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  1. CarolD

    Liquid Chlorine from Pinch-a-Penny

    I am having a difficult time getting liquid chlorine in Houston this summer. I am guessing supply chain problems with COVID-19. Anyway, my go to source has always been Home Depot, which typically has plentiful amounts of very fresh, 10% LC. Except this summer. We have a newly opened...
  2. CarolD

    Cloudy water?

    Help! A few weeks ago I slammed my pool because I was seeing a little bit of algae. Slam went fine, got through OCLT, CC at zero and pool was crystal clear and beautiful. Since then, I've maintained my CYA at 60 and then 50. Since completing my slam, I haven't let my FC fall below 5ppm...
  3. CarolD

    SLAM questions

    Hi TFP gurus! I am mid-SLAM and I have questions! 1. Vacuuming to waste. Several posts I've read said to vacuum to waste to get rid of the dead algae and other debris. My vacuum is integrated to the pool and runs into the filter. If I *can* vacuum to waste, I don't know how. I usually just...
  4. CarolD

    Slamming with an ozonator

    Well, I went out to brush the pool this afternoon and saw a bit of algae brush off the walls of the pool. Sad. Other than the algae, the pool is clear (I can see the individual pebbles in the plaster on the floor of the pool.) Numbers generally look good, and I'm pretty religious about...
  5. CarolD

    Winter Chlorine Dosing

    Well hello again. I have a question about dosing LC in the winter for a pool that remains open (50-60 degrees typically.) As cooler weather started in November, I was still testing daily, and found that I needed just under a quart a day to keep my pool at 8 FC. When the weather is cold and...
  6. CarolD

    Choosing the right SWCG

    I've been doing research on which SWCG to buy to convert my pool from liquid chlorine. I have all Hayward equipment and automation right now. I've read where I should size the SWCG at twice the size of my pool, so minimum 42,500 gallons. I saw a previous post where someone suggested going...
  7. CarolD

    Total Alkalinity question

    I just went back to reread the Pool School posts about recommended TA levels and now I have questions. Background: I had been keeping my TA around 80 and letting my PH creep upwards to 8.0 before lowering it with MA. With fairly high water temps in my area, that resulted in a positive CSI...
  8. CarolD

    Pumice Stone

    Ok I feel really dumb here. I am trying to clean tiles at the water line which seem to have a calcium buildup. I am using a pumice stone that I purchased at Home Depot in the pool chemical section. As I am rubbing off the buildup, the pumice stone is dissolving and going into the water. Also...
  9. CarolD

    How to calculate how much CYA in a puck

    I know this question has been asked before, and I have read the answer, but I can't find it right now. I am kicking myself. I left the water on overnight and did an unintended water exchange. I measured this morning and my CYA had dropped so I could see the dot with a full tube, so I am...
  10. CarolD

    15 Jugs of Chlorine, and what do you get?

    You get a hump in your back, sucka. I made the switch to using liquid chlorine late last year. My pool is just over a year old. I've read here that most people on this forum (seems like far greater than 50%) use SWCG for chlorine generation. While I've been thrilled with the results of...
  11. CarolD

    Testing puzzle

    I am a bit puzzled by my latest test results. I have two test kits. My main kit is a Taylor K-2006. I have a secondary kit (my first kit purchase, while I was still making the transition from test strips to drops) which is a K-1001. Both are less than a year old. I rarely use the K-1001...
  12. CarolD

    Algaecide and Sequestrant

    Hello again. First of all, I just read through a 17 page thread about clearing cloudy pool water. I am so impressed with the patience you've shown and the help you've given the OP. It is really commendable! I hope her water clears soon! Now for my question. When my pool was finished in...
  13. CarolD

    TFTestKits CYA View Tube Question

    I own the K-2006 test kit, but I was poking around on the TFTestKits website looking for things to spend my money on (since I now stay out of the pool store). I ran across the CYA View Tube for $3.50. It's a nice looking view tube with a bigger dot at the bottom, so I think it might be easier...
  14. CarolD

    Chlorine, chlorine, who bought all the chlorine. Oh, it was me...

    I was reading through another thread and it sparked a question about my pool. In the other thread, someone mentioned that their target was 8-10, and it was mentioned that adding chlorine above 10 was just a waste of chlorine. (I am paraphrasing here.) So here is my situation. With 50 CYA, my...
  15. CarolD

    High FC burn off rate?

    Hello again. I am looking for validation that I am doing this TFP Pool care right. I am burning off FC at a rate of about 5 ppm per day. I have added a gallon of 10% chlorine every night for the past week. I did an overnight chlorine test and lost about 0.2 ppm. Is it normal that I should...
  16. CarolD

    Is this calcium scale?

    I have an IG pool with a moss rock waterfall. The pool is about a year old. We are in Texas, so leave the pool open year round. Over the past few months (maybe over the winter?) I have noticed a build up of a white substance in the water where the rocks end and the plaster begins. While we...
  17. CarolD

    Testing for Free Chlorine

    Taylor k-2006 test kit. The instructions say to use 2 level scoops of the R-0870 powder, and offer no alternative instructions for 10ml vs 25ml samples. I have been using 2 scoops on a 10ml sample. Just read a post that says use 1 scoop for 10ml vs 2. Have I been testing wrong all this time...
  18. CarolD

    Hi there, new from Houston, TX

    Hello TFP! I am a new pool owner (July, 2018) from a suburb of Houston, TX. Pool info is in my sig. I have been a lurker for the past 8 months or so, but after following the TFP plan for a while, I find I have questions. I've read the info in Pool School, and have been perusing the forums...
  19. CarolD

    New, New...and so lost

    Our new pool was just finished a few weeks ago. We have a 20,500 gallon inground free form pool. All Hayward equipment. I am completely new to pools and new to this site. So Hi! I was looking for info on properly maintaining our new pool and found TFP...so I registered and am introducing...