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    Testing question

    I just bought Leslie's Total Poolcare DPD Test kit....I am a newbie so have no clue what I am doing or reading. My question is in the first test it says to match color standard immediately, what is the color standard, nothing was included to match colors with in the kit....thanks!
    Ok never mind....found it!






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    Re: Testing question

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    Re: Testing question

    Thank you, I was looking for a piece of paper...lol

    Here are my results:

    cl = 5
    tc =10
    ph=7.2
    ta = 210
    ch =180
    cya =90


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    Re: Testing question

    Hopefully you made a mistake when figuring the TC level. If your numbers are right, you need to shock the pool.

    I am hoping that your first chlorine measurement (FC) was 5, and your next step chlorine measurement (TC) was also 5, and you wrote down 10 because 5+5 is 10. If so, that is not the right procedure, and your water is fine. The first step measures FC and the second step measures TC. CC = TC - FC.

    The DPD test measures FC and TC from 0 to 5, or if you are using one to one dilution, it measures FC and TC from 0 to 10. To get the results you list, you would need to be doing the test with dilution, and have estimated the first stage color as somewhere between the 2 and 3 colors.
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    Re: Testing question

    HA...told you I was new at this...yes FC - 5 and TC 5, what about my CYA?
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    Re: Testing question

    check your swg manual for the recommended levels. according to the pool school recommendation, you're just a touch high.
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    Re: Testing question

    My manual says 3000

    Another question, my manual says the gallons of water for the 18 x 48 is 5455, but the calcuator says its 7600, this could be why I'm off on a few results, because I have told the PS that it was 5455...any thoughts?


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    Re: Testing question

    your manual says 3000 for salt, but your question was about cya :)
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    Re: Testing question

    My Pool Calculator assumes the walls of the pool are vertical all the way down. Most vinyl and fiberglass pools have slopes and rounded corners that the Pool Calculator does not take into account. So, it makes sense that the pool is a little smaller than it calculates.

    Your CYA level is high, but livable with a SWG. It should come down on it's own over the course of the season.
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    Re: Testing question

    So you are saying not to worry about CYA...do the other tests look ok to you, because my water is still very cloudy from the algae problem, but this morning I can't see anymore algae at the bottom and that's a plus after 3 weeks of dealing with it.
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    Re: Testing question

    High CYA does make it more challenging to kill algae.
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    Re: Testing question

    The TA is high, assuming the test didn't mess you up; we've seen many cases where there is a static buildup and the drops are teeny, making for too-high readings. If you wipe the tip of the bottle with a damp cloth between drops that takes care of it.

    If your TA is really >200 then you probably want to lower it, as that plus the SWG will put a lot of upward pressure on your pH and you'll be dumping in a lot of acid to keep it under control.
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    Re: Testing question

    ok...I'm going to test my TA again, when the water changes color to red, should it be a bright red or is it done when it just has a tint of pinkish red.
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    Re: Testing question

    I re-tested my TA and did it using the cloth, now my result is 170...is that better?
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    Re: Testing question

    not really. the test is done when it changes red (or yellow I think if your fc is high) and your next drop does not change the color any more. the last drop that did not change the color any more is not counted.
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    Re: Testing question

    ok....that's how I did it. Now, I filled out the Pool Calculator and it tells me the following:

    Ph - 22 oz. by weight or 19 oz. of washing soda or 44 oz of Borax

    CH - add 90 oz. by weight or 72 oz of calcium chloride to lower CH, replace some water with new water

    Suggested FC levels:

    SWG:2 Normal 3 to 7

    Shock 15

    Mustard Algae Shock 24


    I know I should understand what all of that means after reading pool school, but really not sure what to do next....
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    Re: Testing question

    your ph is lower than the recommendation in pool school...I'm not sure how they got those numbers but they know a lot more than I do. the ph is in the generally acceptable range, but again, these guys are the pros.
    you don't need to change your CH. it's 180 right?
    assuming this is a 5455 gallon pool with an SWG and a cya of 90, your minimum free chlorine needs to be 4 per the calculator.

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    Re: Testing question

    yes, my ch is 180, but I'm not following you on the fc needs to be 4 per the calculator? Please explain in layman terms for this blonde...lol I think you are saying I need to lower my fc to 4? You are correct it is the 5455 gallon, 18 x 48 ABG with a SWG....
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    Re: Testing question

    I went to thepoolcalculator.com and entered in 5455 gallons, cya 90, vinyl pool and SWG for chlorine source. the calculator then showed FC recommended range 4-12.
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    Re: Testing question

    ok....I'm really confused on the SWG - 2, Shock 15 and Mustard Algae shock 24, I'm not sure what to do with that information or what it even means, according to the pc I need to use some Borax, add calcium chloride and drain the water down some.

    My SWG does not give me a reading on the salt level, it only beeps if it is too low or too high.

    Should I drain down before I add the borax and cc? Shock 15, what does the 15 mean? Mustard Algae shock 24?

    I want to be absolutely sure that the algae is not growing anymore and will do whatever is best to remedy that situation.



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