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    SLAMming a green swamp, but with complications

    Thanks again to everyone for your help with this. Discovered out of the blue today that the reason the FC was dropping so much was the CYA went from 50 to 0. I thought it was very uncommon for this to happen, no? When the pool was still green I quadruple-checked the CYA every time I checked the...
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    SLAMming a green swamp, but with complications

    OK I'll proceed this way. So it's impossible that the messed up pH and TAC cause the cloudiness? Thanks Chris
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    SLAMming a green swamp, but with complications

    Hey guys. I wanted to post a before/after here to see how well this cleared up by slamming. I rigged a regular vacuum hose to the pump intake and submerged it in the pool by tying it to a brick. Did the job in about 4 days. I wasn't there over the weekend and the owner added chlorine but not...
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    SLAMming a green swamp, but with complications

    OK thanks. I'm gonna go over there and take a better look at the setup
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    SLAMming a green swamp, but with complications

    That invol That would involve removing the metal doohickey that holds whatever's there now in place, and cutting up some PVC, putting it together with epoxy, and then somehow fashioning an adapter that the vacuum hose could go onto? Or just submerge the other end of the PVC so it's sucking...
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    SLAMming a green swamp, but with complications

    I'm sure he's totally fine with anything I can figure out that will work. I'm just wary of spending his money on LC and then having it not work because of the pump. I'm not sure what you mean though. Like connect the vacuum hose directly to the pump? (I do own a submersible pump that comes in...
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    SLAMming a green swamp, but with complications

    There is no vacuum intake other than the skimmer. I don't think there's a whole lot of large particulate stuff in the pool, at least not that I could feel while pushing around the brush. And nothing big came up while brushing. It's just like really thick pea soup. So my dilemma is whether to...
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    SLAMming a green swamp, but with complications

    I put the vacuum into the skimmer. If there's a vac port I'm not aware of it. I'll ask him. That foam is the algaecide. It didn't look like that until I threw that stuff in.
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    SLAMming a green swamp, but with complications

    Do you mean drain the pool and have it refilled with clean water? Are you saying that based on the photos? Or the air leak in the pump? The owner has had someone look into the air leak and I think they're fairly certain the leak isn't coming from the pump trap lid. I will bring that up with him...
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    SLAMming a green swamp, but with complications

    I've SLAMMED my own pool in years past and this week I'm trying to help some friends with their pool, since I've had some experience and also I've got a little free time. Please see attached photos. I've read this Turning Your Green Swamp Back into a Sparkling Oasis and I know what I have to do...
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    Taylor CYA Agent R-0013

    Thanks! I think I remember that once the CYA is too high there's nothing that can be done about it, right? I'm asking because I think maybe I should be careful about throwing 10 pounds of the stuff in at once, no?
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    Taylor CYA Agent R-0013

    My pool was reopened two weeks ago while I was away (I got home Friday). In the meantime my wife was just putting a bunch of bleach in the pool and now I gotta try to remember how to do all this stuff! Just took my first measurements. I was down to my last few drops of R-0013 (CYA agent) and I...
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    Metal stains

    We have well water here and there are elevated levels of all kinds of metals. Thanks, I'll look into whether the pink stuff is better, although I already have the Blue Stuff and it says on the link you provided "everything the Pink Stuff does and more." Still, better to know for next time. What...
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    pH and TA

    Thank you! I made a post before that a moderator split into two posts, so I thought I was saving someone the trouble. C
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    Last post! Muriatic Acid

    Earlier this year I got a bunch (too much, 4 gallons) of muriatic acid to reduce the pH in the pool. I'm a little afraid of the stuff and asked the local pool guy if he could take back 3 of the unopened bottles because I didn't want to bring them in my house for the winter. He said he can't take...
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    Metal stains

    There are ever-so-slight metal stains appearing in the shallow end of my pool. Last year I treated it by pouring a product called The Blue Stuff in the pool and then putting a little sack into the filter trap to collect the metals that TBS put into solution. It seemed to work amazingly well at...
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    pH and TA

    I thought I submitted this post before but it seems to have disappeared. There are actually 3 issues so I'll spread them across 3 posts. I've had a great summer with the pool thanks to you guys, switched to LC from the tabs and until recently had no issues. Lately the TA has started slipping...
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    Pool chemistry and a new timer on the pump

    Wow, that's good news. I'll give it a shot, thanks.
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    Pool chemistry and a new timer on the pump

    I finally got a timer on my pump after 12 years and at the moment I've been running it 8 hours daily with no problems. I'd like to creep it back even further if possible but what should I be looking out for while I start running the pump less? The way I see it there are 2 considerations -...
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    Shock and FC and LC

    That's what I thought. Thanks!
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    Shock and FC and LC

    So far so good this year, thanks to you wonderful people, using LC instead of the tabs I've used for the past ten years. My question is what is the point of shocking if I'm essentially throwing in LC every day? I'm maintaining FC between 7 and 9, as per the corresponding CYA. I would have...
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    Follow-up questions about pool balance

    Thanks, I forgot all about the Saturation Index. It's a lot to learn! Anyway, reading that wheel, it does seem that my calcium hardness is below the recommended level but I want to make sure I'm reading it right. The test water never really turns full blue but just a bluish tint. Is that the...
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    Follow-up questions about pool balance

    So I tossed in some Sodium Bisulfate that I had left over (just got back from the store with Muriatic Acid which I haven't used yet). I was planning to lower the pH to around 7 and then lower the alkalinity via aeration, as suggested here. After the SB, the pH dropped from 7.8 to 7.4 and at...
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    Pump questions

    With LC. But if I'm turning it off myself, I would assume a couple things which may or may not be true, such as 1. Maybe it should be running after adding stuff like CL or MA, etc.? 2. Maybe it's less important to circulate at night? The pool is covered with a solar cover at night that we use...
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    Pump questions

    Or, in the meantime, if I just decide to manually turn it off and myself, is it best to turn it off at night? My guess is the most optimum situation with a timer is to run it intermittently, like 3 hours on/3 hours off etc. or the like. Yes?
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    Pump questions

    Thanks to you guys, doing it now with LC. - - - Updated - - - I see things like this Which Pool Timer Do I Need? and it doesn't look like something I can install myself. Or are there other options? Should I call an electrician? My local pool guy doesn't sell them.
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    Pump questions

    I have a Hayward pump that the local pool guy told me to run 24/7. It's a 30,000 gallon pool and sadly, it's not used that often (we don't have kids, but our friends' kids come over sometimes). Is there any reason for that thing to run around the clock? We're in the woods and occasionally...
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    Post-slam, advice on first steps without tabs

    Yeah it runs 24/7, or at least until I can get a timer. I did the measurement twice both times. The only other thing that might account for the difference is there's no daylight here and I was taking the measurement by lamplight. Maybe one of them is incorrrect Also the pH is now down to 7.4
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    Post-slam, advice on first steps without tabs

    Hey Just an hour or so later, the FC dropped from 7.5 to 6. I had added a half gallon of chlorine liquid and a 6 cups of SB. Do I conclude correctly that the SB caused the drop in FC? Or is this measure not reliable until tomorrow? Thanks Chris
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    Post-slam, advice on first steps without tabs

    I have to learn how to use this PoolMath, I'm sorry I didn't see that before. Still I think that's more than I got. I assume the equivalent reduction doesn't require as much MA? - - - Updated - - - OK thank you, I'll start with half and re-measure. In the meantime I'll read up on the Poolmath.