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  1. K

    SLAM OR NO SLAM?

    Sorry for the omission. I added auto cover to the signature. It is a brand new auto cover this year. I will do my best with open/close to remove algae. Thank you for your help. Have a great weekend.
  2. K

    SLAM OR NO SLAM?

    During SLAM, would you at least close and open the pool cover daily, or a couple times daily so the bottom touches the high clorine level, to treat the bottom of the cover? Of course in addition to the backwash and brushing walls, etc.
  3. K

    SLAM OR NO SLAM?

    With the CYA at 80, if I SLAM, should I backwash to get rid of water and refill to decrease the CYA level? Full readings this AM are: pH 7.2 FC 16.5 (was 20 at bedtime) CC 0 TC 16.5 Alk 80 pH 7.2 CYA 80 Pool still slightly cloudy. Maybe a little less.
  4. K

    SLAM OR NO SLAM?

    The pool did not pass the OCLT test. I haven't backwashed since it was open. Any possibility that would work or is SLAM my only option? I just find it so odd that it happened so quickly and I don't have an explanation.
  5. K

    SLAM OR NO SLAM?

    Pool opened 5/8/2020. I hire this done. Chlorine level was high (30), I'd been watching carefully. SWG turned off, not very sunny, pool cover open, watching chlorine level drop by 1 point per day. two days ago chlorine still high at 14, we were going to have rain and it was cold, so closed...
  6. K

    Clorine Level and Boric Acid

    It was pink at 7 drops, but the true pink that I am looking for was at 8 drops, so I split the difference.
  7. K

    Clorine Level and Boric Acid

    I want to add borates to stabilize pH, prevent algae, silkier feeling water and clearer, 'sparkling' water. I also thought it might make the pool even easier to manage. Although for the most part pool management has not a big problem. I do work full time and take care of my own pool. I have...
  8. K

    Clorine Level and Boric Acid

    I just opened our pool a week ago. It is in pretty good balance but the total chlorine is still a little high. This is the first year I will be adding Boric Acid and I was wondering if I need to get the chlorine level down before adding the Boric Acid. I read in the post about "so you want to...
  9. K

    Discrepancy between pH strips and drops

    OK. I did test the Chem-Tek against the Taylor 100 and the Taylor 100 is 7.2 like the test strips and the Chem-Tek is 7.6. I assumed it was because of the chlorine level being above 10 (it is 13). I will test again tomorrow night and report back. This has been a very frustrating year for me...
  10. K

    Discrepancy between pH strips and drops

    Please start a new thread for your own questions. Thanks, jblizzle I have been using the TF-100 test kit for everything except the pH and a Chem-Tek 5 way test kit for the pH (because it has the ability to adjust for high chlorine levels). However, this year I am nervous about the discrepancy...
  11. K

    Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up..

    Re: Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up. OK. I fixed my signature line last night to be just two lines, and now it is 8 lines again. :-(
  12. K

    Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up..

    Re: Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up. Thank you. If the problem persists, I will look into this as a possibility. Creeps me out to think of dead critters in the pool water. Sounds like I also need to learn about channeling. Our lab swims when we swim.
  13. K

    Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up..

    Re: Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up. I raised the alkalinity with alkalinity increaser. It is an in ground pool, it has a vinyl liner, it is only two years old. I do not have any pucks in the pool ( I don't even know what that is). I have considered the 20 Mule Team...
  14. K

    Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up..

    Re: Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up. I forgot to mention that we use a SWCG and no supplemental source of chlorine.
  15. K

    Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up..

    Re: Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up. FC = 7 CC = 0 TC = 7 TA = 90 CH = 130 CYA = 70 Salt = 3750 pH = 7.4 Last night I added Alkalinity increaser and everything is measuring OK now. I know the salt is a little high, but I will be backwashing in a few days and...
  16. K

    Alkalinity and pH drifting down when normally drifts up..

    this is our second year for our pool and normally I found that the pH and Alkalinity drifted up and I would add acid and all would be good. However, it they have both drifted down and I don't know the cause. Granted, I know I can fix it, but I want to be sure there isn't another problem that I...
  17. K

    Frustrated......pool chemistry

    Is there anyway to check the pH and Alkalinity when the chlorine level is still too high(19)? I have been checking at least the chlorine level daily and it does seem to go up and down. The SWG is off. The cover is off most of the time, but we are expecting a lot of wind in the next 48 hours...
  18. K

    Frustrated......pool chemistry

    The brand is Kem-Tek, I think I purchased it on line somewhere.....probably Amazon. I am going to stick with Taylor products but I have this one and will use for comparison. I do have a really hard time reading the red/pink colors. Who knows, maybe it is 8.2 and I'm reading it 7.8. ...
  19. K

    Frustrated......pool chemistry

    I have a 5-way test kit that has a chlorine/bromine neutralizer compound that is added to the pool water in the test tube. One drop for every two ppm of chlorine. Then you add phenol red and test. According to that test kit, the pH is reading 7.8. This test kit has an äcid demand test as...
  20. K

    Frustrated......pool chemistry

    We are hosting Thanksgiving for 24 people and we had intended to keep the pool open until then, heat it up and swim.......however, we have had a bad last month with pool chemistry. We were taking pool water to local pool store for testing and we had CC and according to their reading, very very...
  21. K

    Frustrated......pool chemistry

    So sorry, I had it in an excel spread sheet and it looked good when I posted it, then it got all bunched up, so it's hard to see what is what....
  22. K

    Frustrated......pool chemistry

    OK. I'm not making much progress. These are my tests for the last several days. At the bottom of each day if the action taken. Date 10/3/2012 10/4/2012 10/5/2012 10/6/2012 10/7/2012 FC 35 29 31.5 29 27 CC 0...
  23. K

    Frustrated......pool chemistry

    I have a question about the TF-100 Kit and the K-1000 pH test kit that came with it. I have two other pH test kits that are "titration" methods and one says it is not accurate with high chlorine and the other actually has me adjust the water being tested (one drop for every 2 ppm of chlorine)...
  24. K

    Frustrated......pool chemistry

    OK. Today it was beautiful here, sunny, etc. I had the day off, so I opened the pool and put the tiger shark in to clean. I now think the water looks dull/cloudy. It has been awhile since I used the tiger shark because we hadn't been in it. Will that do it? There were a lot of dead bugs in...
  25. K

    Frustrated......pool chemistry

    Water looks great. I have read the pool school but unfortunately after the shock. The shock I used was what the "pool company" asked me use. Liquid pool shock. I will turn off the SWG. I will add muratic acid which should decrease the pH and the TA. We live in Indiana, so it is getting cold...
  26. K

    Frustrated......pool chemistry

    We have had our pool open since April 2012 (built October 2011). We had one episode of cloudy water, shocked it, got the problem fixed. Or, at least with our test strips, checking water at two different pool locations in town, etc. Then as the weather started to cool off and we turned the...