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    Pool test kit

    I have the Taylor test kit, but I think TF Test Kits weren't around at the time. It's very similar to the TF-100. One thing to consider is where you get refills. My experience is that residential pool stores don't carry the refills. Either I go to a commercial pool store or order refills from TF...
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    Eye Sting when pH and CC look good

    That's an interesting observation. He uses goggles less than others, so it could be a habit he's not aware of. I'll see if I remember to watch for that. Not with a real cover. I've been using Heatsavr liquid pool cover.
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    Eye Sting when pH and CC look good

    Thanks. I checked and sunscreen isn't currently in use. Hmmm...but that did question bring up a different issue we need to remind our children of :)
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    Eye Sting when pH and CC look good

    One of my children frequently complains about eye sting from using the pool. Others may notice a minor irritation, but he seems especially sensitive. I'm trying to figure out if there's a way to improve the pool. Here are my test results from today: FC 7.5 CC 0.0 pH 7.4 TA 60 CH 450...
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    Time to SLAM Again and Why Do I Lose CYA?

    I appreciate your idea here of targeting 7 FC. I've probably been more around 5-6. I'll try aiming higher after I finish my next SLAM.
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    Time to SLAM Again and Why Do I Lose CYA?

    A few weeks after I successfully completed a , it looks like it's time to do one again. I've been needing to add more chlorine recently and just did an and it failed :(. I understand there's a constant battle going on between the chlorine molecules and other uninvited organisms that want to...
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    Hayward Slide DE Valve Leaks

    Last time I backwashed my filter, the Hayward slide DE valve wouldn't move back into place after backwashing. I unscrewed the top and was able to pull it out and get it moving again; however, now it's leaking from the top (where the plunger goes up and down, not the threads). It looked like...
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    How many days of SLAM/OCLT?

    For the record, I backwashed the filter and cleaned out my vial, magnetic stirrer, and Sample Sizer several times. I also vacuumed out the pool filler chamber. The test chemicals were brand new. I'm going to call my successful this morning, but I'm wondering about inconsistent test results...
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    How many days of SLAM/OCLT?

    Last night I cleaned out behind the light. There was some black stuff. Whether it was algae or dirt, I don't know. It didn't seem slimy. A neighbor re-roofed a few months ago and I got a lot of very dark debris in the pool from that. What was behind the light may have been from that. Anyhow, the...
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    How many days of SLAM/OCLT?

    Thanks. I've been turning on SWG during the day. I turned it off. It will drop. I've been SLAMing at the CYA 60 level just because that dot test is sometimes frustrating to make sure you have it right.
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    How many days of SLAM/OCLT?

    Thanks for your thoughts. I have cleaned out the light once before from in the pool. I haven't tried it from out of the pool. I guess more important right now, if it's safe to swim at SLAM levels (FC 23 this morning), should I let the kids in? They're dying for a swim and some friends are...
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    How many days of SLAM/OCLT?

    Not the results I was hoping for this morning: OCLT loss of 2.0 :sick: When OCLT FC Loss 1st Night: Saturday - Sunday 3.0 2nd Night: Sunday - Monday 2.0 3rd Night: Monday - Tuesday 1.5 4th Night: Tuesday - Wednesday (today) 2.0 After @Richard320 recommended running water through...
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    How many days of SLAM/OCLT?

    CYA was at 60 last time I checked maybe 4-5 weeks ago and now it's more like 50. Since I failed the , I thought I'd try to deal with that problem before putting in more conditioner.
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    How many days of SLAM/OCLT?

    Thanks for your thoughts. I flushed out the umbrella holder yesterday, but didn't consider some of these other things. I'm also running some water through my pool cleaner line now. I try to do that periodically (as I use a mechanical cleaner), but hadn't thought to do so at this time.
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    How many days of SLAM/OCLT?

    My pool water has been clear and looked fine; however, I've felt that I've been having to add a lot liquid chlorine to help my SWG. I looked at my records and saw that I've also been running my SWG slightly higher than usual. I kept things in order by adding liquid chlorine through a few parties...