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  1. AimeeH

    Am I lucky or is it the norm?

    What you are describing sounds just like a well maintained TFP pool. PH won't rise too much if your TA isn't that high. I have a SWG and do not suffer from PH rise at all due to my TA being low along with low TA fill water. Sometimes it all just works.
  2. AimeeH

    Cloudy water

    Welcome to TFP. Glad you found us if your are ready to take over control of keeping a sparkling pool. You most likely have cloudy water because you have algae. With CYA of 70, your free chlorine is too low and has allowed the start of algae. I highly recommend reading up in pool school on...
  3. AimeeH

    Something You Wish You had Done was...

    I agree with paying attention to your wind direction with placement of skimmers. I have a dead corner where if I'm not brushing enough, the algae starts in that dead corner that doesn't get water movement as well.
  4. AimeeH

    Algae help

    The CYA test is the hardest to master. You can pour the solution from the sight tube back and run the same test multiple times. Make sure you are doing it in full sun with your back to the sun. I don't even bother testing on a cloudy day.
  5. AimeeH

    Pool eating FC!

    Also, did you test is at 21 or just that you added enough chlorine to assume it was up to 21?
  6. AimeeH

    I hate my pool.

    I'd like to chime in as say with a little bit of learning in pool school, you can learn to love your pool. I am also a SWG user/owner and I can't think of much of any downside. We can go on vacation for 1-2 weeks and not have to worry about chlorinating since the SWG runs when the pump runs...
  7. AimeeH

    Something You Wish You had Done was...

    definitely deeper shallow end. I think ours is 3.5 feet. at least 4 would be much nicer for us. And as a previous post said......we DO NOT regret pouring lots of concrete. 10 feet out on the "L" end and several feet from the end of the "L" making a lot of patio space inside that "L."
  8. AimeeH

    Hard water - alkalinity - High PH

    Hi. Welcome to TFP. It is true as you know that it is hard to give advice without proper test results. The CYA number is the important one to know how much chlorine to add. Your pool isn't so big could you consider a drain and refill and then use your TF-100 to perfectly balance a newly...
  9. AimeeH

    Disappearing Chlorine?

    Sounds like a salt water generator would help in your situation.
  10. AimeeH

    Yellow Algae??? went away for a week and.....

    Just wanted to throw it out there that the PH test can be inaccurate with FC above 10 so don't bother testing until your FC comes back down. Save your reagents :)
  11. AimeeH

    Pool Cooler

    This does a decent job for me...especially if run overnight. It sprays further than it looks in this picture.
  12. AimeeH

    Using TF-100 kit and during the hottest part of the summer (July-Aug) getting Green Algae

    There really is no such thing as "locked" or "chlorine lock" your chlorine needs to be high enough according to the CYA chlorine relationship at all times to prevent algae. So at some point yours must have dropped too low for your CYA. You will need to follow SLAM process. But first, can...
  13. AimeeH

    Getting Air in lines when vacuuming

    Thanks. This gives me a place to look. This just started in the last few weeks (8 years after build) and the hose I had was purchased last year but I don't always store it correctly, never imagined the problem would continue with a brand new hose used first yesterday if it was the hose.
  14. AimeeH

    Vinyl liner Pool brush

    I heard good reviews of the wall whale brush but not bought one yet. I pick up the regular brush for vinyl from Lowes when I need one........still have my eyes on a wall whale :)
  15. AimeeH

    How to read CYA

    As setsailsoon the test outside in full sun with back to the sun holding view vial about waist level
  16. AimeeH

    Getting Air in lines when vacuuming

    I'm stumped and I don't think I should be so maybe someone can point me in the right direction. When I'm vacuuming the pool, I'm getting air in the lines as I see the bubbles start to come from the returns and it increases as i go on to the point I can see the air at the pump filter. My...
  17. AimeeH

    Slamming with SWG

    I would not add stabilizer now before SLAM. I'd add it after passing all three criteria when you go back to relying on the SWG to chlorinate.
  18. AimeeH

    Adding chlorine with SWG

    Shouldn't matter if the SWCG is on. Just like adding any chemical, you'll want to do so with the pump running and in front of a return to disburse into the water and follow up with a quick brush around.
  19. AimeeH

    pH Keeps Going Up

    You probably don't need the added aeration as that does bring the PH back up. Your SWG will naturally raise PH until you find the right TA/PH balence to where your PH does rise so much.
  20. AimeeH

    Trying to adjust ph so I can SLAM

    Hi Lori, I'm just going to add that MA will mix very quickly once added and brushed around with the pump running you should be able to retest after 15-30 minutes. Also, with TA that high, the best way to have brought up PH would be to aerate. Any chemical adjustment to adjust PH will also...
  21. AimeeH

    PH TA Anomaly

    Matt....I do not have an acid demand test or ammonia test ammonia wouldn't surprise me as I've never let the pool get this bad before and I had pretty high CYA last time I tested in the fall and Im measuring definitely less than 20 now. Since my TA is 40, can I ignore this PH reading and just...
  22. AimeeH

    PH TA Anomaly

    No chlorine yet extremely low PH on our tap water (but none has been added to the pool lately anyway). @Leebo would low temps be affecting the PH test?
  23. AimeeH

    PH TA Anomaly

    It is Cold. I'd guess 65ish...... Edit. Colder. But I can't read the green thermometer. Shame on me.
  24. AimeeH

    PH TA Anomaly

    I let the pool go green for winter. Just got my TF100 refills. PH appears purple......too high to be accurat. But, TA is measuring 40--which is where I expected based on history. Not a newbi by any means but not sure how to address this. TA doesn't need to go any lower but addressing PH will...
  25. AimeeH

    Why is my CC high?

    CC is indicative of your chloring fighting off something organic most likely.
  26. AimeeH

    Help me Please! - No Chlorine no matter what

    One other question Jessica, how sure are you of your pool volume? I believe you said 10,000 gallons? Could you be underestimating that by chance and under dosing the chlorine? It helps us a lot if you can put your pool details in your signature.
  27. AimeeH

    Snakes and Skimmers

    And we use an old decommissioned metal tent stake. Also, I know someone here who lifted the skimmer lid and didn't the the snake curled up inside the lid and not in skimmer basket. Always look.
  28. AimeeH

    FC after shock

    Hi Maria, Welcome to TFP. I'm not sure I really understand your question. We advocate maintaining your pool water with good accurate self testing and feeding the pool what it needs. Putting a dose of "shock" in the pool is generally something we see no value in since your minimum FC is...
  29. AimeeH

    Chlorine Level

    +1^^^^^ You say you are going through tablets, but that isn't nearly as relevant as what your chemical test results are. Like this: FC CC PH TA Cya CH -doesn't matter so much in a vinyl pool really Those numbers are the key to keeping your pool sparking and healthy. Have you taken the...
  30. AimeeH

    Balancing chemicals is killing me

    Hi there, How are you measuring your PH? Is it always with the Taylor drop test? Are you aerating? It seems highly unlikely your PH would be that high with a TA of 50. Your FC is way too low for your CYA number on that list of results. It seems several things are a bit off.