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  1. New2PoolsInAZ

    Chlorine tablet chemistry

    Thanks, Allen. That makes sense. I was hoping they could bind it to something that would not hurt the pool water but apparently not. I appreciate the explanation.
  2. New2PoolsInAZ

    Chlorine tablet chemistry

    Nice :) I imagine so many people would buy the equivelent of Trichlor without CYA. I am just wondering if there is something in the manufacturing process that requires them adding CYA, else I would imagine they would have an alternative product for those who do not want to add it.
  3. New2PoolsInAZ

    Chlorine tablet chemistry

    I live in sunny hot Phoenix and this is my first year with a pool, it was finished in May. I use Trichlor to chlorinate it and when I did my first CYA test a couple of months ago it was over 100. I diluted the water for over 24 hours (filling and draining at the same time) bringing it to 50...
  4. New2PoolsInAZ

    Adding SWG to VS pump

    Thanks, James. I appreciate the advice you give. I likelyl will not do anything until the season is over as we have 5 kids that use the pool this time of year.
  5. New2PoolsInAZ

    Adding SWG to VS pump

    The instructions for the AquaRite say to install the flow switch but also say the unit must only run when the pump is active, so what Jimrahbe and ajw22 said is right. As for a timer being risky, it would only take the two timers to be out of sync, or the power cut off to the pump only, or the...
  6. New2PoolsInAZ

    How to read CYA

    Thanks, everyone. I will do the test as setsailsoon said. I may have my wife check the result too.
  7. New2PoolsInAZ

    Adding SWG to VS pump

    Thanks. I was hoping for an out of the box solution but maybe I will have to use a timer. Or I found a thread at Wiring Aquarite SWG into Intermatic 153 timer where someone used a current sensing relay, CR4395-EH-120-110-X-CD-ELR-I. An Amazon reviewer said it worked for his SWG.
  8. New2PoolsInAZ

    Adding SWG to VS pump

    I wanted to add a SWG to my new pool which already has a variable speed EcoStar pump. I was looking at the Hayward Goldline AQR15 AquaRite which seems easy to install. The issue is, it says you must wire it to the timer for the pump so it only runs when the pump runs, but my EcoStar always has...
  9. New2PoolsInAZ

    How to read CYA

    Thank you very much. I will do as you say and also have my wife check next time too, she has better eyes than I. The pool was at over 100 CYA and (just starting with TFP) switched from Trichlor to liquid chlorine and spent the last couple of days draining and filling the pool at the same time...
  10. New2PoolsInAZ

    How to read CYA

    I apologize if this has been posted already. When I do CYA testing with my Taylor K-2006 do I fill the test tube until the black dot completely disappears or just until I cannot see it with much effort. It totally disappears for me at 50 (same with a cheaper test kit I have), but it's almost...
  11. New2PoolsInAZ

    Confused about total alkalinity vs. carbonate alkalinity

    Thanks, Dustin. I appreciate and added a signature now, will update it with more info when I look up the brand names.
  12. New2PoolsInAZ

    Confused about total alkalinity vs. carbonate alkalinity

    I think I confused TA and CYA in one part of my post just above this (sorry, very new). But you gave me what I need, 50 CYA is good for me in Phoenix For TA, I will only raise TA if it's below 50 and otherwise depend on my adjustments to PH. Thanks again for the advice. I'll soon be reading...
  13. New2PoolsInAZ

    Confused about total alkalinity vs. carbonate alkalinity

    I am going to start using the TFP methods but am still learning. I will start using liquid chlorine and not the Trichlor I started with. Right now I am both draining and filling my pool with fresh water at the same time (so to not damage the pebble sheen in the hot sun) and by doing this will...
  14. New2PoolsInAZ

    Confused about total alkalinity vs. carbonate alkalinity

    Great, thanks, guys! I am going to read and learn more on the site.
  15. New2PoolsInAZ

    Confused about total alkalinity vs. carbonate alkalinity

    Thank you. I realized after posting then reading another newbies post that TFP had a system it's expected one to understand. I started reading two of the articles in the Pool School and want to continue doing that. Once done I will post again! As I just got this pool, and it's my first, I do...
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    Confused about total alkalinity vs. carbonate alkalinity

    I am brand new to pools and had our 14.5K gallon Pebble Sheen pool just finished this April. I am very new at this but have read quite a bit. I am using 99% Trichloro-s-trianzinetrione in a deck chlorinator which I understand adds to CYA levels. I just started using liquid chlorine to shock...