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  1. domct203

    Intex as a brand

    I bought my 18' x 48" Intex Ultra Frame as an impulse buy for less than $400. I figured if I got 2 years out of it, and the family enjoyed it, we did good. Four years later it is still going strong. We swim every chance we get. Sure, I've put money into it with a better pump and filter, and...
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    Test kit or no test kit?

    Re:  Test kit or no test kit? I never claimed to be a professional. Chlorine (sodium hypochlorite) diluted in water is commonly referred to as bleach, regardless of %.
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    Test kit or no test kit?

    Re: Test kit or no test kit? A FAS/DPD is most certainly required to properly maintain sanitation. With a CYA of 80ppm, the target FC should be 6ppm. How do you plan to measure that with a FC test that only goes to 5ppm? Simply adding a gallon or two of chlorine is not the answer to pool...
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    Taylor K2006 is Best Pool Testing Kit with one exception: CYA

    If the solution did not become cloudy, then your CYA is zero, there was really no need to confirm with test strips. I also found the CYA test to be quite tricky, here is how I conquered it: 1) Make sure the solution has time to fully develop. After adding the R-0013, gently shake the mixing...
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    My Trouble Free Pool - Copper Sulfate

    You will still be putting copper into the water ......
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    Will going salt help with algae? A pHin Discussion

    Re: Will going salt help with algae? A pHin Discussion Last season I spent $15 on a bottle of CYA, and about $24 in bleach before I fired up the SWG. How big is your pool? The test kits we recommend are the TF-100 from TFTestKits and the Taylor K2006C
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    My Trouble Free Pool - Copper Sulfate

    Reminds me of this thread..... Copper Sulfate usage???
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    Rainbow Chlorinator

    This is why TFP recommends an extended test for any CYA result above 90ppm. Pool School - CYA The extended test starts at step #8. Why are you concerned with ‘solids’? If you maintain CSI you will not need that Scaletec.
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    Rainbow Chlorinator

    If you are experiencing scaling, your CSI is most likely too positive. There are members here located in the southwest with CH levels approaching 1000ppm that do not have scale issues, nor the need for scale prevention products. With a CYA of 120 (if that is accurate) you would need a minimum...
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    My Trouble Free Pool - Copper Sulfate

    I have a SWG, do not use copper or other algaecides, and do not get algae. Sure, I'll occasionally add some bleach for swim parties etc, but otherwise all I check is FC & CC daily, pH every 3-5 days, and the rest monthly. Adding copper would just be another thing to check and track, more...
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    Pucks and weekly algaecide?

    Re:  Pucks and weekly algaecide? Yes, please give us a name, or link to a study. I've just spent the last few minutes searching the web, and cannot find any published works on this.
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    Pucks and weekly algaecide?

    Re: Pucks and weekly algaecide? Sure, that may keep algae at bay, what about bacteria & person to person disease? What you describe is a Band-Aid approach. If the root cause of a sanitation issue is an incorrect FC to CYA ratio, correct the ratio by either lowering CYA to a manageable level...
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    Pucks and weekly algaecide?

    Re: Pucks and weekly algaecide? The biggest problem with cal-hypo is managing scale potential. CYA only degrades a few ppm a month, resulting in a negligible cost. I think I added CYA once at opening, and once about mid season. If you follow TFP care, CYA is managed separately, making this a...
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    Slug Method and other ideas

    Re: My pool needs help!!! I'm sorry, but this post is full of misconceptions and ill advice. An accurate CYA level is most certainly critical right now, as that will determine the proper FC level to the pool. [FC/CYA][/FC/CYA] The reported pH of 7.2 is perfect for a SLAM. The reported CH...
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    Phosphates and Penetair Intellichlor - Ignore at your own risk

    You can have an algae bloom in water with no phosphates if you don't sanitize the water. That is why chlorine is an EPA registered sanitizer, and phosphate removers are not. Phosphates do not cause algae blooms, lack of sanitizer does, period.
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    Lower phosphates to clear your water

    I would venture to guess that tomsop was not maintaining the proper FC to CYA ratio as we teach, which allowed algae to flourish. By lowering phosphates he may have weakened the algae colony enough to temporarily clear the pool, but not eradicate it completely. It will be back. I look at...
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    Maintaining low chlorine with copper ionization system?

    I don't recall anyone saying that copper was toxic at the levels found in a swimming pool. So, you are willing to deal with green haired children, and eventual staining in your pool? I guess that is is your choice to do so. I just don't understand what all the phobia is over chlorine. Your...
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    Sustain users READ THIS!

    I was thanked for linking your elevated CC thread to this Sustain thread, no need to be upset about it. The guides and mods were all curious about the elevated CC's, and couldn't quite figure it out until this thread. I'm glad you have brought this 'Sustain' product to the forefront so others...
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    Sustain users READ THIS!

    If you are maintaining a CYA of 40ppm, your minimum FC is 3ppm (7.5% of CYA). Your FC should never reach 1ppm, let alone go below 1ppm. It's your pool, do as you wish. I personally have a problem with my family swimming in a chemical stew of unknown ingredients that serve no purpose in a...
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    Maintaining low chlorine with copper ionization system?

    Welcome to the forum! Due to the number of issues we have seen with staining of pool surfaces, and blond hair & fingernails turning green, we do not recommend copper in a pool. While copper is a good algaecide, it is not a sanitizer as it does nothing to kill harmful bacteria, pathogens, and...
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    Sustain users READ THIS!

    Cal-hypo is just sodium hypochlorite and calcium...... there is nothing special about the sodium hypochlorite. Man, that Sustain rep is talking in circles..... Do yourself a favor and stay away from those products.
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    Why so much hate on pool store's water test?

    Re: Why so much hate on pool store's water test? Correct. The CYA reagent needs time to develop, that is why you should wait about a minute between shaking before you dispense into the view tube.
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    Water Testing, Non recommended kit

    If you search the forum you will see there are a lot of mixed reviews on the ColorQ, and many reports of accuracy issues. I'm not bashing the unit, and many here that cannot aquire one of the recommended kits (parts of Europe, Asia, etc) use them. I'm just recommending that you research the...
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    Why so much hate on pool store's water test?

    Re: Why so much hate on pool store's water test? I doubt they are a fine as a Slime Bag, but I think that as they get dirty with fine particles, the filter better just like a sand filter does. All I know that is with the springtime pollen, they get blocked up within 24 hours to the point that...
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    Never ceases to amaze me......

    I spent about $63 on chlorine last season, and chlorine and a bit of CYA was all I used in my 6700 gallon pool all season. I spent maybe a total of 15 min a day, testing and dosing. This year I bought a bottle of MA in case the new SWG pushed up pH. The SWG was given to me by a friend, so my...
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    Never ceases to amaze me......

    That does work both ways ......... So what's your motive here?
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    Why so much hate on pool store's water test?

    Re: Why so much hate on pool store's water test? +100 to the hair nets. I change one a day in the spring, and by the time I get to it the next day, it's almost blocked with pollen! Sometimes the suction is so great that I have to turn off the skimmer to lift the basket. They do a great job...
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    Why so much hate on pool store's water test?

    Re: Why so much hate on pool store's water test? I don't bother with a pool $tore at all, especially testing. They get the CYA test wrong every time (doing it indoors no less) and do not understand pool chemistry at all.
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    Is clear water clean water?

    Yes, you are very wrong. The pool needs a certain amount of sanitizer at all times to keep the water free of bacteria, virus, and pathogens, all of which are too small to see with the naked eye. Accurate and regular testing, as well as only putting in the pool what it needs based on accurate...
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    Why so much hate on pool store's water test?

    Re: Why so much hate on pool store's water test? +1 Good to see that this thread ended up helpful.