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    Patch Inground Plaster

    I'm not prepared to have it replastered right now, and have two holes in the top layer of plaster, 2"x2" and 3"x3". Anyone have experience to share about what product I might use to do his underwater?
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    Taylot kit says CH Ideal is 200 - 400. Pool Math tells me I should have 270. Should I raise my CH from 230?
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    I didnt know that option was there. If I remember correctly, when I tapped the field, I saw 29 highlighted, 14.5 above it, and Dry Acid below it, so it looked like the options were listed in ascending order. I scrolled down, but didn't think to scroll backwards to look for 31.45 below 14.5...
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    What other uses do you have for it? I couldn't believe the fumes coming out of the liquid, it looked like smoke. A light breeze blew in my direction, and some of it wafted into my face. I inhaled just a wee bit of those fumes, and it almost made me instantly pass out. That stuff is DANGEROUS at...
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    Turns out HD has it in the Gardening department. They said they cannot keep it near the chlorine because of explosion dangers. They have two types. 2 pack 14.5% for $10.88 and 2 pack 31.45% for $12.98. I got the 31.45% stuff. I used Pool Math's 29% formula, and used 5 oz shy of the...
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    OK, thanks for that. I did not know that. My FC is currently between 6 and 7, whereas before drain I had to run it at a whopping 11.
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    OK, sounds like you approve of using muriatic acid
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    My pH is off the chart now. I'm guessing it's now about 8.2, which is interesting, because for years it's been completely neutral and I never had to mess with it. I read something somewhere about chlorine tabs having something in them that lowers pH, and if that's true, then it's understandable...
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    Holy smoke, that Pool Math app is spot on. It told me exactly how much chlorine to add to get to a target, and I'll be darned if it wasn't completely accurate!
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    OK, thanks for affirming. I will add it as soon as I get back home.
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    Off to Home Depot to get the best deal on good chlorine around. Thanks ManiacalMama for steering me there last year. It saved me money especially since my maintenance level requirement was previously so high. While I normally add once the sun is no longer on the pool, anyone see a problem with...
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    After re-reading your post, I get what you are saying, and why you said it. Thank you again.
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    Shoot, I forgot that I had the app already. Thanks for the reminder!
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    Very nice explanation! Given that I had just replaced 50% Water, and was smelling that odor while water was pouring into the pool via 4 hoses, and that I didn't add any chlorine right away once it was filled(hence my FC reading 0), it stands to reason that I would have CC of 1, and not...
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    Isn't CC a form of chlorine? If not, I don't mind a little education.
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    Yes, we have chlorine in our water here. In fact, when I was refilling overnight on Monday into Tuesday morning, the chlorine smell was quite strong. And, as I mentioned, my CC level still registered at 1 when I finally tested levels on Wednesday. I added 1/2 gallon of chlorine last night, am...
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    Thank you very much for your reply. Now I know why after becoming a TFP convert last year that I had no more algae, and only had to monitor and balance FC, albeit at a VERY high level due to my record CYA level!
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    Thanks for the post. You must've missed it, but the reason FC was 0 is because I just drained and refilled 50% of the water. Because I previously had CYA levels of 100+, I am quite familiar with the CYA/Chlorine chart and SLAM. In my last post I was asking what might be the reason for knowing...
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    Checked levels this afternoon. CYA came down to about 55. Boy, it sure must've been sky-high to drop to 55 with a 50% drain. TA and CH are in acceptable ranges, as well. Aside from getting chlorine into the new water, the only thing I might need to futz with is my pH, which is tad high. In the...
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    Test Thread

    Thanks for replying, everyone. An Admin and I were trying to troubleshoot an errant email notification behavior, and it looks like we found the culprit. Thanks again for your participation.
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    I was hoping my CYA levels would drop a bit, which is why I waited so long to do the water change, since we "spoke" last September. I didn't see any changes in that time, but then again, my level was 100+, so I might have even been able to see a 3 ppm drop per month, but I would think I would...
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    Test Thread

    This is a test thread.
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    Off-topic: Are those a Belgian Malinois and a GSD in your profile pic? Love those dogs. I have a GSD and am a dog trainer, having started my career training K9 Patrol dogs. Oops, did I just hijack my own thread? :cool:
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    30 minutes??? Forgive my ignorance, but doesn't it take much longer than 30 minutes to ensure a thorough mixing? Was that a typo?
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    OK, the draining finished in 30 hours, and the refill was done when I woke up this moring. I seriously can't believe how much clearer the water appears to be, even though it didn't look cloudy prior to the change. In any event, I have not yet added any chemicals to the refreshed water, figuring...
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    Since CYA does not precipitate out, how will you run a lower CYA level? By a partial drain, I assume?
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    I think I remember you helping me out on another thread last year when I battled black algae with high CYA levels and the subsequent talk that ensued about draining my pool. My CYA levels are unreadable even in the 50% dilution method, however, I followed the instructions on this forum to raise...
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    I did do the 50% version of the test, twice. We're only touching the high 60's here. I am counting my blessings that my timing seems to be good. I was going to go out and get a submersible pump, but my neighbor just lent me a hose, so now I have 3. The problem I anticpated having with a...
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    I have a Taylor kit I used to test CYA (visible black dot). FWIW, I used pool store chlorine pucks for 20 years. That should tell you right there that my CYA is over 100! :-( I am in El Dorado Hills, just above Folsom Lake. I don't think I have a high water table, and I'm a few houses away from...
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    Replacing 50% Water In El Dorado County, CA

    Thanks, everyone, for all the info. I am draining half of a 27,000 gallon pool to get my CYA levels down. According to my last bill dated Feb 10, 2020, I am a C1 cycle, and the period for the bill is for Dec 4, 2019 through Feb 4, 2020. Does that mean my February "read" is done, and I'm good to...