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  1. 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.
  2. AimeeH

    pool close or open in SC?

    I'm also in the Cola SC area. We do not close our pool. Our timer has a temperature control that kicks the pump on when the temperature drops into the mid 30's. It really doesn't happen too often. I've never insulated the exposed pipes. As long as it is circulating, I've never worried.
  3. AimeeH

    Kit came in - CYA is 100+ - Time to drain?

    Welcome to TFP :) Yes. Sounds like you need to drain but exactly how much depends on that CYA number. Did you test using a diluted sample like these instructions? Pool School - CYA You won't want to drain all of the water in a vinyl (or most other) lined pool ever. Usually you are safe if you...
  4. AimeeH

    Cloudy Pool (algae bloom, 0 cya)

    It depends on how you added the CYA. If you didn't dissolve granules in a sock but put it in a skimmer, the granules could be in your filter and not yet dissolved. In that case it may not show up on test for potentially a few days.
  5. AimeeH

    My pool liner feels like sandpaper

    Welcome to TFP :) You shouldn't need to worry about CH (calcium hardness) with a vinyl lined pool. How old is your liner?
  6. AimeeH

    Greeeeeeen Water

    HI there :) I'm assuming you have it filled back up. You need to follow the SLAM process Pool School - SLAM - Shock Level And Maintain It isn't a one time addition of bleach. You're likely going to need gallons and gallons of bleach, not one or two. Read that link and follow to a tee. I see...
  7. AimeeH

    Gunk around steps?

    Yes Richard :) That looks really cool.
  8. AimeeH

    Gunk around steps?

    I even asked hubby to look and we don't see it. But........it looks like where fiberglass steps meet the vinyl of your IG pool. I have a very similar set up and have problems with algae in the cracks of the fiberglass frame of the steps and in the corners. I have purchased plastic bristled hand...
  9. AimeeH

    Gunk around steps?

    I'm having a really hard time seeing any gunk in that photo?
  10. AimeeH

    cant get water to clear

    How are you testing the water? You don't have enough chlorine to sanitize, let alone clear algae. Take a look at the instructions for SLAM. Pool School - SLAM - Shock Level And Maintain That should help you clear it.
  11. AimeeH

    No more closing

    HI there, I'm a bit further south than you where freezing temperatures aren't a huge concern. We don't close our pool and we don't have a heater but our pump timer has a thermostat. It will kick the pump on when the temps fall to about 35 degrees because circulating water will help prevent...
  12. AimeeH

    General order of operations, CYA <20, my initial measurements and why no algaecide?

    Re: General order of operations, CYA <20, my initial measurements and why no algaecid HI there :) I hope I can answer your questions. You're familiar with pool math so first adjust PH up to about 7.2 (washing soda or borax). You'll want to raise your CYA to a target of about 30 before...
  13. AimeeH

    Please help, struggling first timer here.

    If that was the Walmart test strips, I'd wait until you get your TF-100. Both strips and pool stores can get CYA wrong. CYA is not consumed in your water like chlorine.....once it's there it stays there and don't want it to get too high or you'll be facing the need to drain. That is why I'd...
  14. AimeeH

    Should I cancel my pool company opening??

    I think you can do this. Do you have a good test kit for balencing your water? I also never "close" we run pump a few hours a day in winter and have a thermostat triggered timer in case the temps dip near freezing.
  15. AimeeH

    High Filter Pressure

    No need to feel stupid. :)
  16. AimeeH

    High Filter Pressure

    Welcome to TFP Is the gauge at 0 when the pump is off? If not, you clearly have a faulty gauge. I suspect that is the case. It should just screw off and screw a new one on using some plumbers pipe thread tape.
  17. AimeeH

    SLAMing chemical results first day

    :) No problem. You are on the right track with a good test kit. Don't hesitate to ask questions and one day all those chemical detail will click like a light bulb coming on. Since you're slamming a green pool, please be sure to brush frequently, no less than once daily. If you try to take...
  18. AimeeH

    SLAMing chemical results first day

    CYA is not a chemical that gets consumed in your pool. The ONLY way it could go down like that is if you drained a lot of water and replaced it. I suspect testing error on the CYA. The test is one that takes getting used to and the lighting is important. You should be in full sun to test with...
  19. AimeeH

    SLAMing chemical results first day

    Hi there Based on the information provided above, you don't need to add anything just yet. If you are slamming to get a green pool cleared up just focus on chlorine until it's clear and not the other numbers. PH test gets wonky results with FC above 10 so you can't trust that now anyway.
  20. AimeeH

    Some last minute questions and clarification

    Hi and welcome to TFP :) I'm not much help on general closing questions as I live in a climate where we don't close our pool but the answer to your last question is yes. The pipe(s) on the right in the picture (which I would call the front of the pump) would be from the skimmer and main...
  21. AimeeH

    HAVE to have new liner; do it now, or in the Spring? Pool level is falling quickly.

    Hi I'm assuming that is Conway SC. Not too far from me as far as similar climate. So I'm with Dave. I'd be looking at replacement now.
  22. AimeeH

    Winterization pipe is stuck

    I think a picture might help. Could you post one?
  23. AimeeH

    How do I get my water clear

    It is the PH test that becomes invalid with elevated chlorine not CYA but.......CYA is not something that gets consumed by algae or sunlight as chlorine is. So....if you haven't added any stabilizer or stabilized chlorine product (like granulated "shock") then your CYA would be no different than...
  24. AimeeH

    another Added shock chlorine but sill, FC = 0 ?

    No tabs :( Can you continue to add a gallon of bleach a day as suggested and brush brush brush?
  25. AimeeH

    Alternative freeze protection and winterizing pipes thread

    I'm thinking you might be confusing cal-hypo (calcium hypochlorite) with calcium chloride. But I'll let a chemical expert chime in on this.
  26. AimeeH

    Trouble with getting pool open

    Wow. Great job on getting a good test kit and knowing to drain do to high CYA. Welcome to TFP to clear the water you'll need to follow the SLAM process Shock Level And Maintain So according to your test results your current chlorine is not adequate to be killing algae faster than its...
  27. AimeeH

    How do I get my water clear

    Welcome to TFP Yes we see something. Your choline is too low. To clear your water you need to SLAM your pool. Shock Level And Maintain You also probably want CYA a bit higher--30. Read this article. Pool School - SLAM - Shock Level And Maintain And post any questions you have.
  28. AimeeH

    Please Help With Stabilizer After Algea Bloom

    HI there.....yep you need some stabilizer in there. Regular granular stabilizer sold (at least here) at Walmart is fine...may say conditioner but your looking for active ingredient cyanuric acid. We usually reccomend putting it in an old sock and suspend in front of a return. I actually tie mine...
  29. AimeeH

    another Added shock chlorine but sill, FC = 0 ?

    Welcome to TFP. Glad you found us Around here, our pools aren't money pits. The pool store? Yeah maybe. What we can help you with is learning to take care of your own pool with basic things like bleach and baking soda. This will require you get yourself a good test kit and be willing to learn...
  30. AimeeH

    SLAM process two weeks and cloudy?

    As previously noted, the sand filter does take the longest to clear cloudy water. I'm pretty sure I was at it for about two weeks as well. If you do add DE, brush brush brush. When I did this my pressure started rising a lot more rapidly, telling me it was working.