You might want to take it easy on the Cal-hypo as well since your pool water is already quite hard.zimmech said:Thanks frogabog. We put enought cya in to reach 20 ppm, and are basing all our chemicals on a filled pool (as we are filling it now). The shock we are using is calcium hypo, so is not adidng any cya to the water. We plan to occasionally use the skimmer tablets in the future so we did not want to add too much cya. We bought more bleach today, and plan to continue solely with bleach to continue shocking once we are out of the powder shock (after tomorrow morning). I probably sound impatient to you all - we have been working on the pool for a month, but had to take a break last week to get married and just finally got the pump operational. To me it feels like we have been working on it forever!
Thanks again for your suggestions and assistance! We would be lost without this site!
I'm just paying my debt back when I was a newbie and just learning (still learning!)zimmech said:That makes sense about the cal-hypo and the Ch levels. After last weekend, we switched to bleach only. A local pool store sells a gallon of 12.5% for $3.70 so we have been stocking up!
I would say the water is a milky blue-green. Supposed to be 90 and muggy this weekend and hot hot hot next week too, so hopefully the pool will be ready soon!
We are picking up a 12 ml clear solar cover tonight. Do you think, because its clear, that we could cover the pool with it while still shocking? Then maybe when we can finally swim, the pool will be warmer than 70 lol
Thanks again for all your help. It's great that so many people take time out of their day to help clueless poeple like me!
Have a terrific weekend
Your pH of 7.2 was just fine and no need to adjust. pH tests can read a false high when FC is above 10. Your pH test should have been accurate.zimmech said:Yesterday's late afternon reading was fc 9.5 and pH 7.2, so I added more Borax to increase pH to 7.4. Then I realized (too late) that my pH reading may have been off due to shocking? I will buy some MA this weekend to have on hand just in case.
It is best to leave the cover off during the day while shocking to allow the sun to help breakdown CC.zimmech said:We are picking up a 12 ml clear solar cover tonight. Do you think, because its clear, that we could cover the pool with it while still shocking? Then maybe when we can finally swim, the pool will be warmer than 70 lol
30 minutes to an hour, but you shouldn't be swimming while you are shocking the pool.zimmech said:I added more MA today, to reduce the TA (100) and the pH (7.8), just enought to bring it down to 90 and 7.2. How long after adding MA is it safe to enter the pool?