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    Help me decipher my PH level please

    Great reminder! I did donate when they guided me through my initial SLAM :-). I am also obsessed with YNAB budgeting and have a reminder set to donate annually when my app fee hits my budget! Long live TFP!
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    Help me decipher my PH level please

    Thank you for being so incredibly kind and generous with your time and experiences.
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    Help me decipher my PH level please

    that's really awesome! Thankfully, our high calcium level isn't due to our fill water. When I started with TFP, I believe the cause was narrowed down to pool store products and was over 600 back then. I dumped some water but was nervous because the pool was sooo new so didn't dump "enough" to...
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    Help me decipher my PH level please

    Thank you, Dirk. You really did make my day. I really need to find time to hang out here more to learn allllll the tips and tricks!
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    Help me decipher my PH level please

    Thanks for the reply! An automatic chlorinator is on my wish list for sure! Once my PH reaches 8, I lower it to 7.4-7.5 and it usually takes 2-3 days to bounce back to 8. Is it inefficient to keep lowering that far? My CH is over 400 so I have to be careful to keep the PH in line to prevent...
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    Help me decipher my PH level please

    Wow! That made all the difference! The amount of drops doesn't affect the accuracy of the results? I would totally agree with JamesW that this is a 7.55 (jussst shy of 7.6). That's pretty cool. It does make me wonder if I should only be using 4 drops from now on? or only when I have trouble...
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    Help me decipher my PH level please

    Thanks for the link. I did learn that I should be rinsing with pool water, not tap water before testing. I retested and used the extra drop of reagent and the results look the same to me. I might use pool math and add acid to reduce from 7.7 to 7.4 and see what happens. My pool was filled on...
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    Help me decipher my PH level please

    This is my first year with a pool. Are you joking (I can be gullible.) or is there something that gives you that precise reading?
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    Help me decipher my PH level please

    Not sure why but it seems as though the colors have changed or my eyes have. Would you say this is a 7.7 since it looks bright orange with no pink tint?
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    Is this Calcium?

    Your pool is beautiful! I am sure hoping I can get if figured out and it is fixable. So far, we have tried the MA (spray bottle 1 oz acid with 16oz water). Next we tried white vinegar. Prior to any chemicals, we tried a pumice stone (lightly) on just 1 tile. And we tried a scrubby type sponge...
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    Is this Calcium?

    Our pool was completed last October and I didn't start the TFP methods until this spring but believe I do a fairly good job of keeping my CSI in line. Prior to that we were using chemicals which y'all told me was likely the cause of my high CH (was over 600 in the spring) I test water daily and...
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    How is my CH going down?

    I am fairly new to TFP so just want to be crystal clear on this... so... drops 5 & 6 change from green to red but go back to green. Drop #7 stays red. Does that mean my reading is a 60? (I have been recording this as a 70) Thanks so much!
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    chlorine dosing pump diy

    i am contemplating adding a stenner pump to inject liquid chlorine into my pool and right now i have a nature pro fusion chlorinator inline with an empty cartridge, what are your thoughts about putting the injector in the top of the empty cartridge so i dont have to drill a hole in my piping...
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    Dog in Pool

    So odd..I clicked on the link and at 1st had an option for hair nets or beard nets. The hair nets showed not available with no timeframe for availability. I accidentally closed the page so came back to the link and clicked again and now the option is for beard nets only. I wanted to see if the...
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    order of events while replacing water due to high calcium hardness

    Thanks for checking on me. :-) I would be lying if I said that I never considered giving up. I came across a post somewhere that said 1-3 weeks is common so I was determined to hang in there awhile longer. It was so crazy how the water was clear for so long before it passed. Today, full sun and...
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    Extreme learning curve Please HELP!!!!

    WOW! I am so excited for you and your pool is beautiful! I am a new pool owner who simply followed my "pool school" instructions since last October. My water stayed clear but I was getting some slight scaling and it took me 10 days of SLAMing to get straightened out. My husband mentioned paying...
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    order of events while replacing water due to high calcium hardness

    WOOOOO HOOOOO! After 10 days of SLAMing, our pool finally passed our overnight chlorine test on Tuesday night. I periodically checked the FC level throughout the day yesterday and around 5:30 last night, it was down to 9 (from 19.5 at 6am). Water test at 5:30PM On Wednesday FC 9 CC 1 PH 7.7...
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    order of events while replacing water due to high calcium hardness

    Thank you for the possible explanation. I will make note to do that. :-). Yes! I did remove the mineral cartridge right away when y'all told me to.
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    order of events while replacing water due to high calcium hardness

    Well you have made my day with the info re: being able to swim! Thanks! :-). I posted the pic of the stained drain cover in case it might be correctable or to know if it might be thought that we were or are doing something wrong that caused it so that we can correct it. I appreciate your input.
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    order of events while replacing water due to high calcium hardness

    ha! I did not realize when I set up the cement pond name that it would be seen by others. :-) Just a bit of a joke. It is supposed to be over 90 degrees on Wednesday and it sure would be nice to take a dip!. I just can't seem to pass an overnight chlorine test. I am happy to hear that the...
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    order of events while replacing water due to high calcium hardness

    Good morning. Today is my 9th day into this SLAM and I am starting to feeling defeated. October and our brand new pool seems like it was so long ago and I feel slightly crazy saying that maybe (maybe?) the pool plaster looks a different color than when it was first finished? None of the attached...
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    order of events while replacing water due to high calcium hardness

    Good afternoon, TX Splash :-). Thanks for not giving up on me. I have bought SO many bottles of the Walmart liquid chlorine. I think I have about 15 left. The best I could do was a code 19 345. I have had trouble getting the FC level up to 20 on pool math and am presuming it is due to the age...
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    order of events while replacing water due to high calcium hardness

    Good morning! I did! I found the instructions and was determined to do it myself. I felt like I had tapped into my destructive side trying to figure out how to break that grey ring on the bottom. lol! We got over an inch of rain last night, which is certainly a good thing however I failed the...
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    order of events while replacing water due to high calcium hardness

    I am afraid to think I know anything at this point. :sneaky: Our basket came with a net (sock?) that we rinse out at least once per week. It has some small tears along the seams already though so I imagine should be replaced. Advice and/or recommendations are appreciated! Just checked FC and am...
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    order of events while replacing water due to high calcium hardness

    testing.. lol. Thank you for the lesson! I am currently attempting to pry open that cartridge to put the housing back in. So far, this is not the poolside princess lifestyle that I envisioned!
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    order of events while replacing water due to high calcium hardness

    PS - Did you pass your ? Also see: Nature2 Fusion - Further Reading I am sorry...I feel as though I am messing up the thread in an attempt to use the quote feature to reply. The message below is also further up in the thread. I copied/pasted here again so you will have the information. Is...
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    order of events while replacing water due to high calcium hardness

    ahhh.. so this time I hit reply instead of just typing into the box. It still doesn't look quite right..hmmm. I forgot in the above post to mention that my husband told me to ask if the Nature 2 mineral cartridge that we installed on Saturday is affecting anything. It came with the pool and...
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    order of events while replacing water due to high calcium hardness

    DARN that Leslie's!! hahaha.... My test kit is showing a 7.6 :). I wonder if collecting the water at 6am and not taking it to Leslie's until noon (even though refrigerated) had an effect of some sort.? I am so glad that I don't have to add MA with all that Chlorine in the pool. Even at regular...
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    Calcium hardness level after acid bath

    I had a pool installed last October and also had to have an acid bath done due to a poorly executed initial acid wash leaving lots of streaks in the pool where the aggregate didn't surface. This sounds like a possible solution to us currently wondering how our calcium level got to a level of...