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    Pool Just Opened - A Few Q’s

    As you suspected, the FC dropped to 8 by yesterday afternoon. We then measured the pH at 7.1 and the TA at 50. We are picking up some Borax to raise the pH and have some baking soda to raise the TA. Is it okay to turn on the heat pump now, or should we wait to get those levels right? Can we...
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    Pool Just Opened - A Few Q’s

    We just successfully completed the OCLT. FC was at 12 last night, and was still at 12 this morning. CC held at .5. The water is crystal clear. Can we consider the SLAM complete? Do we need to let the FC drift down to normal levels before using the pool? Assume we also need to test pH and TA...
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    Pool Just Opened - A Few Q’s

    Yesterday we started the day with FC of 3.5 but had it between 11 and 14.5 the rest of the day. It was down to 4.0 this morning but we had heavy thunderstorms and a power outage last evening. The water is looking pretty clear now but isn't quite there yet.
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    Pool Just Opened - A Few Q’s

    Started the day at FC of 1.5 but it went up to 9.5 by the second test and has now been hanging around 11. The CC has been zero but was back to .5 just now. We’ve using CYA of 30 (targeting FC of 12 for the SLAM) since that’s around what it’s been other than that one test. The pool is definitely...
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    Pool Just Opened - A Few Q’s

    Yes, we are still on SLAM. No ammonia issues that I’m aware of. Not sure if we need to do something different to get to 10 ppm chlorine, if that comment was intended for me. I remember last year we needed to do a big blast of chlorine at one point and am wondering if that will be needed again...
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    Pool Just Opened - A Few Q’s

    Brushed hard and tested again. FC dropped to 1. Added another 2.5 gals of chlorine which is all we have left until we restock in the morning. We have a tree that started dropping a lot of debris today which may not be helping. We’re trying to keep the pool is clean as we can though.
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    Pool Just Opened - A Few Q’s

    FC is now down to 1.5 and CC is down to .5. Brush before adding the next round of chlorine?
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    Pool Just Opened - A Few Q’s

    The pump is at 2800 but can turn it up to 3000 or higher if that would be good. The water doesn't really stink of chlorine. The chlorine itself doesn't smell as much as I remember it but we're told that it's fresh. The CC is at 4.0. I also confirmed that the 27k gal estimate should be pretty close.
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    Pool Just Opened - A Few Q’s

    The FC is still hovering between 3.5 and 4. CYA is between 30 and 35. It looks like there now some little oil slicks on the surface of the pool. Anything to be concerned about?
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    Pool Just Opened - A Few Q’s

    Ok, I'll turn the chlorinator off now. Glad I mentioned that.
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    Pool Just Opened - A Few Q’s

    Yes, those organics have chowed on many gallons of the stuff so farand I've been starting to wonder if they'll ever be satisfied. Can't wait to get to that crystal clear water! :) I'm thinking about whether we should do anything different with the chlorinator, which uses chlorine pucks. I...
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    Pool Just Opened - A Few Q’s

    Will do. Just added another 2.5 gals. Thinking of trying to step up the frequency to every 60 or 90 minutes to see if we can get on top it. We haven't been able to get back to anywhere near the target FC since last night.
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    Pool Just Opened - A Few Q’s

    Just did another FC test and chlorine add. FC was back down to 4. Added another 2.5 gals per app recommendation. Confirmed with the local hardware store that the liquid chlorine was fresh this season but they don't have a date (and there doesn't appear to be one on the label).
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    Pool Just Opened - A Few Q’s

    We added more CYA yesterday afternoon to try to get it up to 30. Seems like there was a bit of a lag and it overshot the mark. We haven't drained any water and actually added some yesterday since the level was getting a little low due to the back-washing. We just tested FC again ~15 minutes...
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    Pool Just Opened - A Few Q’s

    The FC was back down to 2.0 this morning (from 13 last night). CC was unchanged at 3.5 and CYA was up to 40. Followed the app's recommendation and just added another 3 gals of chlorine. Also just vacuumed and brushed again. It's been unusually warm here for this time of year (~90 degrees) so...