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    Balance new pool water. Help please.

    Welcome to TFP! Stay away from Leslie's!!! They'll try to sell you a bunch of stuff you do not need! Get the TF-100 test kit it will save you a whole lot of cash in the long run!
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    New to building a pool, owning a pool, and caring for a pool.. first two completed

    Pretty pool!!! You're off to a great start!
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    Help Please, New at pool math. Bleach Borax and stabilizer seems like a lot!

    Not sure how you got those numbers, but pool math says you need 17oz of 8.25% bleach to get you to 3 FC (that's just over a pint I'd suggest you could put that in now), 79 oz of borax, and 39 oz of liquid stabilizer or ~ 1 lb of granular (I'd suggest). But yes, you should really get the TF-100...
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    Going down to 30 tonight. Should I run the pump all night

    I run my pump at 1500 rpm for normal operations , ie cleaner and skimming/swg and now 750 for freeze protection. I've been told that the boost pump will run the cleaner sufficiently regardless of main pump rpm as long as there's flow. I haven't checked it at a lower rpm than 1500. Maybe next...
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    Pump engine whining

    Well, we're getting all we need and then some this morning!
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    Going down to 30 tonight. Should I run the pump all night

    What I'll keep in mind is that I've had faucets freeze at 30° and equipment replacement is big bucks I don't have to spend. I'd rather be safe than sorry. The default for my freeze sensor is 32° so, I think I'll leave it at that. The temp Tuesday morning is supposed to be 25° here.
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    Pump engine whining

    Hey neighbor! You need to keep a close eye on your water level and never let it go below the skimmer opening. I try to keep mine at the middle of the opening and top off immediately upon finding it close to the bottom of the opening. My water level is such that proper level is indicated when...
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    Going down to 30 tonight. Should I run the pump all night

    The digital timer runs the boost pump and the swcg. I've had the timer for over a year. And while I schedule all the pump runs on the pump itself, I find it convenient to use the timer to sync the boost pump the swg and the intelliflo. Besides the pumps freeze protection is for only the pump...
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    Going down to 30 tonight. Should I run the pump all night

    That's exactly why I bought an intermatic digital timer with a freeze sensor. It will supply power to my pump any time it gets to 32° then turn it off again when it gets above 32°. I just schedule a 24 hr runtime on my intelliflo at 450 rpm which will start when my timer's sensor supplys power...
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    Should I SLAM even though it's Fall and I'm not using the pool? FC @ 0

    You've said the temps are ~ 50 +- 10 that sounds like air temp to me. It's water temp that determines your swg running or not.If you don't already have one, you might consider investing a couple bucks in a cheap pool thermometer. Your swg owners manual should tell you the temp range for it to...
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    Just getting started

    Welcome to tfp. You're off to a good start with that tf-100 test kit. We normally post fc/cc results. No need to ever use phosfree if you keep your FC at an appropriate level. You might reconsider using calhypo for chlorine. There are detrimental factors for all forms of solid chlorine...
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    Problems with refilled pool: Water turned green after adding chlorine

    The problem with doing it that way is when you put the weight of the trichlor tab. That will give yoy the amount of fc that will have been put in by the time it is dissolved, which when tested won't even be close to what you expected since fc is being constantly used up. What can make that...
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    Problems with refilled pool: Water turned green after adding chlorine

    Use granulated stabilizer/ conditioner for cya--solid chlorine-- tabs and shock --will take a long time to get your cya up to where you need it. Use regular bleach for your chlorine. As said before, get your ph down, cya up and test and dose fc daily. Looks like your SLAM shouldn't take too long.
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    Refilling your Drianed pool

    I'd definitely get the fas-dpd too.
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    Preliminary numbers after drain/refill

    Have you tested your fill water? Mine was 140 out of the hose. Lowering TA usually needs to be done in more than one step.
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    Storing muriatic acid in the garage = RUST

    I've had 2 gals of muriatic acid (unused/unopened) in my garage for two years. Have had no leakage or any noticeable effects whatsoever. I'm assuming they're sealed at the mouth of the bottle-- the same as my bleach that I'm storing. If I opened the bottles, I guess I'd move them outside.
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    First time pool owner, so many questions!

    I'd doubt draining a third would cause a problem.
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    HELP Getting Started

    What's your pH? You might want to add some cya to get you 20-30 ppm then start your slam. Put it in a sock then in your skimmer or in front of a return jet. Squeeze often to get it to dissolve quicker. What chemicals have you put in your pool based on Leslie's recommendation? If you used...
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    First time pool owner, so many questions!

    Welcome to TFP. Along with testing CH, you might want to test your fill water TA as well. As far as CYA is concerned, you might want to consider doing a 50/50 dilution test, and double the result. If its still 100 or more, then a 25/75 sample would give you a closer result. Diluted tests aren't...
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    plan to replace 50% water and slam monday any tips?

    pH might be just a tad high, but I'd say slam away!
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    New DIY Pool is GREEN should I clean or close? Is getting cold here.

    Yes the water from the hose. Cya is also called Stabilizer or conditioner. I got mine from Walmart -- put it in a sock and in your skimmer or hang it in front of a return. Squeeze it often to quicken the dissolve process.
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    New DIY Pool is GREEN should I clean or close? Is getting cold here.

    I'm not surprised you have no cya. Have you tested your fill water? You will need to add some cya to get you to 30ppm initially then 50 once you complete the slam. Oh, and use the 10ml sample for fc/cc testing.
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    plan to replace 50% water and slam monday any tips?

    Conventional wisdom here recommends cya of 30-50 for a non-swg pool. In TX, I'm assuming you get a lot is sunshine there and 50 is probably a better level for your pool. That would require a 69% drain and replace. You could do that drain and refill in two parts, say, a 50% and a 38%. The...
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    Just starting BBB method...

    I got mine directly from Taylor Technologies. Over $50 order, shipping is free. Got my speed stir at the same time. You can find them on Amazon, but getting them directly you can count on them being the freshest. The r-0013 shouldn't be a problem, but I'd want the r-0871 to be the latest...
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    plan to replace 50% water and slam monday any tips?

    Great!!! I was hoping that was the answer. You could do a diluted test 50/50 pool and tap water then multiply the result by 2. Hopefully, you'll get a 50 or lower result before multiplication. That will give you a better indication of how much water you'll need to replace. Update: or maybe not...
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    Just starting BBB method...

    Not since I bought the 16 oz bottles of both r-0871 and r-0013 over a year ago. I only recently bought a refill of the r-0003 and just last week used the last of the original .75 bottle. I also refilled the ta reagent a little while ago.
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    New DIY Pool is GREEN should I clean or close? Is getting cold here.

    Good that you're getting that k-2006 test kit. You might consider getting a bigger bottle of the r-0871 as i see a SLAM in your future. And maybe some r-0013 as well. I have a feeling you might not have any cya in your pool? Have you been getting your water tested anywhere? Even test strips...
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    plan to replace 50% water and slam monday any tips?

    It looks like you may not be testing your water with an adequate test kit. Please correct me if I'm wrong about that. I'd be suprised if your CYA isn't actually higher maybe even substantially.
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    Just starting BBB method...

    FC/CC, pH daily. TA and CH weekly and CYA monthly unless some major water changes took place.
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    New pool owner - first *accurate* test results

    You might consider doing the fc/cc test every evening at the same time and dose your fc back up to the recommended level. That way, you should be able to better establish your approximate daily fc loss. I'd bet your water temp stays higher for longer than mine up here in SC. Currently, my water...