1. J

    Units of Measure

    Hi, We are new to the pool game having just moved to a house with a pool... Left for us was a Scuba II Electronic pool tester, that measures Chlorine in mg/l (0.1 to 6.0) and all other measurements in mg/l as well apart from pH obviously.... How does that relate to the logging units of the...
  2. C

    Moxie Oudoor Sodium Hypochlorite Percentage???

    Does anyone know the percentage of Sodium Hypochlorite in Mocie brand outdoor bleach sold at Lowe’s? I’ve searched MSDS sheets and am coming up blank. Figured someone here may know. I hate to experiment to see how much it raises my FC PPM however that’s my last option to figure it out “easily”.
  3. H

    Chlorine in summer

    Hi everyone:) we moved into a house with a pool two years ago and I’m determined to maintain this myself. We live in the Phoenix area so it’s hotter than heck in the summer and it’s always a struggle to keep the chlorine levels up. Do you have any tips?
  4. C

    Chlorine Injection System DIY - Tank Pickup Tube Floating

    I'm just finishing my cheap DIY chlorine injection build and began running tests. I filled my tank with 10.5% chlorine and now realize my norprene pickup tube is floating to the top. How have y'all addressed this so that the pickup line doesn't float and suck air? I have some PVC and CPVC pipe...
  5. T

    Chlorine gas released from hot tub water?

    Does anyone know how much chlorine is released from a hot tub as chlorine gas? Obviously, there are a number of variables here so we'll assume perfect water chemistry and FC level. Obviously, chlorine gas is 'suboptimal' for inhalation and I've always assumed (maybe incorrectly) that the level...
  6. M

    Is shocking your pool necessary?

    Guys, out here in Northern California. I have a 30,000 gallon pool and I always put a cover in my pool year round. I only open the cover while using it but if i do not get time to swim I do let it breathe at least once a week in summer and once every 2 weeks in winter. However, I never shock my...
  7. E

    Day3 of SLAM - Question?

    Hi Everyone, I opened my pool last week and got almost all of the visible organics out. I’m on Day 3 of the SLAM. My CYA was high 70, so I needed to get FC up to 28 according to the chart. I’m almost there - FC dropped a little bit after the first day, and I added some additional chlorine...
  8. L

    Chlorine tablets aren't dissolving

    Somewhat new pool owner here and I've noticed my chlorine tablets aren't dissolving. I haven't had to put any new pucks in there for over a month, maybe 2. This is what I've done so far to troubleshoot: -Made sure the dial is at max flow (5) -Took off lid and started pump to make sure water...
  9. J

    Hayward Off-line chlorinator CL220...which tabs to buy for first time?

    I am needing to buy tabs for the first time and I am clueless. Can anyone please provide guidance on what I need? I just know the pool builder said slow release. Thank you!!
  10. T

    How to get bulk chlorine? Has COVID influenced prices?

    I'm wondering if anyone here has experience buying bulk chlorine like a drum or pallet of jugs delivered. I'm in WI. Has COVID affected prices at all? Last season I was burning through, what seemed to be, and abnormally high amount of chlorine. I was buying at Menards (regional big box...
  11. J

    Best Plastic noncorrosive tap, faucet, spigot for liquid chlorine

    I am using the following water cooler as my chlorine dispenser, it works like a dream apart from the tap (button release) which has a metal spring and over time rusts and needs replacing. The hole in the cooler is 3/4" (19mm). I was wondering if anyone else has used plastic taps and am looking...
  12. Frankw1

    New pool owner with questions: CYA, Salt, Chlorine and other stuff

    Just bought a house with a pool. Pool appears to have been kept up very well and is only about 10 years old. In North Texas (Dallas) area. I knew nothing about pool keeping and have learned a bunch from online sources including this group. Very thankful for everybody here. One of the more...
  13. O

    Chlorine adding calc troubles with Taylor Test Kit K-2006

    Hey team! My pool's free chlorine level is 3.5 and I'd like it up to 5. Before I got rid of my $$$ pool company, they were adding on average 2 gallons weekly. However, when I used the chart at the back of the Taylor test kit (and confirmed with the Pool Calculator) it only suggests adding about...
  14. P

    Las Vegas Owner Build Starting Help Questions

    Hello TFP community (with an emphasis on the Las Vegas locals), My wife and I are looking to start a owner build pool here in Las Vegas next year and figured we should start planning now. We know we want a free form gunite pool with a spa overflow, a concrete slide with some faux concrete...
  15. T

    Testing for Chlorine in the World of a Chlorine Shortage

    My friends at TFP are the best supporters of the FAS DPD test. Now, more than ever, people will want to know more precisely what their chlorine levels are. To me, FAS DPD beats color-matching, hands down. I do not do well reading pink colors. Besides making reading Free Chlorine more exact, FAS...
  16. R

    In Dichlor-Bleach Hot Tub, are weekly chlorine shocks necessary?

    As part of weekly or monthly maintenance in a dichlor-then-bleach hot tub, are chlorine shocks necessary (12-13ppm FC, 30ppm CYA)? Or is it just in response to problems (cloudiness, odor, foaming, etc.)? Just getting over some hot tub rash, so I want to make sure I'm dotting every "i".
  17. T

    DIY Peristaltic Automation Questions

    Hi, I am slowly but surely starting to add automation to my pool to make the maintenance a little easier on me. It started by installing a simple Sonoff Dual R2 device so I could automate the timing of my pool pump & lights & control them both via Wifi. I've been really happy with this setup...
  18. N

    Using Shock as a Chlorinator? Could I use In The Swim Sodium Di-Chlor Chlorine Granular Pool Shock as an everyday chlorinator? If so, how can I formulate PPM for each ounce? Thank you all.
  19. C

    Combined Chlorine- grrr!!!

    Hello. I am a new pool owner that’s ready to fill it all in with concrete because despite the awesome knowledge I’ve gained from this site, I’m at my wits end. Pool is chlorine with a UV light filter, cartridge filter, ozonater, and gas heater. Water sits at about 84 degrees. Pool has a vinyl...
  20. R

    Zero Chlorine

    Hey all, found this site as a result of googling the issues I've had a with a new (to me) pool. I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing regarding pool stuff, but I recently read through pool school and am trying to get started on the TFP method. Grateful for any help you guys can give me...
  21. grumpyveteran

    Tested water for first time today, chlorine test was basically clear and pH is low. Next steps?

    Hi everyone. I tested my water for the first time today and was disappointed with the results. I’ve followed what the pool store told me to but now don’t really trust them so am planning on just doing it myself. I have only had the pool for a couple weeks but here is everything I have done so...
  22. iammikeb

    Chlorine Bottle Exchange in Phoenix, Arizona

    Does anyone in the Phoenix, Arizona area have a place they recommend for chlorine bottle exchange? I currently recycle my 1 gallon containers, but at 3.5 gallons a week it still feels so wasteful. It’d be great to have a place to pop in and exchange.
  23. S

    discolored spot in pool

    This is a 15 years old pool, I have owned it since last year. I use the method I learned from this website to maintain my pool. The most recent test data is like this - Location:Texas -Chlorine : 10 (only add liquid chlorine from local Pinch A Penny store, twice a week and about 0.8-1 gal...
  24. Sotex

    Contemplating getting a Pentair Intellichlor

    I'm wanting to have a better understanding of how SWGs work. My understanding is that they kind of work like a puck system (minus the increase in CYA and having to buy pucks - you buy salt instead). Is that close to accurate? Here is my current setup (see images) - I have a full Pentair system...
  25. dconnest

    How do i know if i'm generating Chlorine?

    Hello, First time posting, just joined. I have a 16x30 liner pool 6' deep end 14,400 gallons. pool and system is new only open 1 1/2 months last summer before it was closed for the winter. i live in Georgia. i've been having issues keeping the chlorine levels up. i have an Aquacal Autopilot...
  26. I

    Having a heck of a time finding regular bleach to chlorinate pool.

    What would be my next best alternative? I've had great luck with standard bleach over the years but due to pandemic this year, it's hard to come by.
  27. Holbrookfaith

    Calcium chloride / alkalinity / santizer

    So I need to raise chlorine levels from 2-4, calcium 100-300 and alk 70-100 all else is in range. I got a giant bag of baking soda, calcium chloride, and multiple liquid bleach 10% I assume I start with the liquid bleach since sanitize first, but I thought I needed to get calcium levels right...
  28. C

    New Tub Owner...sanitation methods...argh HELP

    Apologies in advance for my babbling, many questions post…I am completely new to hot tubbing and bought a tub on the internet at the start of lockdown with no research, guidance etc. So I am reading and reacting. Here’s where I am at. I have bought a Be Well Canada Spa – 0782 Elite and we are...
  29. W

    Adding Shock Chlorine Granules in a New Pool

    Hi all, I have just recently set up a 14ft pool and need to add Chlorine as currently the water doesn't have any. I have bought some Shock Chlorine Granules but unfortunately I have been sent Non Chlorine Granules. Can I still use these or do I need actual Chlorine Granules to initially kick...
  30. thefloatqueen

    Temporary trichlor question....

    Hi everyone! If my CYA is 40 (just BARELY over 40...a couple lines above the 40 mark lol), how many trichlor pucks can I get away with using until my liquid chlorine arrives in less than a week? I really do NOT want to increase my CYA much. They are the 3” (8 oz.) ones. I have two individual...