin. I don't have an exact answer as to why but the difference is unquestionable. We jumped through A LOT of...
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    Help Making More Sense of My Results

    Fair enough. I am definitely more on top of it now than I was. Until the next full set of test results, many, many thanks.
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    Help Making More Sense of My Results

    Understood. Thank you @mknauss . Im trying to understand better. Last year, I had a 16'x48" and ran the pump for 5 hours a day and never had a low chlorine issue. Only 1 time IIRC, did I have to use PH up or down but aside from that, all the numbers were within range. Can this be chalked up...
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    Help Making More Sense of My Results

    @mknauss My power company is going to love me lol Are you sure you don't work with them? 👀 Shock will be added. 1.5 gallons is still the recommendation? I usually rely on the FAS-DPD test anyway but was actually surprised to see the quick test showed a change. With the salt test, the higher #...
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    Help Making More Sense of My Results

    Sooooo.... We decided to let the pump run for about 20 or so hours straight. I had to work and knew my wife wouldn't use the shock in the pool unless I insisted and I was there. I did the quick K-1000 test and wouldn't you know, the chlorine level was between 2 and 3. See attachment. Before this...
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    Help Making More Sense of My Results

    @PoolNewb2020 this was my exact response. I understand where she was coming from and share the same concerns but explained that algae would be a bigger issue requiring more chemicals to remedy if it gets to that. I greatly appreciate the knowledge and direction from the members here. This...
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    Help Making More Sense of My Results

    Update... Minor setback. My wife nearly had a coronary when she saw what I was trying to put in the pool lol my kids have skin issues so the salt allows them to enjoy the pool. We have been lucky in not needing many chemicals except for the UV protection. When I explained our pool balance...
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    Help Making More Sense of My Results

    Thank you @mknauss Should I add this while the filter is running? Should this be spread around the pool or somewhere near the pool intake to circulate through the filter? What is a safe timeframe to resume swimming after the bleach is added?
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    Help Making More Sense of My Results

    Thank you folks, appreciate the responses. I always feel like I'm asking questions I should know the answers for but some things just don't click sometimes. Got it on the chlorine. I will add it ASAP. Is household bleach acceptable? What is the quick math used to determine how much...
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    Help Making More Sense of My Results

    I've been doubting my ability to properly test my own pool and have been bringing my water to the pool store to back me up. Their results last week had me add about 2.5 pounds of UV protector (cyanuric acid) as the chlorine was low? I didn't get a chance to ask why as it was busy and I typically...