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    Brand new to pool care and feeling overwhelmed

    15 minutes after you dose up to 10 PPM. FC greater than 5PPM, no ammonia, add CYA via sock method, add muriatic acid to lower PH to 7.2, proceed with SLAM. FC less than 5PPM, possible ammonia, redose to 10 and test again after 15 minutes. Keep in that cycle until FC holds above 5.
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    Brand new to pool care and feeling overwhelmed

    I would simply raise the FC to 10, use PoolMath - Trouble Free Pool to calculate. Circulate for 15 minutes and test. The algae will consume some of it, so don't expect it to test at 10. You're looking for any value above 5. Ammonia will consume the chlorine very quickly if it is present. I...
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    Brand new to pool care and feeling overwhelmed

    Was your FC test done with the 25ML sample or the 10ML sample? If 10, your FC would be 1. If 25, your FC would be 0.4. Now that we got that out of the way, you need to SLAM. Start by knocking your PH down to 7.2, that should be an easy win. After that, I find it hard to believe there is 0...
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    Signing Contract soon! Central Nebraska Pool Build

    Concrete decking sealer was put on yesterday, so I was able to salt the pool. I aimed for 3000 ppm yesterday morning and tested last night at 3200 ppm (salt test strips, yuck). I plan to get the Taylor salt test when I have to order refills for my kit. I have never managed a pool with a salt...
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    Where to start...?

    I would stop adding ANYTHING to the water other than chlorine until your test kit arrives. Simply put, everything else is just shooting in the dark. Your only goal is to try to keep it from getting much worse between now and when you can properly test your water. I would add 5 PPM of chlorine...
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    Always amazed how much chlorine full sun sucks up

    Yes, target is what you should aim for, knowing that you will lose some to the sun and some to contaminants throughout the course of the day. If you can test at roughly the same time each day, you'll know exactly how much you lose each day and can adjust your target up or down within the target...
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    Signing Contract soon! Central Nebraska Pool Build

    Oh yes, they are earning their keep. Currently paying out $5/hr for shovel work, interestingly enough my youngest has put in the most hours!
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    New Pool - Stagnation?

    We are finishing up our build, see thread here: Signing Contract soon! Central Nebraska Pool Build We had 6 days from when we filled to when we were able to fire up the pump/filter. I approached it by adding 5PPM chlorine each day, brushing as best I could to get it all mixed up and then...
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    Signing Contract soon! Central Nebraska Pool Build

    I haven’t updated in a while, but we got the decking poured just in time for the weekend. That left me with a huge amount of overspill in the pool. I used the dolphin to get most of it, then played a game of rock diving with the kids. They pulled out most of the rocks that the dolphin missed. We...
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    Struggling with algae but decent numbers

    Your CYA climbs each year because of the use of tabs. Tabs add CYA to the water and it stays in the water. It is not normal to have to drain every 12-18 months because of high CYA, unless you are adding CYA as part of your chlorination routine. Stick to bleach or get a SWCG and you won't have...
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    Signing Contract soon! Central Nebraska Pool Build

    I didn’t even think about the kids handprints. If they want to, which they probably will, I’d like that. I remember doing that as a kid when my pop installed a basketball hoop.
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    Signing Contract soon! Central Nebraska Pool Build

    All prepped. Tomorrow, we do decking!
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    Recommendations on Sprinkler Heads

    I've built several sprinkler systems, whether for me or helping out friends. I exclusively use Hunter heads. As to their spray type heads, they have several models that can be adjusted from 0 degrees to 360 degrees simply by twisting the top.
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    Signing Contract soon! Central Nebraska Pool Build

    This is why I love TFP.
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    Signing Contract soon! Central Nebraska Pool Build

    Thank you both. Yes, it’s been impossible to keep the kids out of the pool. At this point I’ve stopped trying and just let them swim.
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    Signing Contract soon! Central Nebraska Pool Build

    We got the plumbing done and the pump fired up last night. So happy to finally have filtration. The water was getting a bit cloudy. I talked the contractor into allowing me to manage chemistry from here. I loaded up 30 ppm of CYA last night via the sock method. It’s now done dissolving. Brought...
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    3+ Weeks of Cloudy Water

    SLAM - Shock, Level, Maintain. Maintain is the part that you are missing. To pass a SLAM, you must keep FC at SLAM level until you pass three tests. 1 - CC is .5 or lower 2 - Pass an Overnight Chlorine Loss Test 3 - Water is completely clear Clarifiers are not needed. Chlorine, at SLAM...
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    New (to us) Home with In Ground Pool

    @mknauss has a method for exchanging water without draining. I don't know if his method would be suitable for HOT days in Arizona. Perhaps he will chime in.
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    Signing Contract soon! Central Nebraska Pool Build

    Floor is finished and the liner is installed. I absolutely love the liner. Our contractor tried to talk us out of this liner because he had never installed it before but once it was installed and started filling he told me he wished more of his customers would choose this liner because he...
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    Draining pool to reduce CYA, replacing water, then SLAMing

    Knowing that your PH has been historically low and your CYA is off the charts high, it begs the question. How have you been adding chlorine in the past? If you were using Trichlor pucks, they are acidic and will lower PH. That could be the reason you had low PH and when you stop using them...
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    New (to us) Home with In Ground Pool

    To test your fill water, just pull water from your tap and test it, unless you’re gonna have water trucked in. Skip CYA because it will be zero.
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    New (to us) Home with In Ground Pool

    Yep. Looks like a full water exchange. You’ll thank yourself for doing it. Water with CYA that high is completely unmanageable due to the high chlorine it will demand.
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    New (to us) Home with In Ground Pool

    Your CYA may be well over 200. You can do the diluted CYA test and see if that gets you a more valid number. I’m not good with links, but search for the TF100 extended directions. It looks like you’ve probably found the reason that the previous owner was going to do a drain/refill. You’re going...
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    Signing Contract soon! Central Nebraska Pool Build

    Vermiculite floor is poured. They’re working on the final sanding of the floor and planning to install the liner today. Water is going to start running tonight!
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    New (to us) Home with In Ground Pool

    If it was me, I would use pool math to calculate the size of pool you have. Then I would add 3-4 ppm liquid chlorine to the pool each day until your kit arrives. Once it arrives, post a full set of test results.
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    I think I have algae. I know I have tons of water boatman

    What is your CYA? Nobody can tell whether your FC level is adequate without knowing your CYA.
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    New (to us) Home with In Ground Pool

    Hopefully, the water is in a decent balance but I would doubt it. Rest assured that when your kit arrives and you can do your own testing the folks here will be able to take you through whatever needs to be done in order to make that pool trouble free for you. Have you studied pool school and...
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    New (to us) Home with In Ground Pool

    Welcome to the forum. Good job on the test kit. It'll save you headaches, money and give you peace of mind that you can manage your water correctly. Do you know anything about how the pool was maintained before you bought the house? If not, I would certainly recommend getting a CYA test...
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    IC40 Problems

    Yes, you can switch to bleach. Just be sure to test daily in the beginning so you can get a handle on the amount of loss you have per day.
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    What do I do with all the used sand?

    If you have a basement. Spread it out in your window wells. It’ll do a fine job of preventing weeds from growing.