New Member, New house, old pool.

Apr 16, 2019
Chicago, IL, USA
Hello all. Time to get the pool going. Water temp is 52 and climbing a degree a day. I don't have a "solar" cover yet. Thats next to order once I get the opening going. A bit of back story; house was built in 1992 and pool was put in in 1997. I purchased the house last April 2018. vinyl liner was replaced in 2013. Since then a national brand name pool company maintained the pool with great results according to the previous owners and myself, As I continued the contract of the pool company until they closed it in October 2018. This year I want to cut costs on the pool and chemical usage. I can do a lot by myself,so how hard is a pool to keep? Guess I'll find out!

Finally got my Taylor k2006c test kit. First run of numbers:
FC: 4.5
CC: 0.2
PH: 7.0 (most likely lower as this is bottom of test kit)
TA: 150
CH: 350
CYA: 90

I'm about to do my second drain and refill of 5k gallons. To drop that CYA number. Then I'll dump the chlorine to shock level and wait this out. PH is low. I'll need to adjust that too. anything else I should do before I dump the 10% HDX (home depot) liquid chlorine?

Been reading this site and a few others that follow the BBB/TFPC method and am extremely interested due to the results I've see on these forums.
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Jul 10, 2018
Las Vegas, NV
Welcome to TFP. You’ll learn a lot of practical steps to take to manage your pool on this site. One thing I would suggest is to use the base demand R-006 reagent in your kit for pH. You can see how many drops it takes to get it above 7. That will definitely give you an idea of where the pH is at.

It’s also beneficial to get your routine going, i.e. best time of day for testing the pool chemistry, brushing, vacuuming and your chemical dosing routine. When you have questions, post them here on TFP, the experts will take good care of you.
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Jan 4, 2016
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Agreed pH will rise on its own. It's probably low because of long term use of chlorine pucks/tablets, and that will stop happening now that you've switched to liquid, and taken any/all pucks/tablets out of the pool or inline chlorinator. Within a few days or less, you'll see higher pH.
Apr 16, 2019
Chicago, IL, USA
So, Just waiting to clear a over night chlorine drop test Its about 2ppm over night. Robot has been scrubbing like crazy, Here is some photo updates. Just got the bubble cover done today:

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