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  1. sadohert

    Interpreting my CYA Level - How much does that black dot really disappear?

    Interesting.... I can see already cloudy water skewing the results... interesting to hear what the pros think too!
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    Interpreting my CYA Level - How much does that black dot really disappear?

    UPDATE: * Tested my FC level about 2 hours ago with my home kit and there was zero chlorine. This was after adding ~2x my normal amount 4.5 hours earlier (2.4L). This freaked me out big time, based on the replies above. The replies above made me worry I was actually very wrong about "the...
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    Interpreting my CYA Level - How much does that black dot really disappear?

    Thanks for the helpful (and funny!) responses.... I *think* I can relax my "dot scrutiny" enough... more of a "glance" than a "stare".... if that's the case, maybe I'm way too high on CYA. Going to head to the pool store for some chems and a test...
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    Interpreting my CYA Level - How much does that black dot really disappear?

    TFP Friends - I think the key question I have here is whether my black dot has disappeared (see picture below)... I have other sub-questions I would love to hear feedback on. If that dot has disappeared, then I'd say my CYA is around 40, which I believe is too low and might explain how much...
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    Spillover Spa Jet replacement

    Found this article. Tried the "counter clockwise twist" and it came off easily. Here's a few pictures of a full jet.
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    Spillover Spa Jet replacement

    Sorry, somehow didn't see these replies, and I'm not able to get one of the non-broken jets off to get a complete picture. These are the pics I have of the broken one, although I'm guessing you need to see the whole thing? Any suggestions on how to safely remove the jets? I'm afraid to pull...
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    Spillover Spa Jet replacement

    We had a jet on our spillover Spa break during opening. I can't seem to get a handle on how to source a replacement with my Google-fu. We *think* it's a Fox Pools Spa. I see some pictures of jets that *look* like ours... ish. Are the jet connections universal, or at least there are only a few...
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    2-4 Weeks until test kit arrives, warm weekend coming - What can I start now?

    Yes for sure! This is a no-brainer for me. I've made my donation. Wondering if someone can give me a sense for what to expect with this question: "Under "steady state" (with no algae problem, CYA at target level) what kind of schedule do people get onto with adding chlorine? Is it still...
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    2-4 Weeks until test kit arrives, warm weekend coming - What can I start now?

    I have a Hayward Tab feed chlorinator... only put 5 tabs in 11 days ago and they were still 70% whole when I looked 2 days ago. I've been using mostly liquid chlorine. Under "steady state" (with no algae problem, CYA at target level) what kind of schedule do people get onto with adding...
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    2-4 Weeks until test kit arrives, warm weekend coming - What can I start now?

    Quick Update: Regular TFP "Way" Testing: Been testing my pool regularly (FC+CC+PH twice a day). I'm out of the CYA testing re-agent already (only had enough for 3 tests), but from the first few tests it seemed very low (tracked it as CYA==20). pH/TA Started tackling a high pH (>8) and...
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    2-4 Weeks until test kit arrives, warm weekend coming - What can I start now?

    Thanks for the tips!... I'm not sure I even have muriatic acid, but going to check now. What about daytime/nighttime? I'm thinking if I have what I need to lower pH I'll put that in now (afternoon) and I can add liquid chlorine tonight after sunset. Definitely adds! Helps to have the extra...
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    2-4 Weeks until test kit arrives, warm weekend coming - What can I start now?

    Awesome, thanks @kimkats! It was pretty cold water (although my kids still jump into it ?). The solution in the bottle was a tiny bit cloudy... but for interests sake I'll try warming it up. We've had a bit of precipitation in the last day (1/2 inch of snow maybe). pH - I'll focus on...
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    2-4 Weeks until test kit arrives, warm weekend coming - What can I start now?

    Alrighty then... my K-2006 arrived today and I took my first stab at a set of tests. Here were my results: NOTES: Combined Chlorine/CC - I also did CC and it *seemed* to be zero. Solution never turned back to pink. CYA - I'm having a hard time believing the CYA is approaching zero given the...
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    2-4 Weeks until test kit arrives, warm weekend coming - What can I start now?

    Any opinion on the safety of using the pool/spillover spa while we're waiting for our full test kit to arrive so i can really get the chems "right" (and while I add 5ppm per day)? After last nights 5ppm addition the strips told me I had about 3ppm on chlorine as of this morning (I understand...
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    2-4 Weeks until test kit arrives, warm weekend coming - What can I start now?

    Okay, so I confirmed that the chlorine from the pool store was 12% Sodium Hypochlorite.... so I think I'm needing 0.83 of a Gallon, or a little over 3 L per day....
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    2-4 Weeks until test kit arrives, warm weekend coming - What can I start now?

    So, assuming the answer is that I should SLAM (due to OCLT fail)... referencing the chlorine/CYA chart, I think I'm around 20/30 CYA, so my target SLAM FC would be: 10-12? If I enter 11 in the App (with the "SLAM" toggle selected) it says this is out of range. It will accept 2-5...but that...
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    2-4 Weeks until test kit arrives, warm weekend coming - What can I start now?

    Ugh.... I figured there would be a downside. Thanks. Please feel free to pile on the constructive feedback (i.e., where I'm being an idiot). Based on my test strips, as of this morning I think my levels are: FC - 0 (they were over 10 by Saturday evening, down to 8 Sunday morning, down to 5...
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    2-4 Weeks until test kit arrives, warm weekend coming - What can I start now?

    So, probably classic "chemical cowboy" move, but I just put 20 L in. I guess i over did it. I judged it based on how many times I've done a double-jug pour in the past, and it was common. But it has definitely made a turn to blue in the last 45 minutes.
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    2-4 Weeks until test kit arrives, warm weekend coming - What can I start now?

    Thanks! Pressure seems to be good on filter. A tad high but within range before i usually back wash. not sure what option to choose for calculating the rate i add chlorine. I don't know what my pool store sells. It's so green do i just dump at least a full jug of 2 in?
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    2-4 Weeks until test kit arrives, warm weekend coming - What can I start now?

    Sun is shining. Vacuum robot is struggling. Nervous about my water circuit being tight. At least i have some help!
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    2-4 Weeks until test kit arrives, warm weekend coming - What can I start now?

    Just getting going. I make sense if most of what I'm finding but theses things. Anyone know what they are?
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    2-4 Weeks until test kit arrives, warm weekend coming - What can I start now?

    Sorry, I think I understand what you're saying. I was thinking "pucks" were the only culprit for adding CYA... I think you're saying any granulated has a downside?
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    2-4 Weeks until test kit arrives, warm weekend coming - What can I start now?

    Thanks again @ajw22. Should I infer that the additional chemicals from the granulated stuff are a bad thing? An American who knows his Canadian Tire Product Catalog!! AMAZING! I had no idea. Is there any issue with going the Walmart Bleach route in combination? I just picked up 2 jugs of...
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    2-4 Weeks until test kit arrives, warm weekend coming - What can I start now?

    Thanks ajw22. I have test strips from last year. I could pick up a new pack if needed. For chlorine, I need to figure out if any local pool stores will do liquid chlorine... otherwise I guess I'm doing granulated.... I do have pucks but I know I've had an issue with high CYA for a few years...
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    2-4 Weeks until test kit arrives, warm weekend coming - What can I start now?

    Hi All, Been lurking for a few years, following the local pool store guidance. The first year or 2 was fine, but last year was a certifiable gong show with chemicals. I'm going all in on TFP method, but I only just ordered my test kit today (2-4 weeks to ship). Tomorrow is supposed to be a...
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    Taylor test kit in Canada, again

    Did anyone try Lowry? Seems like there's no information about how to actually place an order... do I just email them?
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    Easy touch control of an intelliflo

    This was exactly the info I needed. We were seeing the 12 hour egg timer behavior. Our main pump schedule was deleted Somehow so needed to be re created then started in the way described above. Thanks for the thorough explanation!