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    Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    I'm new to this. Got my Taylor k 2006 test in today and I'm ready to cure my nasty pool. I have a 6k gallon metal frame Coleman pool with a sandfilter. Can y'all help me with what I should do next and what products/how much to use? Thanks!

    Cya 80
    Cc .8
    Ch 7.6
    Ta 200
    Ch 300


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    Re: Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    FC and pH seem to be missing from your test results. Those are very important, can you post those?
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    Re: Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    Oh goodness ph was 7.6. I accidentally put ch instead of ph.


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    Re: Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    What is your PH? Lets get your tests in order:

    FC
    CC
    PH (oh wait is that the 7.6?)
    TA
    CH-does not really matter with a vinyl pool
    CYA

    With your CYA being 80 I would drain and replace some water. That will take quite a bit of FC to overcome. Have you played with Pool Math http://www.troublefreepool.com/calc.html

    I would like to see your CYA down to 30. Play with Pool Math and see what it says about how much to remove and replace to lower the CYA to 30.

    I would also test your fill water to see what you have to work with. That will help you know what you need on hand to get your water balanced when you are done with the SLAM.

    GREAT job getting the test kit!!!

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    Re: Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    What was the FC?

    Try this:
    FC
    CC
    pH
    TA
    CH
    CYA

    if you fill them out just in that same order it helps us read them quickly.
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    Re: Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    Okay sorry guys my first time doing the tests. I will post them here in just a bit.


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    FC 6.5
    CC 3
    pH 7.6
    TA 200
    CH 300
    CYA 80

    Sorry guys I didn't fully read the instructions on the chlorine test.



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    Re: Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    Is there another alternative to replacing water in the pool? I'd hate to do that because I just filled it when I first opened it up about 2 weeks ago.


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    Re: Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    Was the pool completely newly refilled? If so what have you added that would make the CYA be so high
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    Re: Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    It wasn't newly filled. It was a bout half full and the water was almost black. I added water to fill it up. I added a gallon of bleach last week but I didn't really know what I was doing then. And I was dumb enough to trust the pool store test.


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    Re: Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    Well, if your CYA is still that high after replacing half the water, it must have been really high before.

    Unless you have a SWG, your SLAM would be easier if you replaced half the water again.
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    Re: Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    Thank you so much for redoing your test and putting them in the order we are used to

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    Here ^^^^^ is the FC/CYA chart. It tells me you will need to MAINTAIN a FC of 31!!! with a CYA of 80 when you SLAM the pool.

    It can be done BUT that is a LOT of chlorine. I will let you do the math. Which will end up being cheaper? Water or chlorine?

    Let us know what you decide to do and we will support you and get your pool clear!

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    Re: Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    I'm so confused! I'm sorry I'm really new to this, so all of these numbers and abbreviations are confusing me. So I need to add more bleach to lower my cya? How do I determine how much?


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    Re: Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mkla216 View Post
    I'm so confused! I'm sorry I'm really new to this, so all of these numbers and abbreviations are confusing me. So I need to add more bleach to lower my cya? How do I determine how much?


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    No - the bleach / chlorine is used to kill algae but it's effectiveness is determined by your CYA level so with a high level (80) you will need a much higher chlorine level to kill the algae. Think of CYA as an insulator that only lets a certain amount of chlorine out to kill the algae. If you have lots of insulation then less of the chlorine makes it out to kill algae so you need to have a much higher level. By draining and adding new water (the only way to reduce CYA) you can run with a much lower chlorine level.
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    Re: Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    Okay! I get it now. So it would definitely be more beneficial to drain and refill in the long run. Okay I will do that and let y'all know the results! How long should I wait after refilling to test?


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    Re: Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    Ships! That is a awesome way of saying it! THANKS!

    Mkla, You can test the water coming out of the hose! We call that the fill water. That will tell us what you need to have on hand when it gets full. BUT don't bother testing the CYA as it has to be added so the fill water will not have any in it.

    Here is some *light* reading to help you learn what the letters and such mean:

    Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry

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    Re: Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    Just drain half the pool and refill. Circulate the water for an hour or so and then retest everything.
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    Re: Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    So I drained half of the pool and refilled and these were my results

    FC 1
    CC 1
    PH 7.6
    TA 160
    CYA 45

    I then added 87oz of liquid chlorine to raise my FC and tested 1 day later. Water color did not turn pink this time when I went to measure FC. Temp had been 65-70 degrees and the liquid chlorine was just bought a week ago. What the heck is wrong with my pool?!


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    Re: Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    The fc was used up. Nothing wrong just st keep adding bleach until the fc holds. If your water was black it may take a good bit to start killing enough algae to overcome the bloom.
    Say you have a million algae. You keep kill 1/2, but use up all the fc to do it. The other will reproduce in a few hours and you're in the same spot. You gotta keep adding fc until you start winning, then maintain it til all algae kill d
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    Re: Got my test kit and results! Now what?

    Okay, will adding more bleach raise my CYA? Sorry if that's a dumb question


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