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  1. frustratedpoolmom

    New, proud owner of neglected 50 year old gunite pool

    Great points! (And yes I was very frustrated by that decision by Photobucket.)
  2. frustratedpoolmom

    help - new to pools and very confused

    I'll just add that those other recommendations sound like they are for non-SWG pools, and also whoever wrote them just doesn't have a clue. lol ;)
  3. frustratedpoolmom

    help - new to pools and very confused

    I would ignore all of the other recommendations aside from TFP. I do think that 4-6 is a target level though. I recall when he wrote the recommendations it was based on the fact that the SWG is putting out a steady output of chlorine so its easier to maintain at the lower end. I wouldn't...
  4. frustratedpoolmom

    Does water clarifier make you CYA level go down? How to add DE to a sand filter without a skimmer?

    There is no connection between a decrease in CYA and clarifier. Your issues can be completely corrected by maintaining proper chlorine levels, adding DE will not fix this dilemma and honestly your focus should be diligently maintaining your chlorine level.
  5. frustratedpoolmom

    Test kit arrived...Taylor K-2006 C w/SpeedStir

    Its definitely doable but you have to be diligent and keep the FC above your "min" recommended level at all times ;) good luck!
  6. frustratedpoolmom

    Test kit arrived...Taylor K-2006 C w/SpeedStir

    LOL twice. Hazard of the biz. I ordered a set of the magnets just in case so I always have on hand. So I see the UV etc., but how are you chlorinating? CYA of 80 is fine with an SWG. If your using liquid, you can run with it for awhile if you are diligent.
  7. frustratedpoolmom

    Pool company guy screwed up...

    When did he pour the CYA into the skimmer? While it was on Rinse? Cuz if so it's in the ground not the pool ;)
  8. frustratedpoolmom

    pH & CYA increasing without intervention

    So CYA isn't really tested in such a specific number, a range of 10 or so is good enough... I'm not thinking there is anything there to worry about. Your Calcium, alkalinity and ph levels will all change on their own as the surface cures. There's an article in pool school about startup of new...
  9. frustratedpoolmom

    HELP- New owner, I must be doing something wrong

    Marty is right, do not use anything other than liquid chlorine aka bleach - use the PoolMath link and enter in the % strength to determine how much. Ignore the hardness test for now. Focus on getting your chlorine level up. That's the main aspect of SLAM - raising your FC level up to your...
  10. frustratedpoolmom

    Pool vacuum always stuck...

    I like "The Pool Cleaner." I think Pentair sells a similar version, the Rebel.
  11. frustratedpoolmom

    How’s much Purox chlorinating liquid to add to pool at start up

    Go to the PoolMath calculator - link is above, and change the "units" in the right corner from "US" to "Metric" then enter your litres in the size box at the top left. I'm assuming Purox is liquid chlorine like Clorox Bleach?
  12. frustratedpoolmom

    HELP- New owner, I must be doing something wrong

    Copper turns blonde hair green and can leave blackish staining on pool surfaces, like a ring around the perimeter water line, and black lines around your skimmer, stains on the pool finish and fiberglass steps...
  13. frustratedpoolmom

    Too much water coming out of jets?

    Sounds like you're water level is off. By bug door I think you mean the skimmer weir. that should flow easily back and forth. Closed, the pump will be starved for water and the pump can overheat. Can you take a picture of your water level at the skimmer. Also, did you add DE to the filter...
  14. frustratedpoolmom

    HELP- New owner, I must be doing something wrong

    Good morning, I read through the thread, and I totally understand the NEED to get in the pool in this heat cuz we're having it too. If there is a Walmart by you, they typically sell small drop-based test kits (HTH brand around here). It's a 6-way test, and there's enough testing reagent for...
  15. frustratedpoolmom

    Possibly Metal stains?

    So I've read through your other threads about this issue, and I think the consensus is metal, most likely iron or copper, and I know that the pool store has tested and shown very little if anything. Jack's has a metal stain id kit I believe. Taylor sells Iron and Copper test kits, and I've...
  16. frustratedpoolmom

    Newbie pool owner...fishy smell!

    "city water" can be a municipal well.... what is the "shock" you added? A pool must have stabilizer/CYA to maintain a proper FC level. Have you checked out Pool School yet? :)
  17. frustratedpoolmom

    Shocking and cloudy water

    I agree with geko29, order one of the recommended kits and start reading Pool School. 95% of the time cloudiness is a result of lack of proper chlorine levels. So if you had proper chlorine levels, and it rains, it shouldn't affect a thing. I received 4 inches of rain in my area of suburban...
  18. frustratedpoolmom

    Newbie pool owner...fishy smell!

    That is the oddest looking stuff I've seen. Don't worry about the ph and alk right now, but FYI test strips are unreliable... Can you tell us what your "good" levels are? Did you add stabilizer?
  19. frustratedpoolmom

    First pool opening, FC staying at 0

    Yes. Ammonia will read as CC once chlorine is added, and an ammonia kit is the only way to really confirm. - - - Updated - - - No. You can have both.
  20. frustratedpoolmom

    green clear water

    The advice to shock a pool with a new surface such as yours is such unbelievably bad advice it makes my stomach hurt. There is an article in pool school about starting up new plaster, I think you will find it helpful. You've been given very good advice above, I just needed to vent. LOL
  21. frustratedpoolmom

    Pump questions

    I agree with everything Pool_Medic said. :) But if you have the valve opened 50/50, then you can draw to skimmer and the bottom drain (assuming it is a bottom drain and not a dedicated suction line like Pool_Medic suggested. I think in the picture the valve is pointed to your skimmer (meaning...
  22. frustratedpoolmom

    Pump questions

    Yes, so in the filter housing if all of the water was drained out when you removed the cartridges for cleaning, that water needs to be filled as much as you can before you close the housing. It won't fill all the way, it will only fill to where the plumbing is. Then close the lid and reclamp...
  23. frustratedpoolmom

    Cant keep chlorine in my ozone system pool

    You have been given extremely bad advice from the PB and the pool stores. UV systems DO WORK to kill certain bacteria like Ecoli and Cryptosporidium, but to then say onlyy keep the FC at 1 is a CROCK if your CYA is really over 100. See the CYA/Chlorine chart to understand the relationship...
  24. frustratedpoolmom

    Could this be metal?

    Eh, live and learn, let go and enjoy your pool :)
  25. frustratedpoolmom

    Could this be metal?

    Yes. Try to find a "metal magnet" or another type of metal treat / sequesterant. I saw a post where someone put some sort of sponge or something that absorbs iron. Try a search of the forum for "removing iron from the water" or something like that :)
  26. frustratedpoolmom

    Pump questions

    That looks like a plug in a booster/pump opening where a "Polaris" type vacuum would plug into. Leave it plugged for now, assuming you have regular return jets in the rest of the pool. Can you post a picture of your equipment area? I can try and walk you through it. You can't balance the...
  27. frustratedpoolmom

    can I add ph up and chlorine at same time

    "ph up" is actually baking soda and it will raise your alkalinity with little affect on pH. Borax will raise pH. Do you know how to use the PoolMath calculator? You can add them 10-15 minutes apart without any issues usually. - - - Updated - - - You got me Dave. LOL
  28. frustratedpoolmom

    New Pool and have some basic questions

    I agree, and I would suggest your order a TF-100 or a Taylor K-2006. I have found that the 5 local chains' Pool store readings of CYA are ALWAYS wrong. You cannot do the CYA test properly indoors or via computer. You just can't. I'm glad to see that the PB/ tech said not to use any...
  29. frustratedpoolmom

    New Pool and have some basic questions

    Yes storing liquid chems will be an issue for you, but in the least sunny, least hot area. Storing minimum amounts so as not to degrade may be only option. As for the monthly print out, it shouldn't be a problem with the results as long as you keep the levels in the ranges we recommend. Just...