After this, I then checked at 1315:
pH 7.8. Added 17 oz MA. Turned up the pump from 1500 RPM to 2200 RPM to aid in mixing chemicals. Netted the top and bottom of some minor debris (i.e. leaves, pine needles) to also aid in chemical mixing. Rechecked sooner than your (Allen) recommended min. 1 hr. and checked at 1330 as I needed to leave quickly for an MD appt. When checked, found pH at 7.2. No more chemicals added.
I was informed the Burkett's pool tech would be coming sometime shortly after 1500. That threw a wrench in things b/c I knew I would not be home to meet with him and to keep him from putting in any further chemicals until I got home so we could discuss the matter. Had my MD appt. Left at 1500. Rushed home. Home at 1530. Saw pool tech walking back to his truck w/ his rubber gloves on, 5 gal bucket, and gal of MA. Thought great, how much MA did he add. He informed me when he tested he got pH 7.8, TA 70, CH 80 (I don't know what the heck he was using to come up w/ these numbers. In fact pretty shocked they were quite off from my results via my TF 100, Speedstir, and K-1000 Test Kit). If I recall correctly, he told me he added about 1 qt. of MA, I can't remember how much CA, and a metal sequestrant. Sidenote, over the summer I had my tap water tested for metals at my local pool shop and it showed zero. But, when I removed the socks that were on the end of the fill hoses, they were slightly brown. I asked him if he at least broadcast the CA and he stated that is what he always does. Hearing that, I went to the back and started brushing the pool promptly, which was probably the 4th time of brushing it today (Day 1).
Let things settle, did some other things, and tested again w/ these results:
temp = 61 degrees
Per Pool Math, using 19000 gal, FC 0.5, CYA 0, Salt 0, Borate 0, my CSI is -0.81. Looks like this tech threw me to the other end of the CSI spectrum. Now I am sweating that I think things are too corrosive.
TFP'ers, please chime in. Should I run out to Walmart, HD, Lowes, or Target and pickup some borax? I don't have enough on hand to counter this. And raising my TA to the top of the recommended range for Day 1-6 per the Wet Edge 28 Day Start Up instructions (TA 80-100) doesn't change my CSI enough. In order to significantly change it to get just within the balanced water range, I can keep my TA at 80 and raise my pH to 7.5. Thoughts? Opinions?
Well, at 2000 decided to check pH. May be 7.2. Hard to say because nighttime and using artificial light, but used 7.2 as my basis. As I didn’t want to be in the corrosive to plaster CSI side too long, decided to broadcast 45 oz by volume of Borax to deep end. Brushed entire pool again. Minimal to no dust. That’s exactly what I hoped to see ASAP as I paid premium for the Wet Edge Satin Matrix vs. white plaster (and it’s Day 1). This should at least bring my CSI from -0.61 closer to -0.31, which is more acceptable.
I will ease your mind by saying it takes many days of off balanced water to cause big problems. What you did was the correct way to fix your levels. It was also the fast way. You could have turned on the water features or rolled the returns up to roll the water to push the pH up.
Now lets talk pH and TA. They go hand in hand most of the time. After your plaster cures all of the way it will stop pushing the pH up as fast. At that time you will work to find the sweet spot for your TA and pH. Each pool and area is very different so it will take some testing and monitoring. Once you find it you will know. The pH will be stable for a while (2 or so weeks) when you find the TA your pool likes. BUT that will not happen as easy during this time due to the new plaster curing.
Results Day 2 @ 1030:
11.30.18 1030 pH 7.5, CH 175-200, TA 90, FC <0.5, CC 0, temp=58
Given these results, my CSI this AM is -0.34. I gave a range of CH because it’s difficult to differentiate. But, if I use CH 175 in Pool Math I get that aforementioned CSI. Do you think I should bring up my TA to 100 and CH to a solid 200 in order to drop my CSI to -0.25?
Never did add my Wall Whale in my signature line when I got it years back (updated now). Switched out the brush heads now... wow, what a difference! This is brushing on steroids. I forgot what it was like with a brand new brush, the Wall Whale, and the Wall Whale setting in the middle so you that you get a very good, forceful scrub action. It’s great because it’s a twofer: pool brushing, and core work out.
However, I wouldn’t trade Ghostlight, my Maytronics S200, for anything. I derive much more joy and a better work out drinking a beer and watching Ghostlight work.
Well the first time I threw in the S200, it was at night. All was black, pool light was off, no moon, and the boys kept saying Ghostlight, Ghostlight! That was when we were in a Disney Cars craze. Ghostlight is from Mater’s Tall Tales. Tx for asking!
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Here are this AM’s results in the requested format:
Results 11.30.18 Day 2 @ 1030:
Your pool water is just fine for Day 2. Just check PH daily and adjust as needed. Your TA may drop with the constant addition of MA. Don't over react to it. Your CH should stay the same as long as you don't add any water.
Day 3 @ 1645:
FC: didn’t test
CC: didn’t test
TA: didn’t test
CH: didn’t test
CYA: didn’t test
h2o temp: didn’t test
Added 4 oz MA. Brushed.
Clarity of water are is looking great Kim. Extremely minimal dust. Turned on the pool light as the sun was setting. Looked in front of the light and only observed very minimal dust, if at all.
The biggest thing that’s going on right now is I’m noticing differences with my flow rate now vs before the remodel. Still trying to investigate.
To allude, previously the lowest flowrate I was able to get on my VSP was 860 rpm’s. I would run that at night. At that RPMs I could still get 15 GPM flow rate and I could feel flow from every return. However, I tried 860 RPMs last night. I barely feel any flow at the return eyeballs. Some don’t even have any. I looked at my FlowVis flow meter and it barely showed a rate. I’m really confused as what could be going on.
I have speculated the following:
1) could it be a suction side air leak (as I do see bubbles coming from some of the returns)
2) flow actually making it past my diverter trying to get to up to the solar
3) new return eyeballs that have a bigger diameter opening
4) the presence of dust/debris in my filter cartridges (don’t see how this could be possible since I had thoroughly rinsed my cartridges just before the remodel: my pressure gauge shows less pressure at 3000 RPM‘s than before the remodel).
Had the plasterer director out this AM. Stated with regards to the one small patch area in the deep end at tile line as well as the transition that has some concave areas at the left side of the last step, he will send out his Primer Stone polisher tech to address those two areas. He does not feel that theses areas warrant patches as that is not the better approach.
The Burkett’s Start Up instructions state to add chlorine and CYA today, Day 5. Wet Edge’s Start Up instructions state to add chlorine Day 7. Which do you think I should follow? I’m not sure if I should or want to wait 2 more days to add chlorine.