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    new pool owner asking for advice

    Hey everybody, it's hot in Texas! I've been trying to read up the last couple days, this looks like THE place to be... New pool owner (intex 20x12x48", 6300gal) just now about full with filtered, softened well water... crystal clear, looks inviting... Got a walmart 6 way test kit until I get a better one, first test results: ph 7.4, t/a 360, hardness 0, ran cya and chlorine just for grins, 0 on both... I am using the bbb method, hoping for some advice on the order I need to start adding things to address the t/a and get up to speed on chlorine and cya... played with the pool calculator so I have an idea about what to do, just don't want to screw it all up from the get-go...
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    GW
    Intex Oval Vinyl above ground
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    1500gph cartridge filter

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    Re: new pool owner asking for advice

    And what did the Pool Calc tell you?

    You shouldn't have wasted the CYA Reagent - tap water doesn't have any.

    1st: Chlorine
    2nd: CYA
    3rd: Chlorine
    4th, when CYA and chlorine are holding steady lower the TA. You can read "How To" in Pool School.

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    Re: new pool owner asking for advice

    Yeah, FPM's got the sequence right.

    Just to protect your water and keep it crystal clear, I'd add a small 1/2 jug of clorox each evening until I put the CYA in the pool.

    Then, about 24 hours after I put the CYA in, I would test FC and start dosing the pool just like the CYA was in place........even tho it won't show up on the tests for up to a week after you put it in.

    That should get you swimming and enjoying the pool. Once your routine for adding chlorine settles in, you can address the TA issue.
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    Re: new pool owner asking for advice

    Thanks for the advice, much appreciated... added bleach this evening, will test in the am, add cya tomorrow and work on getting the chlorine up to spec...
    Thanks!
    GW
    Intex Oval Vinyl above ground
    20x12x48 6300 gal.
    1500gph cartridge filter

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    Re: new pool owner asking for advice

    So far so good... water still looks awesome, clorine was about 5 this morning, by this afternoon in the sun all day is was back to about 0... added another half jug of clorox, brought it back to about 4... Started adding cya granular, tried dissolving some in a bucket, seems like a slow process, is that normal? Directions say to add it slowly to skimmer, seems it might plug the filter before it dissolves...

    GW
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    1500gph cartridge filter

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    Re: new pool owner asking for advice

    Quote Originally Posted by gwdeuce
    So far so good... water still looks awesome, clorine was about 5 this morning, by this afternoon in the sun all day is was back to about 0... added another half jug of clorox, brought it back to about 4... Started adding cya granular, tried dissolving some in a bucket, seems like a slow process, is that normal? Directions say to add it slowly to skimmer, seems it might plug the filter before it dissolves...

    GW
    Hi GW,

    You can put the CYA in a sock and hang it in front of a return or lay it to one side in the skimmer basket, making sure to not block the water flow.

    BTW, try really hard to NOT let your FC drop below 2ppm.

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    Re: new pool owner asking for advice

    Put the cya in an old white sock and tie it to the skimmer or onto the pool so that the part that has the chemicals in it is in the water and then just keep swishing it around when ever you think about it. It will take several days to disolve. Trust me dumping stablizer onto a pool bottem is NOT a good idea. I wasn't careful last year and it bleached my intex pool and now there is a weak spot in it. Good thing I'm upgrading this week. You are going to love that pool, I had ours for a long time. Kimrst
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    Re: new pool owner asking for advice

    I got maybe half of it dissolved, I'll do the rest in a sock in the morning and keep a close eye on the FC... Thanks!

    GW
    Intex Oval Vinyl above ground
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    1500gph cartridge filter

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