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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    I've had PoolMath on my phone for a couple weeks now, but didnt understand what was going on with logs. I get it now and started using it last night instead of the online pool calculator and google sheets. Today I discovered PoolMath will tell me how to adjust, too. I've been using the...
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    well then.... lemme test that again. :) --update-- Nope, still 80 :(
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    Numbers this afternoon FC = 7 pH = 6.8 TA = 80 CYA = 80 Its been thunderstormin' this afternoon. I'd say that helped drop the CYA. It threw a bunch of leaves in the pool, so I supposed that helped with the pH - altho the jets have been pointed up all day too. I'm going to vacuum and run out a...
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    The CYA level when I started the slam was 30. I havent had a chance to adjust to the new CYA level. However, that CYA stuff is really sketchy. When I first learned to test water (about 2 weeks ago) it was 140-150. I tested it over and over, even doing the recommended dilution to test over...
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    Good morning! So last night I added 2 bottles of 10% bleach. This morning my readings are FC 7 CC 1 Ph > 6.8 (still yellow) Alk 80 I will add 1 bottle of bleach before I leave for work. I'm pretty anxious that the algae will come back!
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    Sorry - I had updated the stuff on Page 1, but they're over several posts. I'll post all numbers each time from now on. Will do. I pointed them down a few weeks ago because something I read said it would improve circulation. I just put 30lbs in. I'll turn an eye up and test again in the...
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    Added 30lb baking soda, TA is now 70! Ph is still too low to register. I have one tester that goes as low as 6.8 and its still not showing. PoolMath is telling me I need to add 207lb of Borax. I dont think thats feasible. :(
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    A-HA! I've been using the directions on TFTestkits.net (where I bought the add-on kit). The directions you provided explain a LOT. What bothered me was I have no idea what a "heaping" spoonfull should look like. The TFTestkits directions dont explain what I was supposed to initially fill the...
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    I just happen to have about 36lbs. I'll get'r'done now! Did that 2 weeks ago. CYA levels were over 140. Draining pool dropped it to about 50. Then the day before I wanted to start the SLAM it rained all day and my CYA dropped to > 30. Bought stabilizer and got it up to 30. It looks like rain...
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    Test results: FC >1 (didnt change color) TC = 1 Ph > 6.8 (turned yellow and stayed yellow after 60 drops for acid demand test) TA = ? Instead of turning green it went red CYA = 90 Now I'm kinda freaked out. I looked up what red meant and with the low Ph it says if you have a vinyl pool its...
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    Instead of going home for lunch to test levels I went to Walmart and got 12 bottles of bleach. If at all possible I will not be buying trichlor again :grrrr: Gotta stop at Leslies and get more reagent to test CYA. Why dont they just sell big bottles to begin with? Will post test results in a...
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    I bought the TF kit for DPD. Yes, trichlor Realizing I tried to shortcut it, I hate to say it, but I quit testing for FC and just tried to keep TC at above 10. Reading the table for shock levels vs. CYA I saw that I just had to keep shock level at 12-15, which is 10+. Let me tell you a...
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    Hi max3dlee:) I'll try to keep it all here :) So I started last Thursday, but because of work, couldnt keep at it more than 4-6 hours at a time Thurs and Friday. This weekend was pretty much every 2 hours. This is from my spreadsheet. I did do TC tests, but didnt start tracking them until...
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    How do I get rid of all this stuff?

    The landfill does do a hazardous waste day. I figured thats what I needed to do, but was just wondering. The big green trash can you take to the curb once a week! ;)
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    I'm starting to have doubts - please motivate me

    I've been doing a SLAM since last Thursday. I've gone from deep green, bubbling (some big as watermelons) swamp to the most beautiful light blue. So pretty I wanna get in, but... Its still opaque. I cant see more than 2.5' down. Thats a big improvement, but still. Any encouragement out there?
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    How do I get rid of all this stuff?

    So I'm doing a SLAM and I have a LOT of empty bleach bottles, boxes and shock packets. Before I started the SLAM, I have muratic acid bottles, borax boxes. Also, over the last 2 years that we've had the pool, and the stuff left over from previous owners, we have near empty bottles of blue...
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    Like getting socks for Christmas - pool is still green

    I figured the CYA has been the problem all along, too. When I got involved (2 weeks ago) it was near 110 I emptied the pool to about 45% and refilled. Its been 50-52 since. Theres also this near foam over it the whole summer. I say "near" foam because its not quite foam. Mainly just a whole...
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    Like getting socks for Christmas - pool is still green

    Nooooooo!!!! I was afraid of that! Leslies Taylor K-2005 equivalent FC 1 TC 2 CC 1 Ph 7.2 TA 80 CH 140 CYA 52 I tried an acid demand test but it went yellow and thats not what the directions said it was supposed to do. I shocked yesterday morning.
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    Like getting socks for Christmas - pool is still green

    So i got everything balanced yesterday and added algicide to it last night. This morning nothing has changed at all. Still deep green. I read to beat certain algea I need to keep FC at around 30 - how do I test for that?? Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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    Howdy Howdy!

    Apologies, I meant I am going to drain it to 8" above the shallow end floor.
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    Howdy Howdy!

    Thank you for the kind words of encouragement. This has been amazingly expensive and frustrating. However I think I'm on to the culprit -> CYA I have never, in my 51 years, ever fooled with keeping a pool. Its all voodoo witchcraft with its chemicals and environments and pumps and sands and...
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    Howdy Howdy!

    I didnt fill out my signature until after I posted. Sorry! I'm looking at buying refills now. I'll get that app ASAP. Thanks for the advice! [edit] Did step #8 - CYA is 140 ppm I reckon I better start draining. :(
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    Max3DLee

    Howdy howdy! My name is Lee and we have had this pool for about 2.5 years. (been lots of fun until this summer, but you can read about that in the Getting Started thread) I bought this house because of the shop out back, but I think its more like my wife allowed me to buy it because of the...
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    Howdy Howdy!

    So, we've been fighting our pool all season now. We've put somewhere in the neighborhood of $500 worth of chemicals in the pool and its still green / opaque. So far we have: Shocked multiple times changed sand in filter put chlorine tablets in both chlorinator and skimmer basket algicide...