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    Thanks Everyone for Your Help!

    I moved into a house with a pool just a year ago. This was the first time I owned a pool. Because I was clueless, I hired a pool company to open the pool last spring. It was the same company the previous owners used to close the pool in the fall. It cost about $450 to open the pool which included "chemicals." Part of the opening kit was CYA. So, between the previous owners using pucks and the service company adding CYA, I was fighting high CYA levels all last summer.

    After reading the posts and stickies on this group over over the summer, I felt I could close and open the pool by myself. I closed the pool at the end of October and opened last weekend. To lower the CYA, I drained about 1/3 of the pool and refilled. Based on what I read here, I just used antifreeze, Cal Hypo and Polyquat for closing and Cal Hypo for opening. Total cost of the chemicals was around $45. Also following the advise here, I soaked the DE filter element in dish detergent for a few hours and rinsed it well. I was amazed at what came off.

    The pool was crystal clear after taking the cover off. There were a few leaves and worms in the bottom. Last year when the pool serviced closed and opened it took we a week to clear the pool enough to see the bottom. The filter is now working much better as well. Before cleaning, with no DE on the grids the back pressure was 10 psi which went up to 12 psi when DE was added. Back pressure is now 8 psi with DE. Flow through the filter also went up significantly.

    Water chemistry is nearly perfect after adding some chlorine. Current numbers are:
    FC 4
    CC 1.5
    pH 7.3
    CYA 55
    CH 200
    Temperature 52 F
    I'm hoping some sun will get the CC down to zero soon enough and warm the pool. I've got several gallons of bleach and a box of baking soda ready for the summer.

    Anyway, thanks everyone. I figure doing the opening and closing myself saved over $800. In addition, the pool should be much easier to manage this year.
    11x27 in ground, vinyl pool
    ~12,500 gal
    PAC FAB (Pentair) Pinnacle 3/4 hp pump
    Pentair 24 sq ft DE filter
    One skimmer, one return (no main drain)

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    I was in the same boat as you were when I purchased my home. Never had a pool and didn't know where to start. Finding this site was a blessing for sure. I swear, if every pool owner who was willing to spend a little time learning and come to the understanding that pool maintenance is not as complex as many of the pool stores and maintenance companies make it out to be, there would be little reason for folks to have to drop $800-plus per year to open their pool. Every time I go into a pool store to purchase a part or something, I find myself cringing as I listen to the "free" test results and the "solution(s)" to their pool woes. Had it not been my luck in finding TFP, that could have easily been me at that counter spending $$$-$$$$ for needless supplies. Glad you are happy with the way things are going with your pool and I'm glad that you decided to join us here on TFP!

    Craig
    10K gallon IG gunite with waterfall; Pentair CC320P filter; WhisperFlo 2 HP pump
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    Congrats on closing/opening your pool and saving big $$$!

    If your CC is 1.5, then you need to shock. You can use Jason's pool calc for the correct doses.

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    Here's a quick update.

    I boosted the FC to 7 ppm a day ago. The CC is now down to 0.5. Chlorine is holding very steady.

    TA is 140. I was hoping the TA would drop to around 100 after the partial drain and refill. It was 150 before.
    11x27 in ground, vinyl pool
    ~12,500 gal
    PAC FAB (Pentair) Pinnacle 3/4 hp pump
    Pentair 24 sq ft DE filter
    One skimmer, one return (no main drain)

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