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    CYA test at Slam FC level.

    Is a CYA test accurate during a SLAM. My CYA has always been around 40 at startup. I jumped the gun and started added bleach without testing. Been at SLAM level since about 2 pm yesterday. Tested at noon today and raised it to 16. Tested at 3:30 and was back to 10.5 Fairly sunny day. Will...
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    Adding CYA, adjust pH or wait?

    Oh, I forgot. Adding 4 lbs. of cya only got me to about 40 CYA. Should I add some more? or wait a little longer to see if it is done dissolving? I added it on Wednesday.
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    Adding CYA, adjust pH or wait?

    FC 3.5 CC 0 pH 6.8 TA 60 CH 125 Poolmath is suggesting 178 oz of baking soda and 105 oz of borax. Should I do the baking soda first, then test and adjust borax accordingly?
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    Adding CYA, adjust pH or wait?

    I am in the process of dissolving 4 lbs of CYA in my pool. Tested the pH and it is a 6.8. I assume it will drop more by the time I am done. Should I adjust now or wait?
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    What to add first?

    Tests were done with Taylor TF 100. Thanks.
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    What to add first?

    Family went on a 25 day road trip this summer. Had relatives checking pool and using pucks to maintain. Pool looks great, a couple of numbers are low though. FC - 5 CC - 0 Ph - 7.5 CH - 125 (should be 250-400) TA - 70 (should be 100-120) CYA - 40 Pool math says 143 oz. of baking soda and 243...
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    Blue Lagoon for the 2nd year in a row

    AM numbers FC 5.5 and CC .5 Gonna bump it up.
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    Blue Lagoon for the 2nd year in a row

    Thanks Richard...I'm on it.
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    Blue Lagoon for the 2nd year in a row

    Not sure what I'm missing in closing, but I opened today to another blue lagoon. Here are my numbers fc 0 cc 0 tc 0 CH 175 TA 70 Ph 7.8 CYA 30 I've vac'd 5 inches of water to waste and stopped. Still lots left in the deep end. Should I hit it with Bleach tonight or wait until I can get...
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    Year 3 opening to Green Swamp

    Ok, SLAM is complete. But, water is still cloudy. I assume maybe because CH is so low. I remeasured it at 75 last night. Pool math is telling me 513 oz. calcium chloride. That's 32 lbs. Should I try to add that much all at once?
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    Isolating air leak

    I loosened the union yesterday to try and move it around and check it, but it is firmly in place. I thought about caulking it. It is 26 years old now. There are some cracks showing along the threads to my pump line because that's where I disconnect it yearly when closing. Originally, I...
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    Isolating air leak

    Opened my pool on Monday. While SLAMming, noticing lots of bubbles coming from return jets. I've narrowed the leak to somewhere on the skimmer side of the 3 way diverter valve(no bubbles when using only port 2). My suspicion is the union is leaking because it is on that side of the valve...
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    Year 3 opening to Green Swamp

    Casey, that's what baffled me. 2 summers ago when I first did this, my slam took forever, not to mention upwards of 40 gallons of bleach. Closing went fine. When I opened last year, it was beautiful. 2 hours and it looked ready to swim, although it was only 54 degrees. I don't think I did...
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    Year 3 opening to Green Swamp

    when I tested today and got FC 14.5 my CC was still 0. Is that normal?
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    Year 3 opening to Green Swamp

    Signature updated. Uncovering 5/16. After an initial sweeping and scrub on 5/17
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    Year 3 opening to Green Swamp

    My IGP actually has a vinyl liner. I replaced it a few years ago, plywood walls and sand bottom. Don't know much about pool construction, but I was dumbfounded. : ). Started the slam at 7 am. poolmath said 292 oz. of 10% bleach. I did the mental math (3-96 oz. bottles and I'll be good.)...
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    2016 bleach prices

    Rural King has 4 gallons of 10 % for $ 6.99 through the end of the month. That's $ 1.75 a gallon.
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    Year 3 opening to Green Swamp

    Uncovered the pool today and saw the worst green algae in my pool. Unfortunately, my opening was interrupted by taking my son to the ER and then to my daughters awards banquet. So, here I sit at 10:40 pm testing pool water. Here are my initial numbers FC 0 CC 0 TA 40 CH 50 pH between 7.2 and...
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    Major dilemma - What would you do?

    Well, since the rest of you seem to be on the same boring page:sleep::sleep:. I guess I'll go with pooldv and make it more interesting :D Just kidding, thanks for confirming my thoughts.
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    Major dilemma - What would you do?

    Backstory, I was getting sand in my pool. My assumption was that I had a broken lateral. I did the research and ordered 5 laterals off of ebay. When they showed up yesterday, I took the filter apart and only one of the laterals was still attached to the piping assembly. Therefore, I have six...
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    Multi-port valve leaking

    I didn't have to replumb, just put my backwash hose in the pool. I am getting sand. Especially when the filter turns on. When I vac it up, it comes right back into pool.
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    Multi-port valve leaking

    I am assuming that I damaged at least one of my laterals last summer when I was cleaning my sand filter. Because of this, I have gone through 2 spider gaskets in my multiport valve. I am now getting water leaking out my waste line. I am assuming this is clean water because the port is set to...
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    TFPC Method - Season 2 opening....I'm officially sold.

    Not sure if anyone is reading this anymore, but quick question. The first day, I overshot my mark in the bleach department. It went up to twelve. That was Friday night. Checked it again on Saturday morning, it was at 11. Left for the weekend. Came back Sunday night and tested, it was at 8...
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    TFP season 2: Thinking about SWG conversion

    There is where you lost me. Not an electrician by any means. If you put your swg on a timer, won't it reset everytime it powers off?
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    TFPC Method - Season 2 opening....I'm officially sold.

    How often do you run the polaris? They had one when I moved in, but everytime I used it, it got stuck in deep end.
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    Testing fc with tf-100

    Stay the course. It will come to an end. It took me almost 80 gallons last year. I opened today and things are awesome. http://www.troublefreepool.com/threads/92645-TFPC-Method-Season-2-opening-I-m-officially-sold
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    TFPC Method - Season 2 opening....I'm officially sold.

    Well guys as the title says, I am now sold on this method. I have to admit I was a skeptic last year after going through an entire tf-100 kit and about 80 gallons of bleach trying to complete my first SLAM. I literally took my cover off at 4 pm today, about 3 hours ago and after 1 vac to...
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    TFP season 2: Thinking about SWG conversion

    I used the tfp method for the first time last year. I actually enjoy the daily testing, BUT...we have a couple of extended vacations planned this year and am looking to simplify things for the "caretaker" knowing they live half and hour away and will not be there daily. Besides, I've thought...
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    Survived First Year, now I've made a Closing Mistake.

    My pH changes very little. In fact, this was only the 2nd time I've added MA all season. Last time was probably end of July.
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    Survived First Year, now I've made a Closing Mistake.

    Switching to bleach has been interesting to say the least. It truly tested my patience with my first slam. I believe it took me 60 gallons of bleach before it came to an end. Now that it is closing time, actually a month past closing time. I made a mistake. I was going to take my pool to...