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  1. Texas Splash

    Getting to know our new pool (AUS)

    G'day and welcome to TFP! :wave: First, I'm going to modify your thread title to include "AUS" as that will help get some locals attracted to your thread as resources vary in your area. The biggest example - a proper test kit. You'll want to research ClearChoice Labs for the Taylor K-2006C...
  2. Texas Splash

    Icicle on skimmer

    Between the items you place inside the skimmer for expansion, and perhaps try another plastic cover (just in case), you should be fine.
  3. Texas Splash

    Frequency of Cal-Hypo with Stabilizer

    Welcome to TFP! :wave: Your stabilizer should be okay as long as you got it vacuumed back up into the filter,. Probably just took longer to dissolve. Next time ask us about the sock-soaking method. :) For the cal-hypo, I suspect your FC and CYA aren't ideally balanced as you can see on our...
  4. Texas Splash

    Icicle on skimmer

    Is this icicle coming out of the bottom of the skimmer? The outlet with no suction pipe connected? Also, did you place anything in the skimmer itself like a gizmo, pool noodles, or an empty jug to protect for expansion?
  5. Texas Splash

    Purple pool

    Kyna, welcome to TFP! :wave: Purple, while not the most common color we see, can be indicative of metals. Sometimes manganese, but also can be copper. Sometimes it's from the use of copper based algaecides, other times equipment that may have copper. Since you are new, I would suggest the...
  6. Texas Splash

    New Pool!

    DJ, your numbers look good in . The colder water is helping you with the slightly elevated pH. That's expected in colder water and just fine. So for now, Id say leave things alone. If you chose to add some calcium just to get to about 250 or so, watch the CSI in the APP. A higher CH might...
  7. Texas Splash

    Using bleach

    Dollar, it's not uncommon for new members to have questions about pool chemistry and to question why TFP levels differ from pool store or generic industry standards. It boils-down to today's relevant science and the evaluation of thousands of pools in the TFP database. While there are good...
  8. Texas Splash

    New Guy Pool Chemistry Question

    Your numbers aren't too crazy, but until you get your own TF-100 or Taylor K-2006C, be very careful about making any big changes. Pool store testing is often flawed. For now, keep the CH at the minimum of about 250 or so. You can leave the TA alone for now as well since I'm guessing your...
  9. Texas Splash

    New Guy Pool Chemistry Question

    We'll give it a few. It's still not showing as shared yet for some reason. Maybe copy & paste your test results for now? Also be sure to show in your signature which test kit you are using. Tabs are fine for now. Short-term use. Each tab increases stabilizer (CYA), so that's something...
  10. Texas Splash

    New Guy Pool Chemistry Question

    Welcome to TFP! :wave: When you say chlorine system, what exactly do you mean? Manually chlorinating (i.e. liquid chlorine), salt water generator, or something else? Also please update your signature with all of your pool and equipment info. That data helps us to determine the best chemical...
  11. Texas Splash

    Using bleach

    Regular bleach and liquid pool chlorine are the same thing - sodium hypochlorite. If you do use laundry bleach, make sure it's regular/plain. Never use anything that shows scented or splashless, and avoid the Clorox brand altogether. Tabs are okay for short-term use, but you have to be careful...
  12. Texas Splash

    Help, the pool is leaking

    Some companies have techs that will suit-up and get in the water to do a thorough check - for a price of course. But this time of year,, with COVID going on, I suspect they can be very selective on which jobs they take. It sounds as if the water is dropping fast. Where the waterline stops you...
  13. Texas Splash

    New guy looking for some guidance

    Welcome! :wave: I would agree that an FC of 1.5 is too low. Always balance the FC to your current CYA as noted on the . Use some muriatic acid to keep the pH at about 7.7-7.8 and you should do fine. Good job with your TF-100.
  14. Texas Splash

    What kind of vitamin C?

    Welcome to TFP! :wave: Just the regular tabs from the drug store. You can rub it on a a small stain or crush a few into a thin sock and rub that on an area.
  15. Texas Splash

    Very high hardness with Diamondbrite - empty and refill the pool?

    Since your pool is basically an indoor pool with no competing UV to deal with, you are able to maintain a lower CYA, then you can adjust your FC accordingly. Of course on the when you look at the salt pool chart, you'll only see a recommended CYA for 70-80, but you are unique to most. Since...
  16. Texas Splash

    Very high hardness with Diamondbrite - empty and refill the pool?

    CYA is only in the water when we add it. Your best bet is to use the APP (Effects of Adding Chemicals) to determine what will happen when you dose with any chemical. Good to hear you go the CYA down, but the water shouldn't just be cloudy. Watch your FC to CYA balance per the . If the...
  17. Texas Splash

    Can you help with Chemicals advice? Thank you

    Those Beautec products are marketed as one-stop remedy products, but don't do much IMO. The items Maddie listed above will be your go-to products over the course of the pool's lifetime. Stick close to the link below. It has everything you need...
  18. Texas Splash

    Very high hardness with Diamondbrite - empty and refill the pool?

    Yes, the Poolmath log is visible. :goodjob:
  19. Texas Splash

    Very high hardness with Diamondbrite - empty and refill the pool?

    So you know the CH is a bit elevated, and no CYA (stabilizer) is never good. Your plaster is old enough now to have CYA, but if you change some water to lower the CH, do that first so you don't waste the stabilizer. As for the original question that started this thread (the plaster...
  20. Texas Splash

    What is going on with this stain?

    Good point. :goodjob:
  21. Texas Splash

    What is going on with this stain?

    Dry acid is sold by pool stores and the pool departments of some big box stores. Dry acid is sold under various names, including PH Down, PH Reducer, PH Decreaser, Lo-n-Slo, etc.
  22. Texas Splash

    What is going on with this stain?

    The coin game might be related. If the copper residue remained and the plaster was never acid washed, it may be embedded in there. You'll know for sure once you do the test, but that's very possible. Also keep in mind that an elevated FC and pH will aggerate metal staining. So once the FC...
  23. Texas Splash

    What is going on with this stain?

    When you can get your hands on some dry acid, try that as well. The fact that the Vitamin C made the stains worse has me thinking it's copper. You can put the dry acid in a sock and tie it to the end of a pole to hold it against the stain if that works better for you.
  24. Texas Splash

    What is going on with this stain?

    I see your Poolmath logs now. :goodjob: I would lower the pH for sure. Get it down to about 7.6 or so. FC is a bit elevated for a salt pool. Did you just complete a SLAM?
  25. Texas Splash

    What is going on with this stain?

    Do you have any dry acid you could try on the stains? I would try that since the Vitamin C made it worse. See what kind of reaction you get. It would also be helpful to see a full set of test results next time you post just so we can be assured of what those levels are like. Other than salt...
  26. Texas Splash

    Very high hardness with Diamondbrite - empty and refill the pool?

    That will help tremendously. Good thing is the cooler waters should be helping you as well. In the meantime, some things you can do while you wait if you haven't already: - Download & use the APP; also make sure to select in your APP settings the ability to share your testing with others -...
  27. Texas Splash

    Very high hardness with Diamondbrite - empty and refill the pool?

    Can you post all of your numbers? Be sure to include the water temp and what test kit you are using. Hopefully it's a TF-100 or Taylor K-2006C. Please add which one to your signature as well. Hold-off on the drain for the moment until we can evaluate all the numbers.
  28. Texas Splash

    Hal3 is back with a new (to me) pool!

    I think you are right. Before doing that, you can perform a diluted CYA test as noted HERE. That should give you a good idea of how high over 100 you really are. Now is probably a good time to do the exchange. We've had little rain so the water tables are low and it's quite cool which is...
  29. Texas Splash

    Hal3 is back with a new (to me) pool!

    Welcome back! :wave: https://www.troublefreepool.com/blog/category/pool-school/pool-care-basics/
  30. Texas Splash

    Fort Myers, FL

    Congrats to your folks, not only for gaining a beautiful pool, but having someone in the family hook them up with a TF-100 AND IC40! Wow. :goodjob: From that CH level, I'm guessing previous owners must've been using some cal-hypo for a while huh? Well, the FL overflow rains should help with...