First pool ever , initial test results

SP1

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Mar 31, 2019
18
New Mexico
Free Ch 4.6
Combined Ch 12-18
PH 7.6
TA 210
CH 200
CYA 0

Taylor 2006C
Ran test twice , hoping I got it right
I have 4 lbs stabilizer I plan to add
Any thoughts ?
And what a wonderful site ! TFP
 

Texas Splash

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Welcome to TFP! :wave: Glad to see you have a good test kit as well. :goodjob: For your tests:
- FC makes sense, but I suspect you had an error on the CC reading right afterwards. You might want to double-check your combined chlorine method and/or the reagent you were using. It's easy to get them confused.
- pH great.
- TA elevated for sure, but that can be worked a bit later.
- CH is good, especially for your area
- CYA ... definitely get a sock soaking to dissolve the granular stabilizer. You want a minimum CYA of 30, so use the Poolmath app to figure out how much stabilizer to place in a sock.
- Very important ... update your signature with all of your pool and equipment info. That will help us determine more about what levels are important to you.

Great to have you with us.

Adding CYA:
To increase CYA via granular stabilizer, place the required amount as calculated by the Poolmath calculator into a white sock and place in the poolside skimmer basket. For those concerned about suction flow to the pump, suspending the sock near a return jet or from a floating device will also suffice. Best never to allow undissolved granules to rest directly against the pool surface. Squeeze the sock periodically to help it dissipate. Once dissolved, consider your CYA adjusted to that programmed (target) level. CYA test readings should show a rise in 24-48 hours, however some pools may experience a longer delay to fully register. Best to confirm final CYA in about 5-7 days before adding any more stabilizer/conditioner.
 

Oly

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Jun 28, 2017
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Fresno, CA
You can save reagents by using the 10ml sample size testing FC. This reduces the test resolution to 0.5ppm but is adequate for proper sanitation. Check the Taylor directions for method.
 
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SP1

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Mar 31, 2019
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New Mexico
Welcome to TFP! :wave: Glad to see you have a good test kit as well. :goodjob: For your tests:
- FC makes sense, but I suspect you had an error on the CC reading right afterwards. You might want to double-check your combined chlorine method and/or the reagent you were using. It's easy to get them confused.
- pH great.
- TA elevated for sure, but that can be worked a bit later.
- CH is good, especially for your area
- CYA ... definitely get a sock soaking to dissolve the granular stabilizer. You want a minimum CYA of 30, so use the Poolmath app to figure out how much stabilizer to place in a sock.
- Very important ... update your signature with all of your pool and equipment info. That will help us determine more about what levels are important to you.

Great to have you with us.
Thank you for the reply neighbor
Would it be safe to get in this pool at these
levels ?
Been stairing at it for 8 months
Will drop double socks ASAP
 

Texas Splash

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TFP Expert
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For now, definitely increase the FC right away. Too low equals algae. Use regular bleach and the PoolMath tool to add about 6-7 ppm of free chlorine. I'd do that as soon as possible.

Once you get in a groove and the chemistry seems predictable to you, we can discuss possibly lowering the TA a bit, but no rush. Focus on controlling and maintaining the FC as noted on the FC/CYA Chart.
 

SP1

Member
Mar 31, 2019
18
New Mexico
Thank you for the FC/CYA chart
I had forgot about that
Target was 4 FC , will reset target to 5+
According to K-2006C wheel calculator , saturation index is 0.3
 

mknauss

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May 3, 2014
22,404
Laughlin, NV
Pump Run time

How do you chlorinate? That is the primary driver of pump run time.

If you leave the cover open at night, your pool water temperature will approximate your overnight air temperature in our dry climate.
 

SP1

Member
Mar 31, 2019
18
New Mexico
Return jet question
So the contractor winterized new pool.
I haven’t heard back , so I’ve opened it up myself
There are 4 ports at the same elevation
2 on one wall
1 on opposing wall
1 on shallow end wall
3 of them have flow , 1 does not
I’ve capped others systematically and nothing still from the one
Could it be for something else ?
 

ajw22

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TFP Guide
Jul 21, 2013
10,505
Northern NJ
Return jet question
So the contractor winterized new pool.
I haven’t heard back , so I’ve opened it up myself
There are 4 ports at the same elevation
2 on one wall
1 on opposing wall
1 on shallow end wall
3 of them have flow , 1 does not
I’ve capped others systematically and nothing still from the one
Could it be for something else ?
Post pics of your equipment and valves. Could be a valve closed. Could be a cleaner line. Could just be low flow that you can't really feel.
 
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SP1

Member
Mar 31, 2019
18
New Mexico
When I opened the cleaner valve to check intake port , I found the 1/2 line on auto chlorine dispenser ( which I don’t use ) had blown off a while later
Coincidence ?
 

ajw22

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TFP Guide
Jul 21, 2013
10,505
Northern NJ
When I opened the cleaner valve to check intake port , I found the 1/2 line on auto chlorine dispenser ( which I don’t use ) had blown off a while later
Coincidence ?
Really need to see a pic of plumbing and valve to understand and comment.