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    CYA Dropped on it's own?

    Since my pool was built in April, my CYA consistently tested at about 70 for about the first 2 months. I've been using BBB since day one so that it won't go any higher. I went on vacation for a couple weeks last month, and used Trichlor pucks while I was gone to make it easier on my neighbor...
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    "Dangerous" levels of chlorine

    I just used Trichlor pucks for a week while I was gone on vacation, and in reading the side of the "jug" they came in, it said to "never enter a pool with a chlorine level higher than 3 ppm". I keep my ppm higher than 5 most of the time (here in AZ we run our CYA a bit high because of all the...
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    Bleach adds salt?

    I've been using the pool calculator to estimate my pool needs since it was built a couple months ago, and the results are spectacular so far. I have a non-swg pool (bbb method), and have no added salt. My question is this: I just realized via the pool calculator that bleach and/or liquid...
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    Hello from sunny AZ!

    I've asked many questions, and finally decided to introduce myself! We just finished building our pool (the wife and I designed and built it ourselves acting as the General Contractor). It is a 13,000 gal in ground gunite pool with a 1.5' extended "lagoon" step and waterfall. Here's some...
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    Borates too high?

    I added borax to my pool per the sticky' instructions (great guide!). I have a 13,000 gal pool, and I added nine boxes of borax, which would bring my borate level to 45-50 according to the pool calculator. Now when I test it with some test strips, it seems like my borate level is 80! (The...
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    CYA level for AZ pool

    A question for the AZ TFPers. I live in a hotter part of Arizona (Marana), and my new pool gets full sun. What level should my CYA be? The temperature is regularly well over 100F for 3-4 months in the summer (Sunday is predicted to be 101), and my CYA is currently 65. I use bleach, and have...
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    DIY Acid Wash on Landscape Rock?

    Has anybody had experience performing an acid-wash on rocks that sit at the edge of a pool? I have a large one that is inset into the pool, and I think an acid-wash to remove the layer of calcium would really bring out a good color. Is it O.K. to let runoff from an acid-washed rock run into...
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    Borax (Borates) allowed in non-SWG pool?

    I'm new here, so sorry for the newbie question, but I can't seem to find a definitive answer in any of the posts. My question is this: Is there a benefit to introducing Borax to a non-saltwater pool? Bonus follow up question: Will it do any harm to introduce Borax to a non-saltwater pool...