A newbie with a question go figure


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Aug 4, 2013
Ok so I finally got my test kit (TF-100) plus the magnetic stirrer very cool little gadget. I certainly do recommend it. Anyways here are my results
PH-8.2 or more
Chlorine over 5
CC no
water is at 85 F
What should I tackle first ?????

Thanks in advance


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May 7, 2007
Silver Spring, MD
Use the weekly chlorine test (uses R-0870 power and R-0871 drops) to measure the FC level more precisely. The next step depends on what the FC level really is.


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May 30, 2007
South Carolina
Thanks again for the help Jason.I did do the powder and drops and the calculation came out to .45

Please read the instructions again and/or you can see the youtube video, link in my sig. Use the 10ml directions and post back.

btw, get that pH down to the mid 7's asap.


LifeTime Supporter
Aug 4, 2013
Newbie question again SORRY

Ok so I tested my water again These are the results
Salt 3800
FC 0
PH about 7.8
Calcium 200
TA 80
The calculator suggests 14 lbs stabilizer and about a jug of bleach. Now how much of the stabilizer should I put in and should I put the pump on high for a couple of hours ?


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May 19, 2010
Tucson, AZ
I would add enough CYA to get to about 50ppm. Wait a week after it dissolves to retest and then add more to get up to the 70-80ppm.
Get about 2ppm of FC in the pool ASAP and tehn start raising it as the CYA dissolves based on the FC/CYA Chart.


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Aug 4, 2013
Ok so my chlorine is gone up 1.5 my PH is gone down to about 7.6 and my cya is gone up a little bit 20 . So slowly buy surely its getting back on track . Now I find that when you open your eyes under water it's not very clear . Any thoughts ????

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Do NOT raise CYA at this stage.
"my chlorine is gone up 1.5" - you last reported FC 0, so your FC is 1.5? At CYA 20, you are below minimum FC levels - this would be a reason why "when you open your eyes under water it's not very clear".
I'd suggest you raise FC immediately, then run an OCLT to rule out organics before raising your CYA.

CYA doesn't make it unclear to see under water in and of its own self, you need to maintain the FC/CYA ratio to prevent algae; algae will make the water unclear.
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