Search results

  1. N

    Almost passed OCLT but water is still cloudy

    Thanks for all of the advice! I will try to be a little more patient and will continue the SLAM. I just wanted to make sure the low TA wasn't causing the cloudiness or hindering my progress since I've never had low TA like this before when doing a SLAM. I've also never had one that has taken...
  2. N

    Almost passed OCLT but water is still cloudy

    We are on day 5 of a SLAM. We lost no chlorine overnight and CC is .5, but water is cloudy. I assume this means that we need to continue the SLAM. We had the same test results yesterday morning as well, and the water is just as cloudy as it was yesterday even though I've been keeping the pool...
  3. N

    Possible PH goof during a SLAM

    I started a SLAM on Thursday. It rained non-stop for 12 hours during the SLAM on Friday and I didn't go out and test or add any chlorine during that time. I went out an hour after it stopped raining and tested the PH since I was worried that the rain increased it. It said that it was 8.0 so...
  4. N

    PH is 7.0 - Do I need to increase it before a SLAM?

    Thanks again for the advice. When I plugged soda ash into the calculator on the bottom, it says 2 pounds will raise PH by .37 to 7.27 and raise TA by 12 to 42. I know this is a bit more than the calculator on top recommends but it gets PH to the 7.2 goal and increases TA at the same time...
  5. N

    PH is 7.0 - Do I need to increase it before a SLAM?

    Thanks so much for the advice, Richard. I took a sample to a pool store today and I had the manager test the PH and TA since I don't have any TA reagents. They use a Taylor test kit there and the manager seems to know what he is doing. He said that TA is 30, and PH is probably closer to 6.8...
  6. N

    PH is 7.0 - Do I need to increase it before a SLAM?

    Before adding the acid, PH was 8.0. A pool store that uses a Taylor test told me that our TA was 70. (I had to rely on the pool store for the TA test only because my TA chemicals were all expired and over a year old and I couldn't wait to SLAM). We added Jasco Green muriatic acid which is...
  7. N

    PH is 7.0 - Do I need to increase it before a SLAM?

    We have a gas heater but we never use it. I don't know if we have a heater bypass. Pointing the returns upwards is the only thing on that list that we could easily do to raise the PH. I'm not that concerned about damaging the heater since we never use it but I'm very concerned about damaging...
  8. N

    PH is 7.0 - Do I need to increase it before a SLAM?

    If the PH is less than 7.0, would it still be fine to start the SLAM? After plugging in the amount of muriatic acid we added into a calculator, I'm concerned that PH might actually be lower than 7.0. The vial only goes down to 7.0 and the solution is yellow. Is there anyway to find out what...
  9. N

    PH is 7.0 - Do I need to increase it before a SLAM?

    PH was 8.0 at opening. We must have added too much muriatic acid to the pool because it appears to be 7.0 now or possibly lower. The solution is yellow. I ran out of one of the TA solutions so I'm not sure what the TA is. Can I proceed with the SLAM tonight since chlorine will increase PH...
  10. N

    Doing a SLAM when CYA and CC are both zero

    We opened up our mesh-covered pool yesterday. The water is so green that you can't see the bottom. I have a feeling that there is a lot of leaf debris on the bottom since our pool is surrounded by trees but I was afraid to vacuum since I couldn't see what I was doing. I was getting ready to...
  11. N

    water chemistry before closing

    Water is clear but has some crumpled up leaf debris in it. I plan on vacuuming before adding the polyquat. Looks like TA is around 70 or 80 but the chemicals have expired so I can't be sure this is accurate. PH is currently around 7.8 and I'm pretty sure this is accurate since I got a brand...
  12. N

    water chemistry before closing

    A pool service is closing my pool tomorrow morning. I went to a pool store yesterday to pick up some polyquat and I let them test my water while I was there. According to both of our tests, FC is 10, CC is .5, PH is 7.8, CYA is 50, and calcium is 250. Pool store says that phosphates are 200...
  13. N

    preventing algae when closing with a mesh cover before water temperature is below 60 degrees

    My pool closing is scheduled for Friday. Water temperature is 65 degrees, which is higher than it usually is this time of year. Unfortunately, I can't change the closing date so I need to know what I can do to prevent algae from developing before the water temperature gets colder. I assume...
  14. N

    fiberglass pool walls are chalking

    When I rub my hands along the walls of my fiberglass pool, I get a chalky white substance on my hands. This has been happening all season but it seems to be worse lately. I called a fiberglass pool pro about it and he said it is a common problem with older fiberglass pools like mine, and it is...
  15. N

    High PH

    I have some questions about high PH levels. The PH in our fiberglass pool always hovers around 7.8-8.0 for some reason. When we add muriatic acid to lower it, two days later it is back up to 7.8-8.0 again. We haven't been swimming in the pool much this summer so we have just been lowering the...
  16. N

    Vacuuming after a storm and keeping pool balanced during rainy weather

    It has rained off and on for the past two weeks and rain is the forecast for the next 5 days. Our pool is surrounded by trees so leaves and mulch is getting blown into the pool constantly. I don't own a robot so I'm going to have to vacuum the pool manually. I'm new to all of this so I have a...
  17. N

    concrete cantilever coping cracks

    The concrete cantilever coping above the tiles in my fiberglass pool are cracking in all four corners. I've been told that it is probably caused by my pool settling since the idiots that the previous owner hired to install the pool backfilled the pool with sand instead of gravel. A few small...
  18. N

    high water level in pool

    This may be a stupid question but is there any harm in running the pump when the water level is at the top of the skimmer opening instead of in the middle of the skimmer? I know that debris won't be able to get into the skimmer basket when the water level is this high but I wasn't sure if the...
  19. N

    Replacing a sand filter gauge

    We had a hail storm yesterday, and the hail broke the glass on the gauge on my Hayward sand filter. The sand filter appears to still be working but it doesn't go down to 0 when I turn the pump off now, and the pressure reading doesn't go down much after backwashing. The pressure reading is...
  20. N

    Adding a large volume of CH increaser to pool

    I need to add approximately 35 pounds of CH increaser to my pool. My level is currently 100 and the manufacturer of my fiberglass pool recommends a level of 300. I took a sample of my water into a local pool store so I could make sure I tested my water correctly, and they told me to add 35...
  21. N

    Preparing a pool for vacation when you can't run the pump

    I'm planning a week-long vacation and I'm trying to figure out what we need to do to prevent our pool from turning into a swamp while we are away. I do not feel comfortable leaving the pump running while we are away since our pool is surrounded by trees, and I don't know anyone who lives nearby...
  22. N

    Questions regarding adding chlorine and a large quantity of salt to pool

    We had a wetter than normal winter and all of the rain water severely depleted all of the salt in our pool. Its going to be a few days before I can get some salt into the pool so I'm going to be manually dosing our pool with liquid chlorine until then. I don't normally do this, so I have a few...
  23. N

    No CYA and algae at opening

    Thanks so much for all of the advice. I started the SLAM on Saturday night, and my pool has already cleared up! I didn't lose any chlorine overnight and my CC was .5 this morning so I assume I passed the OCLT. There is a black substance on the floor of the pool though that looks like dirt or...
  24. N

    No CYA and algae at opening

    Thanks so much for the advice. I'm curious to know why you recommend that I increase the CYA with granular CYA in a sock instead of using Dichlor. If the liquid conditioner that I added today got the level to 19 like the pool math calculator indicated, I would only need to add 3 pounds of...
  25. N

    No CYA and algae at opening

    Here are our latest test results. FC - 4 CC - 1 (or maybe .5) PH - 7.4 or 7.6 TA - 60 calcium - 140 CYA - 0 (We have added chlorine several times today and it appears to be holding chlorine fairly well, considering the fact that it has no CYA and algae.)
  26. N

    No CYA and algae at opening

    We had a wetter than normal winter and had to drain water out of our mesh-covered pool several times in order to keep the water level below the tile line. We opened up our pool yesterday and it was much greener than usual and there was no CYA in our pool. All of the rain also severely lowered...
  27. N

    stuck loop-loc cover anchors

    When my pool service closed my inground pool, they were unable to remove 8 of the loop-loc anchors in my concrete deck. Some of the bolts are stripped so they couldn't get them to budge when they attempted to loosen them from the concrete deck, and some of them just wouldn't budge because the...
  28. N

    Nothing But Trouble After Switching to BBB

    The moderators on this forum are recommending that you buy a test kit because pool store testing is extremely inaccurate and you need a FAS-DPD test kit in order to do a SLAM and keep your pool balanced throughout the season. I didn't realize how inaccurate pool store testing was until I took a...
  29. N

    Closing tomorrow and I have some questions about polyquat

    Thanks for the tips. I have a few more questions. Will Leslie's Algae Control Work and do I use the visible algae dose which is 11-16 oz per 10,000 gallons or the clean pool dosage which is 6-11 ounces per 10,000 gallons? Do I wait to add it once my FC is at my target level for my CYA, which...