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  1. GreatCanadian

    16X48 Ultra Frame Intex Pool Filter Upgrade

    I use zeobryte (same as zeosand) in my filter. The only reason I used that was because I couldn't find any sand to buy!! It works perfectly, but I do think sand is sufficient. I initially had the same problem with the zeodust. I think it needed a much longer backwash than I gave it (i backwashed...
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    New pool test results

    Same here. I initially used the same kit, and when I did get my TF-100, I found that the pH and chlorine tests matched quite well. GC
  3. GreatCanadian

    Major's first swimming pool, getting the chemistry right. (Hopefully)

    Uh, I don't think you need us!!! I'll contact you when I need your assistance sir. GC
  4. GreatCanadian

    Green pool

    Ok. First of all, welcome!! Second of all you really need to get a proper test kit. I highly recommend this one: TFTestkits.net as will most others on this site. 1800 gallons is a small pool, which right now is to your advantage. There is a SLAM process that you need to follow, and it can be...
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    Need to add 111 oz (by wt.) baking soda -- seems like a lot.

    If you are following TFP recommendations, disregard any other recommendations (FC levels, TA levels, etc.) You can't do both. But it seems that you have that figured out by now! As for the TA, my TA usually sits around 100 (that's above suggested levels), but my pH level stays locked on 7.6...
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    Added Borates to my pool, now FC reads zero

    Your water would not necessarily be murky, you may not be able to visually detect that there is a problem. Follow what domtc203 said in the above post. It's not impossible to maintain your pool with a high CYA level, but it sure is troublesome enough! Either way you need an accurate CYA...
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    5 Way Test results. Help, please!

    Hi eanik, and welcome!! Just wanted you to know that I learned how to maintain my pool using TFP methods with the same pool as you have. First 2 years were a disaster until I found this site. So you're 2 years ahead of me in that regard!! Also, my daugher has exzema, and she goes through...
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    Major's first swimming pool, getting the chemistry right. (Hopefully)

    I always added MA in increments as well until I figured the pool volume out correctly. Now I just add it all at one time. For example when I add Borax every year I have to add a ton of MA. I dump the borax in, then I dump the MA in. It's always done as expected. But this can't be done if he's...
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    Major's first swimming pool, getting the chemistry right. (Hopefully)

    First of all, welcome, and great job on your homework. You must have been a great student!! :) It seems you have your water volume pretty well dead on, so that allows you to plug your numbers into Pool Math and go ahead and add. Add the MA, wait half an hour to let it mix, then add the...
  10. GreatCanadian

    Clear green tint

    He'll owe you a drink !!
  11. GreatCanadian

    High Pressure Low Output (with a twist)

    I find it hard to determine clear water from dirty water in my sight glass. Anytime I backwash the water in the sight glass looks clear to me. But I have a small sight glass, so that would make it hard to determine as well. I asked the OP for a FC measurement but only heard back that it was...
  12. GreatCanadian

    New Pool Owner. Cloudiness. Need help in slamming process. Have Taylor kit results

    The above post on deep cleaning your sand filter is a great suggestion. Also, for your FYI, you need not change the sand in your filter. I'm mentioning this because you stated you replaced the sand. Of course it's no harm, but unnecessary. DON'T DO IT AGAIN! :) GC
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    Clear green tint

    That's a cool story! This site is awesome. I have 2 friends with pools that just refuse to use the TFP method. They have issues every season. And the hardest blow to one Dad was when his son jumped into my pool and shouted "THIS IS THE BEST WATER EVER!!". I could see his father wasn't too happy...
  14. GreatCanadian

    Have automatic chlorine generator on high, but FC is almost always zero

    Why would you even think that zero FC is ok? Even if it's clear at zero FC, I guarantee you that it won't be for long. Even at 2 or 3, I'm expecting an algae bloom because of what I am guessing is a CYA level of at least 40. That's a pure guess based on what you say you've added to your pool...
  15. GreatCanadian

    Making Sure

    Had to SLAM a friend's pool a couple of years ago. We took a 10 foot rod and marked it every 6 inches. It worked really well to determine how much clearer the water was getting each day. As kimkats said, it's difficult if not darn near impossible to notice slight color changes. Dip the rod in...
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    Converted to store method instead of TFP..... sorry

    Oh I am not disputing that, and I have no arguments against that method. For you, and pool owners who are aware of the POSSIBILITY of loss due to backwash, it isn't an issue. But I have read stories on here of members SLAMing their pool with no CYA. Other members have suggested they add CYA, and...
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    Converted to store method instead of TFP..... sorry

    Hey jb, yes you are of course correct. But the concern is losing any undissolved stabilizer when backwashing. If he didn't backwash, then obviously it's fine. Safer to advise that the sock be placed in front of a return. That's just my humble opinion, and 2 cents Canadian. GC
  18. GreatCanadian

    Added Borates to my pool, now FC reads zero

    I add borates to my pool usually a week or so after startup each season. No effect on FC. Now back to the important stuff!! If your FC is at zero you are asking for trouble and need to fix it ASAP. You need to obtain an accurate FC reading (i.e. NOT WITH STRIPS!!). Post your FC and CYA readings...
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    Crystal Clear Water with little to zero chlorine levels?? Is it safe?

    One quick question. How did you add your CYA? If you added it through the skimmer it could have been lost before it dissolved if you backwashed. GC
  20. GreatCanadian

    IC 40 reads low salt; Pentair told me to bring down phosphates?

    How are you testing? Just want to be sure those are accurate measurements. GC
  21. GreatCanadian

    SWG bit the dust

    It certainly can be permanent if you want it to be. As a matter of fact (this would probably make a good poll), most members here probably add their chlorine manually. You can save over time to get yourself a new SWG, or automator. But manually adding bleach works 100% fine. Other methods are...
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    Converted to store method instead of TFP..... sorry

    Your pool is 18,000 gallons? Your 4 pounds of stabilizer will raise your CYA by less than 30. So your testing maybe fine. How sure are you of that 18,000 gallon volume? If it's more, then yeah, your CYA could very well be measuring at 20. Generally CYA readings are not the most accurate (and...
  23. GreatCanadian

    Clear green tint

    @crokett: That's how I ended up at this site. My first pool was only a 12 foot round intex, but even with that, I wanted to do it right, but didn't have a clue. The first year was adding stuff from the pool stores. The second year was winging it on my own, and ended up full of algae. Small pool...
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    Not Enough Chlorine Produced

    If your SWG is working properly then you likely have organics. I believe you might be on the very edge of a full blown algae bloom, and the SWG is producing just barely enough to keep it at bay - for now. As suggested above use bleach and get your FC level up to where it should be. Perform an...
  25. GreatCanadian

    New Pool Owner. Cloudiness. Need help in slamming process. Have Taylor kit results

    I wouldn't add DE yet. Your filter will clog pretty quickly leading to more backwashing. When your SLAM is completed you could add some if you wanted. Some people say that their water is clearer when they add a little DE to their filter. But sand filters quite well and you will have a clear...
  26. GreatCanadian

    Help with ph and TA

    Are you swimming in your pool now? If so, I'd just let the pH drift back up again, and again lower it with MA. You don't need to hit a precise number with TA. My TA is above normal in my pool, but my pH sits at 7.6 and doesn't drift, so I live with the higher TA number.
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    Clear green tint

    Get the test kit, get the CYA and FC levels, and let us know what they are. We can tell you what to add, when to add it, when to test, and everything else to guide you through. Did I say get the test kit? If not, I'm sure someone above might have mentioned it. Oh and one more thing. Get the test...
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    Crystal clear but chlorine is ZERO!!??

    I think you were right on the cusp of a full algae bloom due to the high bather load. Had you not heeded your gut and raised the chlorine level when you did, you might not caught it. I didn't notice if you said your pool is covered or not during the day. Is it? If not, that will account for SOME...
  29. GreatCanadian

    New Kit, Green Pool

    That's actually quite an impressive timeline!! DO NOT STOP until you're finished, or you'll quickly be back to square one!! GC
  30. GreatCanadian

    High Pressure Low Output (with a twist)

    It sounds like it could possibly be the start of an algae bloom. 2 things make me think that. Firstly, you said you have little or no flow after 90 minutes. Secondly, you said that it seems to "reset" itself after a backwash. It sounds to me like the filter is doing its job, but there is lot for...