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    Safe to swim?

    I know based on the CYA/FC chart I don't need to shock my pool. But is it safe to swim? Any other restrictions with a high FC? Here are my levels FC: 10.5 CC: 0.5 pH: 8.0 (2 drops brought it to 7.6 - added 25oz of 31% muriatic acid) TA: 90 CH: 325 (need to buy more - any recs for good...
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    App vs website: different recs?!

    So I'm relatively new but getting the hang of this. I'm trying to follow your recs for my chem levels and I realized that I get different recommendations on how much _____ to add to correct my chemical levels depending on if I'm using the Pool Math app vs the Pool Math website! Can anyone...
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    Questions about using the TF-100

    Glad I asked. I had been doing it poolside, going 18 inches with the comparator tube for each test
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    Questions about using the TF-100

    1) how do you clean it? Simply rinse in the pool water? Tap water? Use a brush? 2) after a test, do you spill contents into pool and rinse the comparator between tests in pool water? Do you spill test contents elsewhere? (I usually do on the grass - is this bad?)
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    Drained pool - new results. Help

    This is all thanks to you guys. This is hysterical, the thought literally crossed my mind about an hour ago to buy the app. With the new house and pool (aka money pits), we have been trying to be a bit more frugal. But given how much I'm saving not paying my pool guy... I'm sure I'll be a...
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    Drained pool - new results. Help

    UPDATE! I rechecked the numbers, based on decreasing pH from 8.0 to 7.4, I added 23oz of 31% Muriatic Acid and you told me two 40lb bags to get to 2,500, so I purchased four 40lb bags. When I got home and checked the SWG they recommend 3000 and based on previous reading on TFP I added 200, so...
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    Drained pool - new results. Help

    Can someone just review the amounts of each chemical to add. Don't want to mess it up. Also based on TFP I read the recommended chemicals. The Salt that is recommended is $35 vs $5 at Home Depot. Is that because it's not as pure there?
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    Drained pool - new results. Help

    How do I figure out what my salt minimums are?
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    Drained pool - new results. Help

    Pool appears crystal clear. How does this sound? 1) add 13 oz of 31% muriatic acid 2) Increase the run time of the SWG 3) how much salt needs to be added? I do nothing with the TA and CH? I assume lowering the pH will help with the TA. Thanks! (Any thoughts on the autocorrecting SWG? or the...
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    Drained pool - new results. Help

    So all my levels were pretty good in the past except the CYA was 96-100. So I drained pool about 40-50% and refilled. Then there was a huge rainstorm for past few days. New results: FC: 3.5 CC: 0 pH: 8.0 (2 drops of R-0005 got it down to 7.6) TA: 100 CH: 300 CYA: 70 Salt: 1600 Also my SWG is...
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    Help drain pool - newbie

    Long story short: new house, first time pool owner, high CYA and need to drain pool. I have a ball valve that opens up to my out spout (not sure if that's the right term, and as per people on TFP it's a crappy valve). I had a lot of difficulty trying to open it and people here said to replace...
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    Help draining pool - siphon?

    I don't own any saws (Power or handheld - as a new homeowner my tool box is growing slowly with each new project), is there an idea saw for PVC?
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    Help draining pool - siphon?

    Just starting research on PVC. what's a union? Same as a coupler?
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    What is this?

    What is the safest way to do this? Last time I tried to figure it out while running and cut off too much water to pump. Was told this was a bad idea.
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    This week's results - help please

    Thanks. Otherwise everything is okay? Leave as is?
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    What is this?

    Also while I'm here. I've always assumed these were the main drains, can someone confirm? There are no drains at the bottom of the pool. There is an "L" shaped ledge in the deep with two of these. Also returning to the pump are 3 pipes, one is definitely the skimmer. I assumed these were the...
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    What is this?

    It's about a foot down on one of the walls. It's the only one in the pool Never noticed it before. Says Hayward VacLock on it. Am I supposed to be plugging in my tubing there instead of in the skimmer? How do I control the suction from here?
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    Help draining pool - siphon?

    Coloring is from the sprinklers. Spot on
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    Help draining pool - siphon?

    Pipes are not painted. The discoloration is likely from my sprinkler system. Comes off with wet paper towel, you can see where I cleaned it when I made some markings on the pipes. Any good tips/videos on how to work with PVC? Ive never done it before and from some of the language above, sounds...
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    Help draining pool - siphon?

    Here is bigger picture. Never worked with this piping before but open to learning. Also no sand - cartridge filter
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    This week's results - help please

    Background been maintaining pool for just a few short weeks and been out of town a bit. Had issues with elevated CYA and looking into options to help drain pool. Today's results FC 5 CC 0 PH 7.6 TA 80 CH 420 CYA (see below) Temp 80 SWG 55% CYA- Due to elevated CYA levels I had been doing...
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    Help draining pool - siphon?

    So my CYA is high and I need to drain the pool. I have a "ball valve" by the pump where the water should drain that I can't figure out how to open? It won't twist and I'm scared to break it. (Pic below) I have been trying to research how to siphon the water out since I don't need a full drain...
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    Update chem testing

    Water looks clear now. Left pump on overnight. Maybe will just increase the SWG for next few days while I sort out draining the pool a bit.
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    Update chem testing

    One week ago FC 9.0 CC 0 PH 7.8 TA 80 CH 390 CYA 96 (dilutional test) Salt 2,000 Been running SWG at 40% for about 4 hours a day. Still unable to partially drain pool (due to CYA) my ball valve appears stuck. Looking into pump vs siphoning. Today results. FC 5.0 CC 0 PH 7.4-7.6 CYA 94...
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    Chem update

    Noob taking care of SWG. Had CYA 100, FC 12,CC 0, PH 8.0, CH 390, TA 80, salt 2,000 I added MA a few days ago. Today FC 9 CC 0 pH 7.8 TA 80 CH 390 Salt 2,000 CYA (did dilution test) 96 SWG 34% All looks good to me except CYA is high. I was told last time to drain 1/4 of pool and refill. I...
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    Noob - first time adding chemicals

    Oops. Someone suggested that yesterday. If CYA is really high how would I bring it down? I'll check it tomorrow
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    Noob - first time adding chemicals

    Long story short - gave my pool service the boot. First time managing a pool. Took measurements for first time the other day but didn't have chemicals yet. Now I do. Rechecked levels tonight. FC 12 CC 0 pH 8.0 (possibly higher. But took 2 drops to get down to 7.6 on acid demand) TA 80 CH 390...
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    First time checking water chemistry - HELP

    Okay so long story finally got some chemicals. FC 12 CC 0 pH 8.0 (possibly higher. But took 2 drops to get down to 7.6 on acid demand) TA 80 CH 390 CYA >100 - but today was closer to 100 than yesterday Salt - 2,000 So according to pool math I added 3 cups of 31% MA. Decreased SWG run time...
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    First time checking water chemistry - HELP

    Been dry the past two days but has I've seen it wet before. Will keep monitoring. Is 31% MA the same as 29% ? Only see the 29% option in PoolMath