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  1. pb4uswim

    Winter Testing

    Does this make sense? I closed the pool. CYA of 70 and FC was about 22. No Polyquat. I'm thinking that I can (should) test the water throughout the winter as long as it’s not frozen. Thinking every week or every other week. I would just pull a bit of water using the pvc pipe/straw method...
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    Diminishing Returns on CL

    I'm closing my pool and bringing my chlorine level up to SLAM level. CYA is around 70 (SWG). I added three gallons of 12.5 chlorine and the pool got up to 22FC. So the next day, I put in another gallon and I only got about 2 more PPM. Weather is chilly, no one is swimming but it is sunny so...
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    How careful do I need to be with SLAM level water?

    I’m about to close the pool and I’m wondering about the high level of chlorine and how to handle the water. If I bring It up to SLAM level, that is 28 for my cya. At that level, how careful do I have to be with the water? Will it bleach my clothes? Should I make it clear to the people closing...
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    Last Swim

    Today was our last swim for the season. It got up to almost 80 degrees today and I heated the water to 85. Daughter and grandkids came over. I got the smoker out and did a pork butt for some pulled pork. Everyone swam into the evening (night swimming) with the pool lights on. It was a good...
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    Closing chlorine amount

    In closing, I will need about 3 gallons of chlorine (12.5%) to get my pool to SLAM level. (I'm at about 6 FC now and three gallons will take me to 28 per the calculator. My cya is 70.) The pool store sells a case of 4 gallons for $14. If I have to open the 4th gallon to get up to SLAM level...
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    Last complete test before closing

    These are my current numbers. Other than bringing CL up to SLAM level, do you see anything I should address before closing? I have about 10 days before I close. Pool is nice and clear. FC - 7.5 CC - 0 PH - 7.75 TA - 85 CH - 200 CYA - 70 Thanks.
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    Testing CYA question

    In the TF-100 kit, the directions are to fill the supplied bottle with the reagent up to the label and the rest with pool water. Further reading leads me to believe this is a 50/50 mix or, about 15 ml of each (reagent and pool water) My question is whether or not I can make a smaller batch...
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    Adding CL to a closed pool

    I will be closing a bit early. I plan to bring the pool up to SLAM level and not use polyquat. In reading this forum, some mentioned checking the CL monthly (assuming until it’s real cold/freezing) and adding CL if needed. My question is about adding CL without the pump. I’m also wondering...
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    1st closing to be hired out but have questions

    I have some questions/concerns about closing my pool this season. Hoping to get some feedback from the group. My concerns are compounded by the fact that this is a first year pool and I have a belief that the best person to close the pool is the company that installed the pool. Unfortunately...
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    Curved Handled Brush

    Has anyone ever seen a brush with a curved handle. Or a pole with a curved handle. My brush handle and pole are straight. When I brush the sides, I have to reach out into the pool a bit in order to get the brush flat on the wall (not a big issue) and when I get up to the top, if I’m too...
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    First time using muriatic acid.

    Today was the first time I used muriatic acid to lower my PH. Just want to thank the members here for making it so much easier than it could have been. It was a new bottle that I had set outside near my shed. So I gloved up, put on some goggles and then I rinsed the jug off, opened it and...
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    Update on test results and new questions.

    My last test results were: FC - 3.5 CC - 0 PH - 7.5 TA - 90 CH - 250 CYA - 75 The main thing I’ve done since my last post is focused on increasing my CYA. I feel comfortable that it’s between 70 and 80. At this reading, my FC was low, but I’ve increased the pump time so my SWG will deliver...
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    New Cover Questions

    Just got a solar cover and hoping I can get a few questions answered. - Should I cut it to exact size. The cover as a bit long and wide. Should I trim it to fit the water line exactly or not trim it at all or something else? - I assume it’s okay to run the pump with the cover on. - When I...
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    Air bubbles in return jets

    I have bubbles coming from my returns. Been doing some reading and a couple things: The bubbles seem bigger when the pump is running on med (about 1/2 speed). When I bring the speed of the pump up, the bubbles appear to go away, but I think what's really happening is that they're getting...
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    Storing MA

    I’m making the switch to MA from a dry granular product. I’ve read a few posts about storage and am going to just put it outside. I’m thinking I’ll just put the bottle in a milk type crate so that it does not tip over. I have a nice place near my equipment pad, but that’s where my question...
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    CYA, FC and pump run time.

    Today's results are: PH - 7.6 FC - 5 CC - 0 CH - 225 TA - 90 CYA - 40 Things are looking pretty good, so I'm not making any big changes at this time. I've been struggling with the CYA test, but I feel that the result is good now and am adjusting my FC up slowly. Because I'm using a SWG, it...
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    Check my logic on CYA

    I got my test kit and as described in my "first test" post, I struggled with the CYA reading. By the time I couldn't see the black dot, my reading was around 40 going to 30. The pool store indicated my reading was mid 50's. So, I did some research. Since this is a new pool, I realized that...
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    First Test Results

    I received my T-100 today and did my first round of tests. Per the basic two vial test, CL was in the 5-10 range and the PH was between 7.5 and 7.8. FC = 4 CC = .5 CH = 200-250 TA = 90 CYA = 40 Comments/Observations Not sure about the chlorine. On the basic test kit, the color was a pretty...
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    Shoes for around the pool

    Any ideas for some shoes for around the pool. I tried using my Crocs, but when they get wet, they tend to give me a blister in the arch of my foot. Other than that, they’re nice in that they’re water proof and they slide on easily. They also have a back strap that holds them on my feet better...
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    OCLT timing question

    I know the instructions are to test after the sun goes down and in the morning before the sun hits the pool. Is there a recommended amount of time between the tests? I’m up at all hours and I’m sure I’d want to test it if I’m up early but I want to make sure I’ve gone at least the minimum...
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    Buying a new cartridge filter

    I want to buy a new filter so that I can just swap out when cleaning. I have a Hayward CX200XRE (is says CS200E on the filter but the references seem to use the cx200xre). I’m wondering if anyone has a strong opinion about using any alternative brand. I see Pleatco and Unicel as aternatives...
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    Another "Do I have Algae" question (sorry).

    First - I've ordered my test kit but in the meantime, I went to the pool store and below are the results of my test: PH - 7.7 Free Chlorine - 5.6 Total Chlorine - 5.6 Total Alkalinity - 84 Calcium Hardness - 156 CYA - 56 Optimizer - 4 Phosphate - 32 Salt - 3620 But my question is about algae...
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    New Member

    Greetings. First time pool owner looking for education in maintaining it. Live in Michigan so pool will be open for only a few months out of the year and I’d like to spend more time using it than working on it. I’ve only had the pool for about a month and a local pool store has been very...