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  1. esim13

    New stock tank....

    I just set up a stock tank pool. My numbers from yesterday are: FC 15 pH 8 TA 140 CH 0 CYA 0 Just tested FC this morning and it's back to 0. My questions are... in Pool Math what should I set the pool type to be? Galvanized is not an option. How long is Muriatic Acid good for? I have a...
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    CYA test with Taylor K-2006

    "Take a reading, pour it back in the mixing bottle, shake it up, and try again." I use the K2006 too and this is what I do. I do it 3 times, using the same solution... 2 out of 3 wins! ~Erin
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    helping a friend... how many gallons?

    So I measure the pool today and it is 16' x 30', give or take kidney shape with a 12' deep end and a 3' shallow end. Plugging that in to pool calc and we get 25,400 gallons. Crazy thing is yesterday I went off of 26,000 gallons and added 4 small jugs of Walmart bleach at about 10am. I was...
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    raising pH using fountain

    That's fine... I would just like to enjoy it another day or two before I put the eye back in the return... THANKS!!
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    raising pH using fountain

    Thanks Linen and Richard! :) I didn't realize pucks lowered pH and TA... no more vacations for now so I'm on it.. Baking Soda here I come. One more thing.. am I good to leave the fountain going for a day or so?
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    raising pH using fountain

    hahaha!... you got me! I guess I was asking for that one! :oops: I'm not in the process of lowering TA. I guess I should be raising it. It was only 20 today! pH was yellow! Never had it go that low before. I'm not quite sure what happened to lower either one. Here are all of my...
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    raising pH using fountain

    What can I expect when trying to raise pH using this fountain?
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    helping a friend... how many gallons?

    It did have a diving board at one time. If I go with 12' by 24' by 8' ((12+3) /2) rectangle the pool calc says 17,200 gallons. Using oval it says 15,400. The 12' by 24' was a quick measurement using my feet today. Tomorrow I will pull out the tape measure and do a real measurement. For now...
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    helping a friend... how many gallons?

    Hello all, I'm trying to help a friend convert to the BBB method. She plans on ordering her test kit tonight so for today we used mine to get starting numbers. FC 6.5 CC 1 ph 7.5 TA 130 CH 20 CYA 60 Her pool is kidney shaped with a deep end for diving. How to I determine pool size and/or...
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    TA,pH Low? And other questions

    Thanks guys! No foaming but still green this morning. I was hoping at least for a dull, milky, cloudy shade of blue, especially since I overshot it with the higher concentration. I was also hoping these two days of rain and no direct sun would help too. I'll keep at it tho.. I've seen the...
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    TA,pH Low? And other questions

    Just realized I have the new 8.25% bleach. It says for standard and HE machines... is this okay to use? I saw on another post not to use the one for HE but this says it's for both. Does anyone know? Also, probably going to have to use computer instead of iphone for pool calc. The iphone app...
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    TA,pH Low? And other questions

    Thanks, y-not. Sorry for the confusion - I am shocking. I added the bleach after I posted my test results. I'm currently at FC 14, losing about 2ppm an hour, so I may be back down to 12 since it's been about an hour since I last tested. Waiting for the rain to slack to test again. I'm using...
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    TA,pH Low? And other questions

    Thanks Chem Geek! I went to Wally World for the bleach before I tested... I know, stupid me, so I didn't get the baking soda. I'll get it tomorrow when I restock the bleach. I did get 2 HTH Super pucks to throw in there too. So I'm shocking to 14 with 2 pucks. Wally World didn't have any...
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    TA,pH Low? And other questions

    Current readings: FC - 0 CC - 0 ph - 7.0 TA - 30 (burgundy looking), 40 (bright red) CYA 20? (stopped even with the top of the vial and couldn't see dot) A little background... I'm usually very thorough at keeping my chems in check. About a month ago my tubing from top of filter to pump sprang...
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    Weekly Sunday testing... Questions

    That's what I was thinking Jason. TA of 70 to 90 here I come. I'm also thinking the CYA isn't that much higher (no cause for alarm) bc it was around 30 a few weeks back. I went on vacation for a week and used 3 pucks to help with FC and to bring CYA up a little bit since pool is in full sun...
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    Weekly Sunday testing... Questions

    I have a K-2006 test kit. Here are my numbers... FC - 2.5 (just added enough to get back to 7) CC - 0 pH - 7.2 TA - 40 CH - 50 CYA - 50... here's the question, I ran out of solution. I filled tube to the 7 mark and had enough solution to fill halfway between 7 and 14 and it still came out 50...
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    Taylor chlorine reagents

    I use the K-2006. I use the 10ml sample too. I get my reagents from Duraleigh... tftestkits.net. When I'm half thru the R-0871 I place an order. Awesome service and shipping speed!
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    Going CLOUDY!! HELP!!

    You're probably at the beginnings of an algae outbreak. Time to hit the bleach! In the mean time, post a full set of results and everyone here will have you sparkly in no time!!! (Btw, TC = FC + CC, so TC may in fact be higher than FC if you have CC) FC CC pH TA CH CYA Good luck!!
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    Today's Numbers are... please advise

    I've been shocking the pool for a few days now. Holding it at or above 13. CYA is 30. I tested before bed last night and FC was at 13.5. I tested this morning FC 13.5. CC is .5. I tested tonight at 8pm FC was 10.5 (very overcast/cloudy day). Problem is pool is not quite clear. Better...
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    Today's Numbers are... please advise

    FPM, I started shocking right after my last post. CC was and still is .5. It's clearing up nicely. Still not sparklypooliltis but we're getting there!
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    Today's Numbers are... please advise

    Thanks Jason. I added salt towards the end of last season and it seems to be holding.
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    Today's Numbers are... please advise

    Duraleigh, I'm skittish to leave CYA at 30. I am in full sun all day and with the water drip.... drip... drip.... I'm wondering if will get lower throughout the season. What do you think?
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    Today's Numbers are... please advise

    Here are some current pictures... cloudy as you can see. With numbers above what do you suggest?
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    Today's Numbers are... please advise

    I have a small leak on the return side. So I have had to add water here and there to keep it at the second screw on the skimmer (a lil OCD about that). We've also had some horrible thunderstorm/rains and I had to waste some water, again to get it back to that screw. LOL! I plan on fixing the...
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    Today's Numbers are... please advise

    FC 2.5 pH 7.8 TA 70 CH 90 CYA 30 I'm figuring I should raise my CYA a bit, which in turn would help lower pH? Should I leave TA and CH alone? Then up the chlorine? Thanks!!
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    Test Results and MA question

    Great! Thanks!
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    Test Results and MA question

    Should I raise TA first before trying to lower pH? Or lower pH then adjust TA later?
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    Test Results and MA question

    I live down south in Louisiana and I do not close my pool. It has been running 24/7 since we started with our 'Winter' temps. We had very few nights below freezing. Although I did not close the pool, I did not test during the 'Winter'. The water has been fairly clear (not sparklypoolitis tho)...
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    Test Kit and chemical Expiration

    Is there a certain 'rule of thumb' to determine expiration of chemicals in test kits? I have the K-2006 box, purchased Summer 2010. They are kept closed and inside a cabinet in the house. Thanks!!!