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  1. smittysgirl

    Still Cloudy after 6 days of SLAMing

    Thank you, Marty! I appreciate your prompt response. We figured out that our filter was to blame; once my husband swapped it our the pool cleared up in a day! It was hard to see in the pics I posted, but there was a lot of floating debris which was unusual after running the pump nonstop for a...
  2. smittysgirl

    Still Cloudy after 6 days of SLAMing

    Help! We have been faithful members here for several years. This year we're having issues getting clear water. Tbh, we were lazy getting the pool closed last year; it didn't happen until the end of October, which is about a month late. We also stopped keeping up with daily maintenance for the...
  3. smittysgirl

    Pool Cleaning Help

    Thank you all for your comments & suggestions. Is the goal with re-positioning the return to prevent any debris from settling in the center of the pool or just to make the area of debris smaller? What is the expected lifespan of a filter? My hubby seems to think, the older, the better;) He...
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    Pool Cleaning Help

    Thank you for your response & suggestions. Here are my current test results: FC = 6.5 PH = 7.8 TA = 85 CH = 150 * CYA = 40 The OCLT was CC=.5 * This was done at pool opening on 6/17, my understanding is that CH is not important for above ground pools. We only have 1 return, so I'll try &...
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    Pool Cleaning Help

    Hi, I've been a member here for 7 years & continue to be a true believer. The one thing I seem to struggle with is getting our pool really clean! There always seems to be some fine debris in the cracks or middle of the pool. Today I spent over an hour vacuuming & skimming. Everything looked...
  6. smittysgirl

    CYA Confusion

    Right;) I just thought of another question... Should I raise the CYA to 40 or would a lower number, like 20, be more efficient for SLAMing?
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    CYA Confusion

    Back again... I got some more CYA reagent today, here are my latest test results: FC 2.5 CC 0 PH 7.3 TA 70 CH 120 CYA 0 * The pool store also got this same result. As you may recall, a different pool store tested the CYA at 63 on Monday. So, I guess I first need to add stabilizer to bring...
  8. smittysgirl

    CYA Confusion

    Apparently... I buy the reagents at the pool store & had the R-0013 in hand & put it back:(
  9. smittysgirl

    CYA Confusion

    Thank you for your responses. I have a Taylor K-2005 test kit & a FAS/DPD & use the "classic" pool calculator. I have been using this site & these tools to maintain our pool with good results for the past 6 years. My initial full test results were taken using the above, as well as today's...
  10. smittysgirl

    CYA Confusion

    Help!:crazy::crazy::crazy: We took the cover off our pool a couple of weekends ago and the pool was green but very clear. Normally we would then fill the pool, set up the pump, vacuum the bottom to waste, adjust chemicals & SLAM it. This year, life got in the way for a couple of weeks, so by...
  11. smittysgirl

    AG Pool Opening

    Thanks for the info! CC = .05 I've gone back to maintaining at shock level, so hopefully it will clear up now.
  12. smittysgirl

    AG Pool Opening

    Hi, We've been using the BBB method a few years now :-D , but we always seem to need some help at opening. First, our pool was a mess when we closed it :oops: and surprise, surprise, it was a bigger mess when we opened it on Sunday with lots of leaves and a very dirty bottom. We raised the...
  13. smittysgirl

    1st Year Opening AG using BBB

    We slowly added granular stabilizer to the siphon box per the directions on the container.
  14. smittysgirl

    1st Year Opening AG using BBB

    I need some more advice :) Since yesterday, I have been trying to keep the pool at shock level (12ppm) based on a CYA of 25 (see above). Well, today I went over to the pool store to pick some R-0013 reagent and I took along a water sample for them to test the CYA since I always have a tough...
  15. smittysgirl

    1st Year Opening AG using BBB

    Got it :goodjob: Thank you!!!
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    1st Year Opening AG using BBB

    Hmmmm... Based on the advice, I went ahead and shocked the pool again to be on the safe side. So, now what? Btw, I did buy the FAS-DPD kit last year. It was invaluable last year in getting the pool cleared up.
  17. smittysgirl

    1st Year Opening AG using BBB

    Hi, We had great success last year converting our green swamp into sparkling blue oasis using the advice found on this forum. Our plan is to follow the program right from the start this year. We opened our pool over the weekend, followed the steps for opening, then balanced the water using TA &...
  18. smittysgirl

    DH's Pool Girl needs HELP!

    Whoops! I realized when I did the CYA test today that I was performing it wrong. I was counting the number of drops as the level of CYA. :oops: If only I had an 8 year old around to help me like Peter! The CYA is definitely under 30; it's up to the top of the tube. I'm going to add in a...
  19. smittysgirl

    DH's Pool Girl needs HELP!

    The latest results are from water testing at the pool store. This number is consistent with their last test after the pool drain which was 27. I'm not 100% on the CYA ~90 before the pool drain. I had it tested at 2 different pool stores within a 1/2 hour period a few days before and the one...
  20. smittysgirl

    DH's Pool Girl needs HELP!

    Just checking in to let everyone know our pool is getting clearer by the day! I can easily make out the liner design on the bottom now :) The FAS-DPD test kit arrived on Monday so the overnight test was performed that night. I'm happy to say the pool passed w/ no loss in FC and the CC at .5...
  21. smittysgirl

    DH's Pool Girl needs HELP!

    I ordered the FAS-DPD test kit :whip:
  22. smittysgirl

    DH's Pool Girl needs HELP!

    Thanks for the add'l suggestions! I guess I'll have to order the FAS-DPD to test the chlorine level accurately though I'm sure hubby isn't going to be happy about spending more money on the pool at this point :rant: I tested this morning and diluted the sample 50% but the resulting color was...
  23. smittysgirl

    DH's Pool Girl needs HELP!

    Thanks for your response and suggestions! I will work on keeping the FC up as much as possible when not working. I'm sure that will help! I also plan on pulling the ladder out today and cleaning it because it probably is harboring some algae. We haven't cleaned the filter since opening the...
  24. smittysgirl

    DH's Pool Girl needs HELP!

    I forgot to post that we live in northern Ohio and it's the CC that's .5-1, not the TC.
  25. smittysgirl

    DH's Pool Girl needs HELP!

    Hi, I've been lurking here for a couple of weeks now gathering information to try & correct an algae problem that's taken hold of our pool. I'm hoping to get it back in shape for a little bit of fun before the season ends. :whip: Here are the details: AG 7647 Haywood pump (not sure of the...