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  1. LoneWolfArcher

    Cloudy pool, algae covered floor, no chlorine...

    DoePooled, you are in good hands. @mknauss will get you fixed up. I do want to encourage you, while it is very overwhelming at first, pool maintenance is actually quite easy and you will soon feel much better about it once you get a handle on it! It is actually quite simple, like anything else...
  2. LoneWolfArcher

    It all a mystery

    It is fun! Especially once you start using TFP methods for maintaining your pool. I hated my pool the first year I had it because I was going off of bad methods (test strips, pool store advice, etc). Found TFP 2 years ago and the last 3 seasons my pool ownership has been a blast!
  3. LoneWolfArcher

    Newbie, why keep chlorine higher than traditional measures recommend

    Or they could trust the science. -shrug-
  4. LoneWolfArcher

    Messed up opening - no CYA?

    I'd also switch to liquid chlorine. Since you have a vinyl liner there is no need to keep adding calcium. This will help you as a new pool owner: ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry - Trouble Free Pool
  5. LoneWolfArcher

    Foam on water while slamming

    To the OP! Gorgeous pool. Once you get the water balanced and do not add anymore magic potions, you will have crystal clear water, and the water will be as gorgeous as the pool!
  6. LoneWolfArcher

    Foam on water while slamming

    If that is lotion then someone must be putting on a whole bottle at a time!
  7. LoneWolfArcher

    Newbie, why keep chlorine higher than traditional measures recommend

    This is a great point. And I would want it higher than that if people were swimming in my drinking water! :D
  8. LoneWolfArcher

    Trouble with Stabilizer

    Algaecide caused me a lot of problems 3 years ago. Most are copper-based and copper is not something you want to add to your pool. Have you read the Pool School article on Water Chemistry? https://www.troublefreepool.com/blog/2018/12/12/abcs-of-pool-water-chemistry/
  9. LoneWolfArcher

    Well she's open!

    We had severe t-storms come through Sunday night. pH jumped from 7.6 to over 8. I added 2 cups of MA yesterday, and reduced it but it was still high. Added another cup today and the pH is now at 7.6 again. First time I've seen the pH jump that high after rain. It did pour though and I think it...
  10. LoneWolfArcher

    Pool Draining and possible black alge

    You will be fine then up to SLAM level for your CYA (which will be pretty low initially with a drain and fill).
  11. LoneWolfArcher

    Need to drain pool

    Just keep the daily chlorine add up until you get that kit. I am dubious of any test results done other than with a real test kit. Are you sure you are getting green/brown? I ask because when algae is dead it is very fine brown silt at the bottom and brushing it will get stirred up and...
  12. LoneWolfArcher

    Pool Draining and possible black alge

    Is it a new pool or replaster?
  13. LoneWolfArcher

    Can I get a pool inspected with no water in it?

    And sometimes in the same family! When we bought our house with the pool: - I didn't want a pool. Watched my dad maintain the pool we had growing up and wanted no part of that! - Wife didn't care. If it had one then good she'd use it occasionally, if not as long as she was happy with the house...
  14. LoneWolfArcher

    Resetting bullnose brick and tile

    I would imagine that after 25 years these are all pretty common issues. I know my 18 year-old concrete around my pool is cracking and has been for the last couple of years.
  15. LoneWolfArcher

    Inline Chlorinator - Stopping Use

    With the cover closed your FC loss will be a lot less daily.
  16. LoneWolfArcher

    Pool Draining and possible black alge

    According the CYA/FC chart Chlorine / CYA Chart - Trouble Free Pool You should be keeping the FC above 11. Hopefully it is not black algae because it has deep roots in porous substances (like plaster/concrete). 3 years ago I was having black algae due to my CYA being too high, but lucky I...
  17. LoneWolfArcher

    Pool cloudy

    At CYA of 70, I would try to keep the FC in the 8-10 range. (AFTER your SLAM.) https://www.troublefreepool.com/blog/2019/01/18/chlorine-cya-chart/ Letting it fall to 4.4 was probably what let algae start.
  18. LoneWolfArcher

    Can I get a pool inspected with no water in it?

    Good point. At a minimum, if the OP isn't going to look into the viability of the pool, it should be in the disclosures: "Pool has been drained for the last 15 years, state of pool's viability is unknown."
  19. LoneWolfArcher

    Can I get a pool inspected with no water in it?

    Yes, that is why I caveated it! :) That won't last forever.
  20. LoneWolfArcher

    Need to drain pool

    I'll third it. What is also really inaccurate is pool store testing. They test to sell you things. A real test kit will tell you the real answer on your pool chemistry. @GreatScott, what kind of pool? Size? You should look at some of our signatures and add one like that for yourself. It will...
  21. LoneWolfArcher

    Yes... here's another newbie with a pool

    Your CYA looks fine at 35. Adjust the pH and the TA will be fine. TA will follow pH over time. I'd use half of what pool calc says (Muriatic Acid) and then retest in a couple of hours. It is easier to add more to lower further, than to have it go to low then have to start trying the other...
  22. LoneWolfArcher

    Can I get a pool inspected with no water in it?

    No, but you could get lower offers because of it. Of course, in this sellers market I don't think that will happen.
  23. LoneWolfArcher

    What about all the pool store chemicals I have? Can I use any of them? I easily have over $1000 in chemicals.

    As I like to point out, foisting pool problems (IE pool store chemicals) on other unsuspecting pool owners may not be aligned with your ethics. If it is, sell/give away! But if not, you can dispose of these according to your municipalities hazard materials disposal instructions. Many have...
  24. LoneWolfArcher

    Can I get a pool inspected with no water in it?

    By the way, my suggestion 2 years ago would be completely different than today! Back then I would have said you may want to look into having it removed since in the north pools are often considered a detriment to a house on the market, not a benefit. But after corona last year, people are...
  25. LoneWolfArcher

    Can I get a pool inspected with no water in it?

    Ok, good. Obviously with liner pools you'd need a new liner, likely. And fiberglass pools would probably collapse unfilled for that long. So I would start by looking for obvious cracks in the pool. You are in a freeze/thaw zone so just make sure there are no cracks. I am not a plaster expert...
  26. LoneWolfArcher

    Can I get a pool inspected with no water in it?

    I am assuming it is gunite/cement/plaster pool?
  27. LoneWolfArcher

    Overwhelmed with starting over & doing this on my own.

    THIS. Also, @mknauss recently hosted a SLAM discussion with a couple of the other experts here. It was a great watch. (I'll find the link.)
  28. LoneWolfArcher

    Overwhelmed with starting over & doing this on my own.

    Welcome to TFP! When I came here 3 years ago I hated my pool. But with the help here (special shout out to KimKats!), I now love my pool! Maintenance is a breeze, and my expenditures (IE giving the pool store my money) have gone way down. You are in great hands here.
  29. LoneWolfArcher

    Mixed up chemicals

    I am east of you in southern Michigan (Dundee). Those storms last night were no joke. My pool is up to the top of the skimmer today!
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    Mixed up chemicals

    That 2-2.5" of rain could cause additional FC loss. I am more concerned about your cartridge. As you can see from my signature I too have a cartridge filter. Could it be that your filter media has a tear somewhere? Allowing unfiltered water to blow back into the swimming pool? The first year I...