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  1. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    I took that culator out today. It looked like it might explode as it was nearly bursting out of the plastic cage. Their website says to squeeze the air out of it but there is no air in it. It feels solid. Should I get a new one? It seems to be doing quite a good job of catching something, metal...
  2. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    I just went down to peep at it and it is absolutely stunning to see the difference. It is literally becoming brighter and so much cleaner. Those stains have been in that pool for so long. I never thought it could look like this. Happy, Happy even with the brushing backache!
  3. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    I lowered the ph today. It’s 7.6 now and I think the TA went down too but who knows with the wacky results. I am stunned at how much the TFP methodology is cleaning up my pool. I feel so very grateful. I know bromine users are a little out of place here but everyone has gone out of their way to...
  4. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    Still brushing. Here are some pics of the wee nasties. Not sure there’s any improvement. FC is still 20 and the rest of my tests are hard to trust. Ph says 7.8 and TA says 220. CH is 220. Should I trust these tests and lower the PH/TA? Filter was again full of light coffee colored stuff. I can...
  5. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    I just got my new agent for Taylor so I could test the FC properly again. The FC is 20! But if my CYA is actually 50, then that matches the chart. I haven’t added any bleach for two days. I will let it slide down and stop adding bleach as the Black algae directions in pool school say to keep...
  6. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    I won’t do it. I started seeing them when the pool started clearing and I began brushing them like crazy. I only have a 5 in brush right now so that is fun. I ordered a 10 in one to help with coverage without getting too big to be able to scrub. I put a tri-chlor puck on a few of the specks with...
  7. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    Crystal clear water and FC holding at 12 and CC at 0. I think I am done. New problem. I have some black specks in the shady corners that I am afraid might be black algae. I scraped one off and put it on a white napkin and it smeared a little bit. It did not look green, just grayish black. I have...
  8. Briar

    Some of my pool pics

    Wow! I love your style! Sanctuary deluxe!
  9. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    I only used MPS shock once several months ago. I use Nat Chem’s Perfect Pool Phosfree once a week so I’m wondering if that might have CYA in it. It’s a head scratcher. Bromine tabs wouldn’t have it. Bleach doesn’t have it. I don’t use stabilizer. I used Metal Free and then Jack’s Magic Blue...
  10. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    Not crystal yet. Still has a wee bit of a blue hue. I have 24 lbs of Robelle Calcium Up. Don’t know why I bought that this time. I’ve always used the ProTeam. I guess it is the same stuff. I will wait and add it as soon as pool goes crystal. Thank you for helping me thru this process. I truly...
  11. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    Ok, that helps. No wonder I am fumbling with the CYA test. So I will go for a target of 10. That’s good. A little easier to hit that. I think it is coming around. I still have the pesky stains so the whole thing AA was kind of a waste. But, I would not have found TFP if I had not tried it. I...
  12. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    I never added CYA. Pool was switched over to bromine about 3 years ago. What would cause a CYA reading other than CyA? If I am using liquid chlorine to SLAM the pool, what parameters would I use to calculate the bleach? Just use a zero factor for CYA in the chart? Maybe I should not be trying to...
  13. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    It is a bromine pool. Am I testing for something that isn’t there? I know I need a CYA level to compute a slam. I’m so confused.
  14. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    I am a big goober with this testing thing. I just tested CYA with my Taylor and got a 20 reading. Tested with LaMotte and got a 39. I was doing the test incorrectly with Taylor kit and getting readings around 50. Not sure I do any better at LaMotte as you have to crush that tablet completely...
  15. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    Todays fun is false ph readings with Taylor. In the morning test ph was 7.6. Afternoon test and it had jumped off scale to way over 8. Tested with LaMotte and it read 7.5. I read some threads where this happens during a SLAM so I did not worry too much. Last night I lost 2ppm FC so that was a...
  16. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    This is my sanctuary. Amazon keeps me from doing without the necessaries and I’m with you on the stars. City life was made for my twenties. I just want to live on top of my mountain now and let the rest of the world slide on by.
  17. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    You are giggling at my city thing. I live in a tiny mountain town outside of Asheville so when we need supplies we have to drive in. It is funny to me too after living so many years in Manhattan and now calling Asheville the big city.
  18. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    Thanks for the encouragement! I don’t know what kind of mess I have made with this stain removing process. I have a bunch of stuff in there I never use. Sequestrants and acids and the like. Normal times it is easy. I add Pool Perfectphosfree once a week and keep tabs in the bromine feeder, run...
  19. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    Okie Dokie. I will go and get more bleach. I cleared our wee town out of appropriate bleach so I will go into the city for more and keep adding. Looks like I need a lot.
  20. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    I don’t have access to get cal hypo without ordering it and that would take until next week to get here. I have a box full of MPS and I know u said to stop using that in plaster pool due to sulphates. Do you think it would be ok to use it to shock the pool this time to clear what nasties lurk...
  21. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    I think the scent will go away when I am done adding gobs of chlorine and get the bromine evened out. It never puts out any scent. Just have to keep door closed while it is super chlorinated for now. I will get a speedstir. Maybe my results are not mixing properly and that is why they are all...
  22. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    I ordered more agent tf100 as you suggested as I am nearly out. It eats that small kit pretty quickly. I’ll get more bleach today. Pool is starting to have that ick scent. Should I order that Proteam Supreme Plus for borates? I think I would love that stability and feel in the water.
  23. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    Only 6% bleach. I added quite a bit yesterday. I think it was about 4 gallons over the day.
  24. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    Day 12 and I can see the main drains. I am hopeful. I still lost 7ppm of FC last night so I know I have to keep the process going. I have to go to another town nearby to get more bleach. Question: My CYA is going up and because it is indoor pool, no uv to help burn that off. Am I creating...
  25. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    I cleaned the filter out and did not add any back in. I’m not sure how much of the cloudiness still in the water is from algae/organics or the gobs of AA and metal sequestrants I added. Probably both. I’ll just keep adding prescribed bleach amount until the FC holds and hopefully the cloudiness...
  26. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    Ok. That helps. I will use Taylor 2006 to post here so my test results are not under a cloud. And the ColorQ will be great when I get things back to normal. I don’t have a stir thingy that I see people posting about so I guess my swirling manually suffices. I can’t believe how much I have...
  27. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    I think it will be easier to test and I will likely use it more. Not sure if it is as accurate, have heard arguments on both sides on that. But I can be a goober when I am testing so this seems less apt for user error. I tested with both one after the other and the results were very close. I...
  28. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    My LaMotte ColorQ Pro7 digital test kit came today and we are going to be good friends😜
  29. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    Ok. Wow. Thanks for that. So I will add more bleach and change out that filter fiber media as it is raising my pressure at a pretty quick clip. My understanding is to change media/clean filter after 25% rise in pressure. I can actually see the vac as it runs in the bottom now so progress is at...
  30. Briar

    Stain Removing: Cloudy Blue Water Stage

    Yes, I did it wrong. Ok, FC is 4.6 and CC is 1.6. So is that 1.6 my bromine level or is that somhing new I need to learn how to do with this new kit?