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    Why is this happening?

    Guess the gallon I added yesterday didn’t put a dent in it ���� Ok off to slam!
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    Why is this happening?

    Yes I think the FC dropped pretty low. I increased the % that the SWG produces. Do you think I need to test CC or just start SLAM?
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    Why is this happening?

    I’ve been balancing the chemicals in our saltwater pool since it was built, 3+ years now. Thanks to TFP, I felt like I could handle this on my own and have been successful so far. Now I need your help. Our pool is green and cloudy. I upped the salt % to 20% which for this time of year is usually...
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    Problems with salt level and FC

    Ok, I just added a jug of bleach and a 40 lb bag of salt. I read somewhere online that you should turn off the salt cell while it is dissolving. Is that really necessary? And if so, how do I turn it off?
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    Problems with salt level and FC

    Thank for the input! Pat, the CYA was actually 0 a month ago. I worked hard to get it up to 80! I agree I don't want it to go much higher. Should I use just regular Clorox? Jason we just built the pool, finished in January. Could there be a chance of buildup already? Chuckie good to know...
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    Problems with salt level and FC

    I've been using the TFP Taylor test kit since we've had our pool, about 5 months. I think I've managed the levels fairly well but now I need some guidance. We had a huge pool party 4 days ago then a torrential rainstorm last night and my FC is down to 1. I increased the salt percentage to 55%...
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    Why are TFP's recommended levels so different than my equipment manufacturer's?

    Most concerning is FC. TFP recommends 4-6, Hayward 1-3. Pretty big difference. CYA 70-80, Hayward 30-50 TA 60-80, Hayward 80-120 pH 7.5-7.6, Hayward 7.2-7.6 not that much different but Hayward has a wider range. I've been trying maintain my pool with TFP's recommendations but I can't figure...
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    Numbers too high - how do I fix?

    That's what I was thinking too. I've got cyanuric acid coming from Amazon and as soon as that gets here, I'll put it in the pool. Thanks for your help!
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    Numbers too high - how do I fix?

    Water is crystal clear, no cloudiness.
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    Numbers too high - how do I fix?

    Well this is very curious. After draining the pool for hours, I tested the salt levels yesterday and they are exactly the same! How can that be? I guess it didn't drain that much after all. :-/ At 3780 ppm, it's slightly above recommended levels (3400 is upper limits). I'm tempted just to...
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    Numbers too high - how do I fix?

    Northrn that video was so helpful, thanks for posting the link! Kiss4afrog what do you think about this reference? http://www.troublefreepool.com/content/134-recommended-levels Maybe I'm reading into it too much and it doesn't matter that much. My water looks great, no signs of algae and...
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    Numbers too high - how do I fix?

    I've got the pool draining now to adjust salt levels. Numbers today FC 6.5 higher today but I believd because my husband ran the pump overnight Sat night. CC 0.5 TA 90 Ca hardness 400 - is this high because my pool is new? CYA <20 - does the water get cloudier as you fill the tube up? Is...
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    Numbers too high - how do I fix?

    Thanks guys, really appreciate it. I feel like I am learning a whole new language here and it's a steep learning curve, so I really appreciate your patience and explanations. I need to go back and reread pool chem again; it makes more sense each time I do. Tomorrow I will try to test CYA again...
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    Numbers too high - how do I fix?

    Ok I ran the more precise chlorine test just now and FC is 4, CC is 0.5. PH is a little higher today at 7.8, salt is still high at 3780. What, if anything, should I do? If my salt cell is converting the salt to chlorine, should I turn the percentage down? It's at 50% now. If I do, won't they...
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    Numbers too high - how do I fix?

    I used the TFP Taylor test kit. The Br is next to the Cl. Guess it doesn't mean anything with a salt pool? I did the CYA test yesterday but couldn't get a reading. This is the one that takes a few times to "get it", right? I was able to see the black dot with water all the way up the tube so I...
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    Numbers too high - how do I fix?

    I've never had a pool before but I've been on TFP for a while now and I've leaned a lot. But now practical application begins. We have a salt pool and our pool school guy (not PB) found out we were missing the piece that electrically converts salt to chlorine (don't recall the name). Got that...
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    Outdoor furniture and saltwater pools

    We just finished our SWG pool and are looking into outdoor furniture. I never gave the type of furniture a second thought until an acquaintance mentioned that her outdoor furniture was ruined because of her salt pool. First I've heard of this. I don't know what material her furniture was made...
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    New Build SW Houston

    So exciting! Looks great. That plaster is going to look amazing filled with water.
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    Geometric Houston pool

    Dave, will I need to brush past the 6 weeks? I'm just hesitant to buy a new brush if it's only for the short term. The pool is looking better everyday - the color is really developing and looking so good! The Paramount in-floor cleaner people are coming out next week to check the system and...
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    New Build SW Houston

    Love your outdoor kitchen set up! Will you select another flagstone counter or go with another material?
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    Geometric Houston pool

    Aaaannd we have blue water! Deck finished Saturday. The guys stained it kind of a variegated pattern to match the stone on the wall but it looked splotchy so DH and I asked them to even it out a bit. But to do that, they had to stain the lighter parts darker. So it came out darker overall...
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    Geometric Houston pool

    Full as of this morning! Spa is next but the plaster guys left off the drain covers. PB is getting that fixed. Then firepit, firebowls, shock, etc. Ready for this to be done!
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    Geometric Houston pool

    As of 8 am this morning. The water has distinct green tones in it which we didn't want. That should go away once they acid wash it and the water is balanced, right?
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    New Member, First Build...What have we gotten into?

    Sooo nice! This weather has been nutso, huh?? I can't wait to experience a Calgon hot tub moment. Sounds wonderful...
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    Geometric Houston pool

    Pool is filling. Pic taken at 3:30 pm.
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    Geometric Houston pool

    The weather has been so overcast and rainy here, nothing much has happened. We picked out our fire pit glass, woohoo! The sun came out for the first time in about 2 weeks and just in time for plaster. The crew arrived this am and were done by the time I got home in the afternoon. We went with...
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    How many TFP members are going with saltwater?

    We are building a SWG pool now. We have a stamped concrete deck and travertine coping.
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    Geometric Houston pool

    Glock good question. I was here and saw them jackhammer that whole section and pour the concrete. Witnessed them stamping it too. I'm guessing (hoping) that the stain will match both areas once they are done. Dumbcluck I agree but if you've ever read the pool contract, it pretty much favors...
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    Geometric Houston pool

    So after my husband saw the deck work, he pitched a fit with the PB. The crooked seam going to the drain is what tipped him over the edge. To be fair, it is right in front when you walk outside and is pretty noticeable. We were so unhappy, we were prepared to have the deck torn up and...
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    New Member, First Build...What have we gotten into?

    Holy guacamole, that is one beautiful pool! After all that stress and headache(s), I hope you can really enjoy it now. My Christmas wish for y'all is that everything else goes off without a hitch.