1st Pool Opening On Our Own

joe603

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May 21, 2018
21
Fayetteville/GA
Hey guys! I have a 20k pebble-tec pool that has been running all winter in GA. To deal with the low temp and no SWG, I used chlorine tablets in a floating dispenser that I attached to our pool rope (which I don't use during swim season). Anyway, the chlorine levels have started to drop as the sun is killing it more and more. I check it once a week, along with PH/ALK/Hardness.

Because I have trees that block the sun for most of the winter, the Chlorine levels have stayed around 2.0. Now that it's starting to get more and more sun, those levels have dropped to 1.0. Anyway, I've never had to shock the pool...never had algae or cloudy water. But this is the first opening after a winter for me...so I'm not sure what's normal. Should I add more chlorine tabs in the floating dispenser (currently has 2).

What do you guys do while you wait for the temp to rise enough for the SWG to do it's job?
 

joe603

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May 21, 2018
21
Fayetteville/GA
Ya...CYA. I've haven't had luck with that Crud. Tried to add it last year and it went from slightly cloudy, to just a bit more cloudy. The measurement seems objective and leslies is hit or miss.

I guess I'm just trying to see when I should start pool perfect, do the filter clean (I have a cartridge), clean the SWG with acid and shock. The water looks great, aside from the film of pollen on top.
 

setsailsoon

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Oct 25, 2015
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Stuart/FL
Joe,

We don't recommend the use of chlorine tablets or the other standard Leslies treatments. TFP methodology is much simpler and works very well... I've been doing it 3+ years with superb results. I would recommend you read Pool School documents and switch. You will need to learn to do the CYA test but it's not that hard with a little practice. Experts here can help you with it. Also it is required to know this so you are properly disinfecting no matter what pool regime you use. Just because you haven't seen algae yet does not mean you are properly disinfecting.

I hope this is helpful.

Chris
 

jtpipkin

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Oct 2, 2016
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albany, ga
Sorry for my blount attitiude, but bottom line is the CYA and the pH tests suck, but it's part of the process. Either practice and learn or you're really wasting your time with the remainder.
 

joe603

Member
May 21, 2018
21
Fayetteville/GA
I don't buy anything at leslie's...They are overpriced compared to online/local big box stores. I just use them to check my results on tests...and a salt reading.

I only use chl tabs in the floater during the winter when my SWG is offline. I have it attached to my normally unused pool rope for low/deep end.

The CYA levels are around 30...I may try to bump to 40.

I guess I was just looking for tips/tricks for those who have opened pools for a few years. I never really "closed" mine as I live in the south. Freeze protect for a few cold nights and kept up with the chems...just checked it much less.
 

setsailsoon

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Oct 25, 2015
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Joe

Great to hear, I just couldn't tell what your plan was from post. My immediate move would be to get your FC up to recommended levels and stay above the minimum. I don't have the "closed pool weather to deal with so I'll see if I can call back @Texas Splash to advise you further.

Good luck!

Chris