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Thread: New to pool care. Could use some help!

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    Mar 2017
    Chandler, AZ

    Question New to pool care. Could use some help!

    Read through the forums, ordered and just received the TF100 kit today. Below is what I have after the first test this evening.
    * Pool was drained and replaced with new water a month ago.
    * Pool size: 19000 gallons

    FC: 0
    CC: 0
    TC: 0
    PH: 8.2
    TA: 150
    CH: 500
    CYA: 25
    Borates: 0
    Temp: 79F

    Should I start with bleach and muratic acid? Or look towards shocking the pool?

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    Mod Squad woodyp's Avatar
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    Apr 2010
    East Texas

    Re: New to pool care. Could use some help!

    Fix PH, bleach it immediately, and get your CYA up to 50 for AZ to start if you see no algae issues present. The water clear?
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    Mod Squad Jimrahbe's Avatar
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    Bedford, TX

    Re: New to pool care. Could use some help!


    Welcome to TFP... A Great resource for all your pool questions...

    Good job on getting great test kit, but you can't stop there.. You really need to read our "Pool School" link at the top of this page..

    You need to do two things.. (All explained in our Pool School)

    1. Add enough Liquid Chlorine/Bleach to bring your FC up to 5 or 6 ppm... Have you seen this chart, which is part of pool school?

    2. You also need to add enough Muriatic Acid to lower your pH to around 7.5 or so.

    How do you know how much to add?? Easy.. use our Pool Math link at the top of this page... Enter your pool size, current readings, and goal (where you want to be).

    Do not do both of these things at one time, allow about an half hour between the FC adjustment and the pH adjustment, with the pump running of course.

    As a side note... we NEVER shock a pool... Since converting to the TFP process I have not shocked my pool in over three years..

    Thanks for posting... If you want to be able to do this, you have to go back to school... Pool School that is...

    Jim R.
    Finished in 2015 - 17K Gal, IG, 20' x 25' Almost Rectangular Pool, Pebble finish, three rockport water falls. Pentair Equipment: EasyTouch 4, IC40 SWG, 3 HP VS Pump, CCP520 Cartridge Filter.
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    Patrick_B's Avatar
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    Midland TX

    Re: New to pool care. Could use some help!

    Welcome KC,

    Let us know how it goes after the adjustments, and as mentioned what the water looks like now.
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