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    Very Low pH?

    Thank you! I didn't even realize I had purchased the wrong thing. You are right, my original bottle was R-0004 and the one I just bought is R-0014. I have one of the small testers around somewhere, I will recheck it with that and see what I get.:lovetfp:
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    Very Low pH?

    Thanks for your replies. Here are a couple of pictures of the reading I'm getting. I don't know where it lands on the scale. I tried to do the acid and base demand tests to see what happened with my color. When I started adding drops for the acid demand it immediately got pink like a high pH and...
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    Very Low pH?

    We just switched to a salt water system a few weeks ago and I thought I had all my numbers in line with the recommended levels, but I started getting a pH reading that I wasn't sure of. It was a dark orange that didn't match anything on the scale. I rolled with it for a few days, but then did a...
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    2018 Bleach Prices

    Same thing here. Walmart reduced the concentration of their Great Value bleach from 8.25% to 6%, but the price stayed the same. I noticed yesterday though that they also had other gallons of Great Value bleach labeled "Cleaning Bleach" instead of "Concentrated". They were also 6% but were...
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    Persistent Cloudy Water

    Thank you Texas Splash. I went out and retested my CYA. By far, that is the hardest test to do and feel like I get a good reading. While I was out there I repoured and read the test a number of times. I feel like I pretty consistently got 35ppm. At 40 the dot was very faint but if I looked...
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    Persistent Cloudy Water

    CYA 30 FC 18.5 CC 0 PH 7.4 before starting SLAM ALK 70 I've been searching and searching the forum about cloudy pools that wouldn't clear up, but I haven't found a direct answer to my question. If it's out there and I missed it I'm sorry for starting the new thread. We always open to a green...
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    New Larger Filter Running at Higher Pressure and Backwashing Sand Out

    I'm still doing a SLAM and trying to get the pool clear. My chlorine held overnight, but the water is still really cloudy. I still backwash out sand each time and get a decent amount of sand in the sightglass. Today we finally had opportunity to take the filter apart and inspect the laterals...
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    New Larger Filter Running at Higher Pressure and Backwashing Sand Out

    Sorry for the delay. Right now our water is milky green. I'm in the middle of a SLAM. We just opened the pool and it was full of algae like never before. We replaced our worn out tarp style pool cover with a mesh safety cover, and for some reason we seemed to get more algae this season. It's not...
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    New Larger Filter Running at Higher Pressure and Backwashing Sand Out

    Hi Kim. Thanks for your reply. We did use great care not to get sand down the center pipe. The filter came with a little cardboard deflector that did a good job, however, we didn't check the laterals before filling it. We looked at them, but we didn't check to make sure they were connected well...
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    Recurring Metal Stains... worse than ever...

    We developed a metal staining problem a few years ago that was covering our liner. I'm pretty sure our issue came from using an algaecide that had copper in it. We were new pool owners and in a cycle of non-stop algae and trying whatever the pool store recommended. We don't have an SWG, so I'm...
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    New Larger Filter Running at Higher Pressure and Backwashing Sand Out

    We just replaced our Hayward S210T 200# sand filter with a larger Hayward S244T 300# sand filter. The old filter cracked and we were told it was under-sized for our pool and that a larger filter would clear the pool more quickly when it got cloudy, etc. We just got the new filter all setup and...
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    Wet Trichlor Pucks

    Thanks for the replies. It's about 10-15 pucks in a large 5 gallon bucket. If I keep the lid off any ideas on where to put the bucket? Where it is currently they would get rainwater on them.
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    Wet Trichlor Pucks

    Hi all. I have some old trichlor pucks I was hanging on to for vacations, etc. They were stored under a deck area in what I thought was a tightly sealed bucket, but I found they had gotten wet inside the bucket. The gas these things are putting off is knock you down strong. I took the bucket...
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    My numbers are off and I'm totally stumped

    UPDATE: Thanks again to everyone who helped with this! The morning after adding the Polyquat my PH test was back on track. It no longer turned purple or continued to darken within seconds. It held steady at 7.2. I still tested positive for the CC's, but the reading came down from 1 to 0.5 or...
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    My numbers are off and I'm totally stumped

    Thanks Patrick_B. That's how I was feeling since it wasn't there any length of time, but wanted to make sure.
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    My numbers are off and I'm totally stumped

    I can't believe this but I just walked out to put our solar cover on and a chipmunk was floating in the water! He couldn't have been there long. A couple of hours maybe. (Poor little guy. I tried to revive him.) So now that that has happened do I have to bring FC back up to SLAM level. This is...
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    My numbers are off and I'm totally stumped

    Thanks JVTrain...will do! I'm excited to clear up those stains and enjoy a sparkling pool. This is my first summer since finding TFP and I look forward to great pool year!
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    My numbers are off and I'm totally stumped

    That's what I'm thinking Patrick_B. As I've continued testing the rest of the day and getting varying results, it's the only explanation that makes sense.
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    My numbers are off and I'm totally stumped

    Thanks everyone for your replies!:sun: I just tested again and my PH test is holding longer at 7.4. It stills drifts up to 8.0, but more slowly, say after 40 seconds. The CC's are down to 0.5 now. I'm hoping that by morning it will be back on track again and it's just a strange reaction to the...
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    My numbers are off and I'm totally stumped

    I found this link where something similar happened http://www.troublefreepool.com/archive/index.php/t-16780.html. Her PH test was responding like mine where it would show 7.4 for a second and then turn dark magenta. Someone suggested she add a drop of R-0007 before the phenol red to see if that...
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    My numbers are off and I'm totally stumped

    Thank you JVTrain. That's interesting that they experienced something similar. I'm stumped since my readings this morning were good and now the PH is really high and I have CC's again. I'm not sure if I need to start my SLAM all over again now by lowering the PH and then SLAMing for the CC's...
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    My numbers are off and I'm totally stumped

    Thanks so much for your reply Jason. I just tested the FC level again. I normally use two scoops of R-0870, but used four this time and re-tested. I got the same results. FC 6.5 CC 1 (don't know how) PH Turned light orange at first then within seconds continued to darken until it was...
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    My numbers are off and I'm totally stumped

    Hi all! I've been SLAMing for about 9 days and preparaing to address metal stains in my pool after that. Today I passed the OCLT, had <0.5ppm CC, and the water is clear. These were my readings at 10am. Water Temp 70 FC 11 CC 0 PH 7.4 TA 80 CYA 20 (I'm not sure that reading is correct though...
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    Bleached Areas on Vinyl Liner

    Thanks for your reply jblizzle. I will start brushing after chemical addtions. As a first time pool owner there was a lot of trial and error prior to finding TFP, so the damage had already been done. I just didn't expect the liner to continue bleaching in those areas and wanted to make sure I...
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    Bleached Areas on Vinyl Liner

    FC 10 (currently SLAMing for my pool opening) CC .5 PH 7.4 TA 80 CH 40 CYA 20 (working on raising to 40) Before transitioning to TFP August of last year I followed the advice of my local pool store and had been told to scatter the granular chlorine I bought from them in the deep end of my pool...
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    Green pool after SLAMing for 4 days now...not getting better!

    I had a similar situation with my pool. I've been doing my first SLAM and didn't know what to expect "length-wise". Also, I'm new to the CYA test and think I misread it too low, so ended up needing bump my shock level up and immediately saw improvement once I did. After a number of days I...
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    Going on Vacation - Need Advice

    I passed the OCLT and have 0 CC's. When I vacuumed and brushed today the debris still seemed green. I'm not feeling very confident with my CYA readings so far. I'm certain It's in the 40-50 range, but of course that effects my shock level. I went ahead and bumped my FC to 20 in case I wasn't...
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    Going on Vacation - Need Advice

    This is my first time SLAMing and just want to make sure this sounds right? A quick overview of the last 3 weeks I did a SLAM for 10 days to kill algae, went out of town for 9 days. After 10 days of SLAMing the water was no longer green but very cloudy. I could barely make out the main drain...
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    Going on Vacation - Need Advice

    Thank you pwrstrk! I started the SLAM!
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    Going on Vacation - Need Advice

    FC 6.5 CC 0 TA 60 PH 7.0 CYA 40 Hi all! Here is an update on how things look now that we're back. We just got back last night. When I pulled the solar cover back the water was clear but there was a greenish film on the floor and walls. I got the pump running last night. This morning the water...