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    CYA test at Slam FC level.

    Is a CYA test accurate during a SLAM. My CYA has always been around 40 at startup. I jumped the gun and started added bleach without testing. Been at SLAM level since about 2 pm yesterday. Tested at noon today and raised it to 16. Tested at 3:30 and was back to 10.5 Fairly sunny day. Will...
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    Adding CYA, adjust pH or wait?

    I am in the process of dissolving 4 lbs of CYA in my pool. Tested the pH and it is a 6.8. I assume it will drop more by the time I am done. Should I adjust now or wait?
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    What to add first?

    Family went on a 25 day road trip this summer. Had relatives checking pool and using pucks to maintain. Pool looks great, a couple of numbers are low though. FC - 5 CC - 0 Ph - 7.5 CH - 125 (should be 250-400) TA - 70 (should be 100-120) CYA - 40 Pool math says 143 oz. of baking soda and 243...
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    Blue Lagoon for the 2nd year in a row

    Not sure what I'm missing in closing, but I opened today to another blue lagoon. Here are my numbers fc 0 cc 0 tc 0 CH 175 TA 70 Ph 7.8 CYA 30 I've vac'd 5 inches of water to waste and stopped. Still lots left in the deep end. Should I hit it with Bleach tonight or wait until I can get...
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    Isolating air leak

    Opened my pool on Monday. While SLAMming, noticing lots of bubbles coming from return jets. I've narrowed the leak to somewhere on the skimmer side of the 3 way diverter valve(no bubbles when using only port 2). My suspicion is the union is leaking because it is on that side of the valve...
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    Year 3 opening to Green Swamp

    Uncovered the pool today and saw the worst green algae in my pool. Unfortunately, my opening was interrupted by taking my son to the ER and then to my daughters awards banquet. So, here I sit at 10:40 pm testing pool water. Here are my initial numbers FC 0 CC 0 TA 40 CH 50 pH between 7.2 and...
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    Major dilemma - What would you do?

    Backstory, I was getting sand in my pool. My assumption was that I had a broken lateral. I did the research and ordered 5 laterals off of ebay. When they showed up yesterday, I took the filter apart and only one of the laterals was still attached to the piping assembly. Therefore, I have six...
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    Multi-port valve leaking

    I am assuming that I damaged at least one of my laterals last summer when I was cleaning my sand filter. Because of this, I have gone through 2 spider gaskets in my multiport valve. I am now getting water leaking out my waste line. I am assuming this is clean water because the port is set to...
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    TFPC Method - Season 2 opening....I'm officially sold.

    Well guys as the title says, I am now sold on this method. I have to admit I was a skeptic last year after going through an entire tf-100 kit and about 80 gallons of bleach trying to complete my first SLAM. I literally took my cover off at 4 pm today, about 3 hours ago and after 1 vac to...
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    TFP season 2: Thinking about SWG conversion

    I used the tfp method for the first time last year. I actually enjoy the daily testing, BUT...we have a couple of extended vacations planned this year and am looking to simplify things for the "caretaker" knowing they live half and hour away and will not be there daily. Besides, I've thought...
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    Survived First Year, now I've made a Closing Mistake.

    Switching to bleach has been interesting to say the least. It truly tested my patience with my first slam. I believe it took me 60 gallons of bleach before it came to an end. Now that it is closing time, actually a month past closing time. I made a mistake. I was going to take my pool to...
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    Filter Sand

    I just got done reading the post about deep cleaning your filter sand. http://www.troublefreepool.com/threads/73192-Deep-Cleaning-a-Sand-Filter From the videos, the sand shown in the filter is much finer(looks like play sand) than the pool filter sand at the store(or what is in my filter)...
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    TF100 Test Kit - First Result

    I just opened my pool yesterday, mesh cover, and vacuumed the junk to waste. Mostly worms. Pool is cloudy, I can barely see the main drain in deep end. Water was high, almost to edge of liner. Is that why TA is so low? FC 2.5 CC 2.5 TC 5 CH 150 ppm (How blue is blue?) TA 180 CYA 70ish...
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    TFP Newb - First shopping trip.

    Question 1. I am getting ready to open up and have decided to give this a go. Need to make a shopping list. How much of the supplies do you keep on hand. Bleach, Borax, Baking Soda etc. FYI - I have had a history of "pink slime." Kept it in check last year, but it does show up. Question...