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    Newbie with 1st numbers

    Just did my 1st test numbers. Here's the results:

    FC 2.0
    CC 0
    pH 7.0
    TA 20
    CH 70
    CYA 60

    I'm so excited! This is my first time using my K2006 and the BBB! Please advise!
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    Re: Newbie with 1st numbers

    The TA and PH are VERY low. Was the water circulating before you tested?

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    Re: Newbie with 1st numbers

    I forgot to ask two questions...

    Have you checked out the CYA chart? Your FC is too low for your CYA level.

    How does your water look?
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    Re: Newbie with 1st numbers

    yes the water is circulating. the pool is greenish but after sweeping i noticed it's settled on the bottom. I think once I vacuum it will clear up a lot. I did check CYA chart. What should I focus on first?
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    Re: Newbie with 1st numbers

    Fix PH and TA first. Since both are low, I suggest using "soda ash" or "Arm & Hammer Washing Soda" (if you can find that...) Soda Ash is also called "PH Up" "PH increaser" at Pool Stores and in pool departments at big-box type stores. It's active ingredient is "Sodium Carbonate".

    (the alternative is to use a combination of Borax and Baking Soda. But try finding the Soda Ash first.)

    Then stock up on some bleach. You want to add enough bleach to get the FC up to your "target".

    Do you know how to use the Pool Calculator yet?

    Once you get the PH/TA fixed, you can start adding chlorine, then you can do an overnight test to see if the FC is holding. If it's not holding, you'll have to shock the pool. But one thing at a time.

    PH/TA first!
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    Re: Newbie with 1st numbers

    I've looked over the pool calculator and put in my numbers. A little overwhelming with sooo many ounces. A friend of mine told me she liked the iphone app better since it does cups and quarts. I'll be getting app soon!
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    Re: Newbie with 1st numbers

    You can get cups/quarts/etc from the web version my letting your mouse pointer hover over the number of oz and then looking at the status area (there are two of them, one near the top and one near the bottom).
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    Re: Newbie with 1st numbers

    Thanks for that info. I kinda like those measuement breakdowns better (easier)!
    Okay I'm gonna vacuum 1st to get the excess pollen & debris out and then focus on the ph & ta. Then get started on the chlorine. I'm sure I will be asking more questions throughout the weekend since now I have the husband interested in this method and on board! Thanks again.
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    Re: Newbie with 1st numbers

    New Question: After I add the soda ash tomorrow, how long should I wait before I test the ph/ta level?
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    Re: Newbie with 1st numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by reneeh
    New Question: After I add the soda ash tomorrow, how long should I wait before I test the ph/ta level?
    With pump running, an hour should be fine.

    ETA: It is best to add maybe 3/4 of the amount you need for correcting pH/TA, circulate, re-test & then adjust if necessary. We try not to over-shoot our goals
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    Re: Newbie with 1st numbers

    Okay, Here's whats taken place in the last week. Instead of wasting products to just vacuum them away this is what I done. I shocked and vacuumed (wasted what I vacuumed out) refilled , done thie 4 more times. Now all algae is gone water is not green anymore almost clear. And here are my new readings! Advice please!!
    FC 3.5
    CC .5
    TC 4.0
    PH 7.2
    TA 50
    CH 70
    CYA 26
    I did just add the 3 cups of bleach and the suggested amount of borax.
    The pool calculator says I need to add 40 lbs. of calcium chloride, 17 lbs. of baking soda and 2 lbs 11 ozs of stabilizer.
    I will have to pick these things up tomorrow. Any advice or help?
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    Re: Newbie with 1st numbers

    There is no need to add calcium to a vinyl liner pool. Other than that, it sounds like a good plan.
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    Re: Newbie with 1st numbers

    Question, did your FC hold overnight?
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