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  1. StogieC

    Is it really time to replace water?

    For the earlier test today I used the K-2006. I added some acid right after that test. I just retested with both the TF-100 and K-2006 and they show a pH of 7.5 and 7.6 respectively. The .1 difference is only due to the different scale of the two comparators. The waterfall is usually off and...
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    Is it really time to replace water?

    My fill water CH is only 70. Today: pH 8 (it was 7.4 ~ 40 hours ago) TA 80 FC 10.5 (I know this can throw off pH reading a bit but FC was 10 when I read 7.4) CC 0 (Yay!)
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    Official 2020 BBQ, Smoking, Grilling, Baking and Beer thread

    Out with the old smoker, in with the new Monolith!
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    Is it really time to replace water?

    pH this morning is still at 7.2 I'll check TA in a bit. CH was at about 200 right after the pool was built three years ago. The contractor added calcium chloride (Robelle 2825 Calcium Plus, I still have the bucket) to bring CH up to 300, then again on their last checkup visit a month later...
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    Is it really time to replace water?

    That's just with doses of muriatic acid to bring the pH down. I'm hoping that lowering the TA will help to stop my pH from climbing. The pool is 634 sq ft of surface area and the waterfall has been running... I assumed that the aeration was contributing to the pH rise, but this pool has...
  6. StogieC

    Is it really time to replace water?

    How high is really too high for CH? Or should I just replace water now before it becomes a bigger job? CH 500 TA 120 (Working on lowering, See PH) PH 7.2 (Was 8.2+ this morning, 7.6 yesterday) CYA 50 Salt 3500 FC 13 (Holding a little high until CC back to zero) CC 0.2 SWG failed last week...
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    Apparently, I'm dumb.

    For the past two years I've been getting down on my hands and old creaky Infantry knees to plunge my arm into the water to get samples for testing. Today, I was replacing the filter cartgage when I realized that I've had a water spigot that pulls water from the bottom of the pool staring at me...
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    Bar, TV, Seating, and Landscape.

    Hawaiian Ti Plants
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    Bar, TV, Seating, and Landscape.

    Before: : After:
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    Polywood chairs on sun shelf?

    1 year later, the polywood table and chairs are holding up great.
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    Polywood chairs on sun shelf?

    I just put a polywood table on my sun shelf today. I used a hole saw to make a cut out for my umbrella to go through the middle of it. We'll see how it holds up.
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    Pool with new clean water

    Welcome to TFP!!! Your fill water is going to come at some pH and already have some alkalinity, calcium, salt, and perhaps other attributes. To start off, a little light reading is in order. Start with what to know before you post and TFPC for Beginners. Please report back here once you've...
  14. StogieC

    Question about color of newly applied Stonescapes Aqua White

    Pools blue up when the water goes in.
  15. StogieC

    Help...Is 7 foot deep enough

    I'm 6'2" and have absolutely no problem jumping from the elevated waterfall into my 6'6" deep end. Diving is another story.
  16. StogieC

    Help determining what's in pool

    The pattern of accumulation shown in your great pics leads me to only one conclusion... There be plain old algae in that their pool. SLAM it. That you passed a OCLT is a bit odd but not unheard of. SLAM, Brush, Brush again, test, and post at least the test results below. FC CC pH CYA TA
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    Want to switch from strictly liquid to some solid chlorine for remainder of season.

    If your goal is to simplify chlorine management, consider adding a few bags of salt and getting a SWG.
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    chlorine doesn't show up in pool.

    Welcome to TFP. Let's evict that uninvited green pool guest. Before you do too much we really need to get a handle on what is going on with your water by having you run an accurate test. You'll need a good test kit for this, either the TF-100 or Taylor K-2006 are highly recommended. Pool...
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    Free chlorine numbers

    Once we have a reliable test on the pool chemistry, the mystery of the "gritty white stuff" can be solved and we can determine if your SWG is doing its job. For now, we're trying to help keep you from having your pool turn in to a new portion of the everglades.
  20. StogieC

    New Pool Owner need help!

    Don't add that conditioner. That stuff is 70% somthing other than CYA, I'm sure someone else here has an idea of what. Wait for your test kit to come in. Other than some electricity, running the pump until you get your test kit will hurt nothing and may help. Using tablets and shock, it's...
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    Pool equipment, lighting, water features

    Welcome to TFP. You've started in the right place! Ford or Chevy, Rolex or Breitling, Cessna or Piper, Colt or Glock, Hayward or Pentair. Get a quality product and all that matters is what features YOU prefer.
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    New Pool Owner need help!

    There are a number of potential causes of cloudiness in your water. We could speculate about the cause but it would only be speculation that could lead you to do somthing very wrong. 25k gal is a nice sized pool (congrats). Given what you know... I would add two gallons of unscented 6%...
  23. StogieC

    New Pool Owner need help!

    CYA - 0? Is this the pool store's test? If so, step one to a "Trouble Free Pool" is running your own tests using a quality test kit. Either the TF-100 or Taylor K-2006. Muriatic acid is likely needed, "Chlorine Neutralizer" is NOT. Conditioner/Stabilizer (CYA) MAYBE. You'll need to get...
  24. StogieC

    Free chlorine numbers

    Like Jeff said, a good test kit is critical.
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    Free chlorine numbers

    You need to get FC in that pool immediately. Run, don't walk, to the store and get 2 gal of regular unscented 6% bleach and put it in the pool. IF that test was correct (BIG IF), a CYA of 40 in our FL sun is why your TC is gone.
  26. StogieC

    About dogs scratching up pebble tec lining?

    No pups in the pool for at least 30 days, after the new surface is on... We have had no problem with my two 85 lb'ers running around on the sunshelf filing down their bear claws.
  27. StogieC

    Free chlorine numbers

    Central FL has seen both a lot of bright sun and a lot of rain in recent weeks. This means that you have to be a bit more diligent in chlorine management right now. My own pool, also finished in March, started dropping FC (Free Chlorine) rapidly after days of rain followed by days of high UV...
  28. StogieC


    Rain itself causes significant aeration. However, rainwater is generally more acidic and the reduction in TA should also help arrest pH rise. You mentioned a gutter issue. If a significant portion of your rainwater is roof runoff, especially from a tile roof, that may be part of your answer...
  29. StogieC

    CYA dropping

    Still trying to understand why CYA is dropping.