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    Where to start

    Painted and time to fill. Started filling an hour ago and will take SEVERAL hours. Will be filled, with about 144,000 L (app:38000 US Gals) of city water with the #'s from my tap being

    FC-0.5
    CC-1.0
    TA-70
    CH-80

    Pump/filter/CG etc all set to go. So my question (s) to you good folks are:

    When do I add the salt?
    When do I start th CG ?
    When to add Chlorine ?
    When to add Stab ?

    Anything else I need to do in regards to chemical?

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    Southern Ontario. Concrete Lazy L shape pool painted in 2005 with 2 part epoxy paint ,42 x 20 , 2.5 ft deep in shallow end , 8 ft in deep end, with what i calculate as an average depth of 6 to 6.5 ft. or approx 38300 Gal. 1HP pump , Hayward sand filter model S-220T rated at 2.64 ft.2 , 52 GPM , Intellichlor IC40 CG

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    Re: Where to start

    Report your pH first.
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    Re: Where to start

    Report your pH first.
    Thanks -had that # also but didn't post it.

    PH: 7.8
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    Re: Where to start

    Since most pools tend to rise in pH slowly over time, I would suggest lowering pH down to around 7.4 or so, perhaps even 7.2 if experience tells you your pool will rise.

    Then, I would add the chlorine, stabilizer one right after another. I suggest chlorine up to around 5ppm to give it a good starting dose.

    Once chlorine and stabilizer are in, your pH lowered and your TA re-checked, your pool water should be well balanced and I would then bring in the salt and turn on the SWG.
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    Re: Where to start

    Thank you duraleigh
    Southern Ontario. Concrete Lazy L shape pool painted in 2005 with 2 part epoxy paint ,42 x 20 , 2.5 ft deep in shallow end , 8 ft in deep end, with what i calculate as an average depth of 6 to 6.5 ft. or approx 38300 Gal. 1HP pump , Hayward sand filter model S-220T rated at 2.64 ft.2 , 52 GPM , Intellichlor IC40 CG

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    Re: Where to start

    hi duraleigh--when you said " add the chlorine, stabilizer one right after another." did you mean RIGHT AWAY, as in one after another with NO WAIT time for each component to circulate?.

    I started with the acid to lower PH and then right away added the chlorine. Is this right
    Southern Ontario. Concrete Lazy L shape pool painted in 2005 with 2 part epoxy paint ,42 x 20 , 2.5 ft deep in shallow end , 8 ft in deep end, with what i calculate as an average depth of 6 to 6.5 ft. or approx 38300 Gal. 1HP pump , Hayward sand filter model S-220T rated at 2.64 ft.2 , 52 GPM , Intellichlor IC40 CG

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    Yes, in that case, one right after another...there's no real reason for a time delay.
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    Thank you again duraleigh. One more ?--does what you are telling me apply to the salt also?
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    Re: Where to start

    Salt doesn't interact with any of the other levels, so you can add it any time.
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    Thanks Jason
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    Re: Where to start

    So is this looking good ? It's been 5 days since the balancing act started and these are the #'s that have held now for almost 3 full days with the SWG set at 40% output and running the pump at 12 hr on and 12 hr off.

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    FC-4.5
    CC-0
    TA-70
    CYA-70
    PH- 7.6
    CH-120
    Southern Ontario. Concrete Lazy L shape pool painted in 2005 with 2 part epoxy paint ,42 x 20 , 2.5 ft deep in shallow end , 8 ft in deep end, with what i calculate as an average depth of 6 to 6.5 ft. or approx 38300 Gal. 1HP pump , Hayward sand filter model S-220T rated at 2.64 ft.2 , 52 GPM , Intellichlor IC40 CG

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    Re: Where to start

    The numbers look pretty good. How does your water look?
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    Re: Where to start

    How does your water look?
    WET

    Looks real good duraleigh.Clear and glistening, and yesterday at a temp of 68, the 2 Grandsons said "SILKY".This is the first time I've started with a good clean pool and fresh water since I got the SWG in June of 2008. I was running that pool like a fool for years before the SWG with gal after gal of chlorine and who knows what else. Last season I was running it with the SWG and with TONS of help from you guys, it always looked good until the water was stirred up by swimming nearing the season end. That's when all the "milky water" aggravations started and I came to realize at closing time the pool needed a new paint job.

    Now I guess I should set up a regular brushing schedule.

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    Very nice test results and clear, wet water!! It doesn't get much better than that!! Happy swimming and nice work on your water chemistry.
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    Re: Where to start

    Hi Gerry,

    Congratulations on getting the paint job done and the water balanced

    68 degrees is cold to me! Have a wonderful summer
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    Thanks again duraleigh.

    68 degrees is cold to me!
    Me too Butterfly. But Grankids--well they are just typical cold lovin Canucks eh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oletrout
    Me too Butterfly. But Grankids--well they are just typical cold lovin Canucks eh.
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    Re: Where to start

    I have been running my SWG and pump in 12 hr cycles with the output at 20%.Water LOOKS great.The water has been in the 68-70 range. My numbers have been holding except for FC which went from 4 to 3.5 from yesterdays test. I jacked up the output of the SWG to 40% this AM. I am leaving on Thursday for 12 days and in anticipation of the weather changing for the better and the temp of the pool water temp rising I am wondering if there are any other things I can do in order for my wife to have a TROUBLE FREE POOL in my absence.Yesterday AM FC was 4 and other #'s are the same.
    #s are currently at:
    FC-3.5-----Yesterday AM FC was 4
    CC-0
    TA-70
    CYA-70
    PH-7.5-7.8
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    Re: Where to start

    Sounds like you have a handle on it. Does she know how to test?
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    Re: Where to start

    Does she know how to test
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    Not really for using the drop test. She is familiar with the simple chlorine and ph test and knows how to boost the SWG output.
    Southern Ontario. Concrete Lazy L shape pool painted in 2005 with 2 part epoxy paint ,42 x 20 , 2.5 ft deep in shallow end , 8 ft in deep end, with what i calculate as an average depth of 6 to 6.5 ft. or approx 38300 Gal. 1HP pump , Hayward sand filter model S-220T rated at 2.64 ft.2 , 52 GPM , Intellichlor IC40 CG

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