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    Newby: First water test

    I just completed my first test on my new pool with my Taylor k 2006 test kit. I welcome any tips or info that you all willing to provide.


    8-free chlorine
    0-combined chlorine
    7.8- ph
    140- total alkalinity
    50- calcium hardness
    37- CYA
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    Re: Newby: First water test

    Looks pretty good actually. We would round-up the CYA to 40 which means FC should be between 5-7, so you can let it drop slightly. Never below 3 though. Low CH doesn't matter with your vinyl pool. Because you use well water, there is a tendency to have iron in that water, so you'll want to keep the pH lower. I'd recommend about 7.4-7.5. If you find the pH climbs really fast day by day, then lower the TA as well following the TFP Pool School - Lower Total Alkalinity page. Maybe try for a TA goal of about 70-80 and see if that helps. Once pH stays steady, you can leave the TA alone. They work together that way. If pH (and/or FC) gets too high with iron water, it will cause the metal to precipitate out causing stains and turn the water green or brown. Other than that, looking good.
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    Re: Newby: First water test

    Looks good to me, you might eventually want to bring that TA down but I wouldn't worry about it yet. And call your CYA 40 (round up to next multiple of 10)

    How's the water look?
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    Re: Newby: First water test

    NICE!!!

    What did you use to get the FC to 8?

    Lets call your CYA 40. We round up for that one.

    Your TA is a tad high. We will work on that.

    Print this out:

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    and read this:

    Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals

    and this:

    Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry

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    Re: Newby: First water test

    Thank you guys for the responses! @Mr. Bruce the water looks great! @ Texas Splash I had my water tested by the local pool store and they said that I had 0 ppm iron or copper. @ kimkats so far I've added chlorine pucks, conditioner, and have shocked my pool three times using 2lbs per treatment all at the recommendation of the pool store.
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    Re: Newby: First water test

    If I were you I'd stay out of the pool store. None of the things you've added are things we use on any regular basis. You are lucky your water is in good shape, I really recommend reading the links Kim posted, especially the second one. Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals

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    Re: Newby: First water test

    That's why I am here Mr.Bruce! The guys at the pool store started contradicting each other and actually got in a pretty heated argument while I was standing there. Which honestly I thought was kinda funny,but never the less decided to do a little research and that's when I found TFP!
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    Re: Newby: First water test

    The guys at the pool store started contradicting each other and actually got in a pretty heated argument while I was standing there.


    Yep, very common. The bad advice, not the arguing. That IS funny. Stick with us and the links you see above and in our sigs and you'll be in much better shape. Find a place in CA that offers regular/plain bleach at a good price and you'll be on your way. Got more questions? We've got answers.
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    Re: Newby: First water test

    After using pool math it is suggesting that I use 53 oz by weight of dry acid or 39 oz of muriatic acid. Does it matter which one I use? And does that sound correct?
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    Re: Newby: First water test

    If you are lowering ph, muriatic acid is better. Dry acid adds extra "stuff".

    A ph of 7.8 is fine, but if you are ready to lower TA then dropping ph (and therefore TA) is fine.

    I would recommend aiming for 7.4 or 7.5 if this is your first time adding acid. You don't want to over-shoot.
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    Re: Newby: First water test

    Muriatic acid its. Do you guys know of a good source for aquiring it? I saw that I could get it on amazon. Its calling it a ph reducer instaed of muriatic acid. Is that the same thing?
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    Re: Newby: First water test

    Quote Originally Posted by Ktrueblood View Post
    Muriatic acid its. Do you guys know of a good source for aquiring it? I saw that I could get it on amazon. Its calling it a ph reducer instaed of muriatic acid. Is that the same thing?
    I buy mine from Home Depot. Usually 7.50 for 2 Gallons.


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    Re: Newby: First water test

    Home Depot or Lowes. Look in the outside area and make sure it is the 31% stuff.

    Use care and wear eye protection. Try to be up wind as the fumes are nasty. Store the MA away from any chlorine and metal.

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    Re: Newby: First water test

    You can get MA at Lowe's

    Or at Home Depot


    It's also one item I don't mind getting at the pool store - Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone. Just get it and leave.
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    Re: Newby: First water test

    Thank you for all the help! I am sure I will be bugging you all with more remedial questions till I get it nailed down.
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    Re: Newby: First water test

    We love questions or just plain gut checks. That helps us make sure you really understand what is going on!

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    Re: Newby: First water test

    Kim forgot to add that she loves pool pics!!
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    Re: Newby: First water test

    Quote Originally Posted by Reddogdan View Post
    Kim forgot to add that she loves pool pics!!
    Oh so true! The more the better!

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    Re: Newby: First water test

    Pictures for sure when I get the rest of the yard done. The pool was the first step of a complete back yard reno.
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