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Gerri

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Jul 13, 2010
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Mount Carmel, Illinois
I just received my TF-100 testing kit. Here are my chemical levels

Pool - 6000 gallons
Temp - 88

FC - 2.5 (5 drops)
CC - 1.5 (3 drops)
TC - 4
pH - 7.6
TA - 90
CH - 400
CYA - 0

The water seems to look semi-cloudy
Thanks for the help
 

benavidescj

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Hi Gerri and welcome to TFP.

You have organics in the water as shown by the CC level of 1.5 ppm. You need to shock, here is the link to the process: How to Shock.

Once you are done repost your test results for more help.
 

duraleigh

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Hi, Gerry,

Welcome to the forum. :lol: Yeah, I would suggest you shock. When you read that article mentioned above, take note that it is a process rather than just one dose of chlorine. Keep your FC up at shock level for the whole process. Post back with any questions.

Before you start shocking, I would add stabilizer to your pool. Put in a dose(stabilizer) big enough to get to 30ppm or thereabouts and then your shock target you'll be holding your chlorine at will be 12-15. Stabilizer is also called CYA or Cyanuric acid.

Let us know what questions you have and we'll get that cloudiness out of the pool and get your water crystal clear.
 

Gerri

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Jul 13, 2010
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Mount Carmel, Illinois
I have another question. I have 3 different kinds of stabilizers

Aquamate - Concentrated/Stabilized Pool Chlorinating 1" small tablets
Aquamate - STABLIZER

hth - stabilizer & conditioner

Is there any certain one I should use
 

JasonLion

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That depends on why you are shocking. You might want to wait 24 hours after adding CYA, so there will be some CYA in the water, which makes shocking easier. On the other hand, if algae is just getting started, it will be much easier to get rid of if you add chlorine immediately.

"Aquamate - Concentrated/Stabilized Pool Chlorinating 1" small tablets" contains both chlorine and stabilizer. Normally you wouldn't use this to raise the CYA level, as it will add too much chlorine. The other two are fine for raising the CYA level.
 

Gerri

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Jul 13, 2010
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Mount Carmel, Illinois
Ok sorry if I appear to not know much but should I mix up the stabilizer in a bucket of water before adding it to my pool.

Thank You and thank you for welcoming me to your forum
 

frustratedpoolmom

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I would tie off the sock and hang it in front of the return flow and leave the pump running until the CYA dissolves out of the sock. Once you have added the CYA adjust your FC levels accordingly (refer to the chart)...your shock level will go up depending on your target dose for CYA.
 

Gerri

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Jul 13, 2010
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Mount Carmel, Illinois
I didn't get to add the stabilizer to my pool till last nite. And I haven't shocked it yet because I read to wait 24 hours unless really needed. So here are my chemical levels as of this morning

FC - 1.5
CC - 1
TC - 2.5
pH - 7.5
TA - 80
CH - 370
CYA - 30

The water does look clearer than it did yesterday
Thank You
 

Gerri

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Mount Carmel, Illinois
Ok Im sorry I am really new to this how much shock should I use for my levels. I looked at the chart you all were talking about and I am totally lost on how much to use. I feel really stupid but I want my pool to look good and don't want to mess it up. Please help me understand.

Thank You
 

duraleigh

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When you read that article mentioned above, take note that it is a process rather than just one dose of chlorine. Keep your FC up at shock level for the whole process. Post back with any questions.

Before you start shocking, I would add stabilizer to your pool. Put in a dose(stabilizer) big enough to get to 30ppm or thereabouts and then your shock target you'll be holding your chlorine at will be 12-15. Stabilizer is also called CYA or Cyanuric acid.
 

Bama Rambler

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You should read Pool School on how to shock your pool. You should also learn to use the Pool Calculator. Once you enter your numbers into the calculator it'll give your the recommended levels as well as your shock level,

Your shock level for a CYA of 30 is 13. It'll take 1 gallon and 2 cups of 6% bleach to get you there from 1.5ppm FC.

ETA: Dave and I were typing at the same time.
 

Gerri

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Jul 13, 2010
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Mount Carmel, Illinois
I did just that and here are my recent chemical levels

FC - 10
CC - 0.5
TC - 10.5
pH - 7.6
TA - 100
CH - 380
CYA - 25

ok since my CYA is 25 shock level would be 12 so I would add 3 cups and 1oz of bleach. And also add 4 oiiz and 1 tsp of stabilizer Is that correct?

Thanks for the help
 

benavidescj

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Gerri, don't worry about the stabilizer right now, your CYA looks good right now while you are shocking. Yes, continue to add the bleach to keep the FC up at 12 until you pass the overnight FC test (how to pass the overnight FC test). Check the FC level often while you are shocking, don't wait too long inbetween checks until the FC level starts to hold.
 

Gerri

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Mount Carmel, Illinois
ok I did the overnight FC test the level on it was 9.5 So with that I want to raise it to 12 by adding 1 qt and 5 oz of bleach. Do I seem to be doing this correctly. Sorry if I appear to really not know what I'm doing because I don't but I think I'm learning

Thank You
 

Bama Rambler

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In order to know how you did on the OCLT (overnight chlorine loss test) you should have two numbers. One test after the sun set and another taken the next morning before the sun rises. The difference between those numbers is what you're looking to be 1ppm or less.
 

benavidescj

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Gerri, keep that FC level up. You need to test often, every hour or two to start. Then when the FC starts to remain pretty steady, not dropping too fast, you can test and add bleach less often.
 

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Howdy neighbor! :wave:
TFP will get you going! Read read read pool school and use the pool calculator.

You're getting great advice. You'll be sparkly in no time.
 

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