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  1. PopcornGirl2

    New Pool Owner

    Welcome Peter! I second the advice you've already been given and would also suggest you not use test strips at all. They are completely unreliable and will give you readings all over the chart. The only way to know for sure what's going on with your pool's chemistry is to learn how to test it...
  2. PopcornGirl2

    Hello...New Member

    Hi Mike and welcome! This is a great forum with lots of helpful advice and information. Best of luck!:wave:
  3. PopcornGirl2

    It is not algae... and vitamin C did nothing. These marks are a mystery, let's solve.

    Based on your picture (and my own experience with similar issues), it sure looks like copper staining to me. That could happen from using algaecides. I had to learn that lesson the hard way, many years ago, before I found this site. I would definitely get the Jack's Magic Stain ID kit to rule...
  4. PopcornGirl2

    New Sand, Now Weak Return Flow

    Well, it turns out that my pool guy was right... apparently, it's normal to have to backwash a lot right after changing the sand in a pool filter. Old sand, new sand, DE, etc. can get stuck in the line. After about 10 backwashes over the past week, the problem is completely resolved and my...
  5. PopcornGirl2

    New Sand, Now Weak Return Flow

    Okay, well, I kept chlorine at SLAM levels for over a week, but here are my latest test results: FAS-DPD FC -- 4.5 Total Chlorine -- 5.0 CC -- 0.5 PH -- 7.6 TA -- 100 CYA -- 30 Calcium Hardness -- 280 Temperature -- 72 degrees Water is crystal clear. No signs of algae, green or black. No...
  6. PopcornGirl2

    New Sand, Now Weak Return Flow

    Thank you Felipe! Well, Jose has been our pool equipment guy for years and really knows his stuff, so I find it hard to believe it's that... In fact, he installed this filter when we first bought it. I guess anything is possible though. I'm just wondering if it could be anything else before I...
  7. PopcornGirl2

    New Sand, Now Weak Return Flow

    Hi Everyone, It's opening season here in south Louisiana and I thought I was doing everything right. I got my levels stabilized and I used SLAM method to get my water crystal clear. However, we noticed that our filter wasn't working as well as it has in the past, and the suction seemed to be...
  8. PopcornGirl2

    Help Finding Tablets

    Hi dielseman and welcome! :wave: Honestly, I only use pucks (tablets) when I'm in a pinch (going out of town or I've run out of liquid chlorine). I think you would benefit a lot from reading this: Getting Started and learning about the BBB (Bleach, Borax, Baking Soda) method. I switched over...
  9. PopcornGirl2

    Pool Store Brand vs. Big Box Store Chlorine Pucks

    Hi Planoattorney, Hopefully, someone with far more experience than me will chime in with better answers for you, but I see no problem with taking your pool to shock level before you leave. That's typically what I do if I'm going to be out of town for more than a day or two. Beyond a week...
  10. PopcornGirl2

    For those in the SE parts... how long do you run your pumps?

    I really feel like this is one of those "whatever works best for you" scenarios... A lot of factors can influence it: size of pool, amount of time in direct sunlight, region/climate where you live, how many trees around your pool, etc. I just know, for me, running it 24/7 during the summer...
  11. PopcornGirl2

    For those in the SE parts... how long do you run your pumps?

    I live in southeast Louisiana and I learned, early on, to run my pump 24/7 during the hottest summer months. ;)
  12. PopcornGirl2

    Pool is cloudy with green tint

    Hi Megan84! :wave: Welcome! Okay, first step: can you tell us a little more about your pool? Like, is it in-ground or above-ground? Plaster/Gunnite, Liner, or Fiberglass? Are you certain about the size? How do you chlorinate the pool? Do you have a saltwater chlorine generator or do you...
  13. PopcornGirl2

    Pool Issues

    No worries! Take a deep breath. It can seem like a lot at first. I'm no chemist; my daughter is, but me? Ahem, no. ;) This website and forum are truly awesome... so much information, but don't get overwhelmed. Start with getting a good test kit and they will walk you through it. Before you...
  14. PopcornGirl2

    Pool Issues

    Hi Ghosthoffa, That sounds really frustrating... How are you testing the pool? Whatever you do, don't rely on test strips or pool store tests, as they can both seriously mess you up (I speak from experience as do a lot of people here). If you don't have one already, you need to get a good test...
  15. PopcornGirl2

    Under Construction in Tomball, TX...IG with fire feature

    @Court77375: WOW!! I love that!! I'm excited for you... So sorry about all the rain; I can relate! Keep us posted on your pool's progress. :)
  16. PopcornGirl2

    Really Hungry Black Algae??

    Okay, here's where I'm at now... Do I need to be concerned that FC is not coming down as fast as I'd like?? First pic is day after we got home from vacay and discovered our liquid chlorine (from Walmart) was essentially water. Second pic was after I got pool clear and noticed black algae on...
  17. PopcornGirl2

    Really Hungry Black Algae??

    Thank you, but I've already raised my TA to 100 and my pH to 7.0 (see update above ^^) Added more Borax to get pH up a little more... Yep; already read it and pretty much every other article on this here. I've actually been around (lurker) for about 6 years. This site is a lifesaver! :)...
  18. PopcornGirl2

    Thanks to Cindy

    I feel your pain, razorhog!!! Pretty sure "she's" to blame for the black algae in my pool, but I'm close to the Gulf, so there's no telling. Mine's finally clear and pretty, but I'm waiting for my chlorine to come back down to maintenance levels. Best of luck! PS: Beautiful pool/yard!
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    Went on weekend vacation...came back to a cloudy pool

    That's good and yes, I would do your best at keeping the chlorine level and pH balanced. Have you checked out the "Pool School" link at the top of the forum? There is some really helpful information there, as well. This site is a goldmine of information and will make you a pro at pool care in...
  20. PopcornGirl2

    Went on weekend vacation...came back to a cloudy pool

    Rlewis -- That is so interesting! What I wouldn't give for a good acid rain occasionally! LOL! :D What funandsun said ^^. ;) I know it's frustrating, playing the waiting game, but you don't want to do anything that will cause you further problems. I do think SLAM is in order after you've...
  21. PopcornGirl2

    CLICK HERE to Become a TroubleFreePool.com Supporter!

    Great support site! Just became a supporter. :) Summer Kelly
  22. PopcornGirl2

    Went on weekend vacation...came back to a cloudy pool

    Hello & Welcome! :) Honestly, I would go buy a Taylor Test Kit 2006 and do the measurements yourself. Better yet, order a kit from this site and you'll get a lot more for your money: http://tftestkits.net/splash-page.html I'm no chemist (my degree's in history), but if you follow the...
  23. PopcornGirl2

    Warning About Walmart Liquid Chlorine

    Omgee... Never even considered that. :( My bottles were still sealed with the little plastic pull-tab under the cap, but it's still a good point!
  24. PopcornGirl2

    Really Hungry Black Algae??

    LOL! Thanks! :)
  25. PopcornGirl2

    Really Hungry Black Algae??

    :) Mine, too!! Love David Tennant! Thank you! Things are looking better. Brought my pH up to 7.0, and TA up to 100, but kind of overshot on the chlorine FC=20 (oops). Hoping the sun will bring it down today; Should I go get some Sodium Thiosulfate? The good news: Black algae is GONE from...
  26. PopcornGirl2

    Really Hungry Black Algae??

    Yes, indeed... LOL! The only positive in this: I can skip "arms day" at the gym!
  27. PopcornGirl2

    Really Hungry Black Algae??

    Yes, that's what the guy told me then. He was an older gentleman who had been in the pool care business all his life; he taught me the basics of pool chemistry when we first built our pool as I had never had one before. Never thought to question it and he passed away a few years ago, so I...
  28. PopcornGirl2

    Really Hungry Black Algae??

    I was told to do that, years ago, to help kill the black algae. Was that incorrect?
  29. PopcornGirl2

    Really Hungry Black Algae??

    Okay, I *think* I understand what's going on, but want to get the thoughts of more experienced pool people.... I haven't dealt with black algae in years (after Hurricane Katrina or Gustav, I believe), but I know it when I see it and I know how hard it is to get rid of it. When I spotted the...
  30. PopcornGirl2

    Warning About Walmart Liquid Chlorine

    Hey Neighbor! ;) Yeah, I haven't been able to find that, either. 10.5% at Pinch-a-Penny is the highest concentration I've seen so far....