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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

    Pool eating FC!

    Also, did you test is at 21 or just that you added enough chlorine to assume it was up to 21?
  3. 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...
  4. AimeeH

    Disappearing Chlorine?

    Sounds like a salt water generator would help in your situation.
  5. 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 :)
  6. AimeeH

    How to read CYA

    As setsailsoon the test outside in full sun with back to the sun holding view vial about waist level
  7. 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.
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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?
  11. AimeeH

    PH TA Anomaly

    It is Cold. I'd guess 65ish...... Edit. Colder. But I can't read the green thermometer. Shame on me.
  12. 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...
  13. 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.
  14. 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...
  15. 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.
  16. AimeeH

    Stuck at high pH

    Welcome to TFP :) Your high TA is likely causing your PH rise. I'd continue to try to lower it. Chlorine is consumed by organics in the pool and breakdown from sunlight--CYA acts as a sunscreen for the chlorine. You may want to raise the CYA to lower your chlorine consumption. You also...
  17. AimeeH

    Managing CYA - tablets and liquid chlorine

    Welcome to TFP :) I think you'll find most folks here either rely on their saltwater generators or liquid chlorine only--adding stabilizer manually and not with tabs. Of course there are exceptions but largely this is the case. Liquid chlorine, bleach, is fine as long as it doesn't have...
  18. AimeeH

    Possible problem with chemistry.

    When you say SLAM, you mean you were constantly keeping your FC at shock level for your CYA until all three tests were passed? Pass OCLT, CC .5 or less and clear water?
  19. AimeeH

    Cloudy Water

    While the CYA test takes getting used to, I'd always always always trust your test on that over Leslie's. Years of evidence on this forum that the CYA tests done by the "professional" tends to be the most inaccurate of all their tests. It may be because they don't really follow the notion that...
  20. AimeeH

    Pool chemistry re-set. Logging Borax additions to track borates

    Hopster ........I'm keenly aware that test strips for all chemistry numbers cannot be trusted. The ones for borates and the salt ones too sold by are reliable enough to trust for those particular measurements.
  21. AimeeH

    Pool chemistry re-set. Logging Borax additions to track borates

    Good job on all of your efforts to get your pool in order. You might find ordering borate test strips from would be more accurate than "between 10-80" and keeping track of additions of borax. Strips (Borates and salt)
  22. AimeeH

    My first test results...

    Welcome to TFP :) How are you chlorinating now? Would be a first question. Those test results don't look too wild. Have you been reading up in pool school? This is a good start. Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry Congrats on getting a great test kit and striking out on your own...
  23. AimeeH

    New here, dumping pool store advice, attempting to restore clear blue water - HELP!

    Mary, Before adjusting CYA, can you confirm the newer test was done in full sunlight? That post mentioned "late at night" and the CYA test does depend on proper lighting. I'd hate for you to raise CYA unnecessarily during SLAM based on an inaccurate reading. You may definitely want to raise it...
  24. AimeeH

    Now what.......

    Wait a bit on the TA and see how your PH behaves with the SWG. Or at least don't shoot for a TA higher than 60. IF and that's a big IF your PH tends to fall, then you may want to adjust TA up a bit more. The two go hand in hand. The idea is to find a sweet spot for your TA where your PH will...
  25. AimeeH

    Now what.......

    Ok. :) That you still have cloudy water concerns me ;) you need to meet 3 criteria to consider SLAM complete. 1. Clear water 2. OCLT loss of 1ppm or less FC 3. CC of less than .5 With that being said, if indeed that has all been met, then yes, you'll want to raise your CYA to reccomended...
  26. AimeeH

    Now what.......

    That a crazy high FC for normal maintenance. Were you following the SLAM process?---and just now coming down from intentionally elevated chlorine levels?
  27. AimeeH

    Green pool, good chemistry please help!

    Sounds to me like at some point your FC had fallen below minimum which is a welcome invitation for algae to take hold. Once in your pool, you won't win the battle by keeping FC at the minimum for you CYA number. You'll want to read up on following the SLAM process to clear it. Pool School - SLAM...
  28. AimeeH

    First time slamming, am I thinking right?

    Welcome :) You want to get chlorine up to the shock level for your CYA number and maintain that high level of FC until you pass all THREE tests. 1. Clear water 2. OCLT of 1ppm or less FC loss 3. CC of .5 or less.
  29. AimeeH

    Should I add 2.1 ounces or 32 ounces of washing soda? PoolMath contradicts itself

    Midtempo, Aerating does not reduce TA. Only adding some form of acid will reduce TA or adding water that is very low TA. I know I have very VERY low TA from my tap that I top off with which keeps the TA low in my pool. You need to just focus on raising TA a bit-- I would NOT shoot for above...
  30. AimeeH

    Any recommendations? (Newbie)

    Welcome to TFP :) To know what FC to target, you need to know your CYA number. So my first reccomendation is to spend some time in pool school :) welcome. See links. Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry Pool School - Test Kits Compared Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart