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Old 05-20-2020, 08:27 PM   #51
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I had same issue last week so I pulled out the test bottles and did that and come to find out the chlorine portion of test strip was a bad read.

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Old 05-20-2020, 09:09 PM   #52
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Bicarb raises the pH and the alkalinity
Dang...had it backwards... Add acid to decrease.

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Old 05-20-2020, 10:10 PM   #53
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Throw the strips away and get a Taylor K2006 test kit.
Donít go to Leslies, theyíll just make money off you chasing your tail.
Go to troublefreepool.com and read up/ask questions.
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Old 05-21-2020, 08:25 AM   #54
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I couldn't post anything last night, my phone won't let me for some reason.

If the PH is high, we added some soda ash last night to see if that would help fix the problem. We've vacuumed so much that I'm pretty sure we've nearly replaced the water in the pool. It's a 13000 gallon pool.

My wife is going to vacuum some more today and check the chemicals. We'll see what happens.
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:00 AM   #55
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Sunlight also eats up chlorine. Do you use an auto chlorinator? May want to try testing early in the morning. You may need to add chlorine stabilizer too.
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:14 AM   #56
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Get water tested at pool store and then post results here. You are just guessing otherwise
Ph is raised with soda ash and lowered with acid. Get a water sample tested and we can tell you what to do. Good luck
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:20 AM   #57
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I couldn't post anything last night, my phone won't let me for some reason.

If the PH is high, we added some soda ash last night to see if that would help fix the problem. We've vacuumed so much that I'm pretty sure we've nearly replaced the water in the pool. It's a 13000 gallon pool.

My wife is going to vacuum some more today and check the chemicals. We'll see what happens.
If the PH is high and you added soda ash this will make the PH even higher.
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:44 AM   #58
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Get water tested at pool store and then post results here. You are just guessing otherwise
Ph is raised with soda ash and lowered with acid. Get a water sample tested and we can tell you what to do. Good luck
Pool stores are useless for defining a problem and fixing it the first time.
Buy a real test kit and test it. It takes a 3rd grade education to do your own tests and put in the proper chemicals, once you know what each on does. I use (when needed):
Liquid chlorine (in the summer, about .3gal a day when CYA is ~60ppm)
Muriatic acid (~.25gal every other day in the summer)
Borax (very rarely)
Baking soda (very rarely)
Thatís all it takes for 99% of pool chemicals. Iíve had my pool 1.5 years and have used borax once, baking soda twice, and no other chemicals not listed above. Read these 2 links of you want to know how to do your pool chemicals properly, what each do and what not to use/do.
https://www.troublefreepool.com/blog/pool-school/
https://www.troublefreepool.com/blog...ter-chemistry/
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:45 AM   #59
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Get water tested at pool store and then post results here. You are just guessing otherwise
Ph is raised with soda ash and lowered with acid. Get a water sample tested and we can tell you what to do. Good luck
It takes me 45 minutes to get the water to the test site. They tell me it's not a very reliable test since it takes so long to get the water to them.
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Old 05-21-2020, 09:47 AM   #60
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If the PH is high and you added soda ash this will make the PH even higher.
The soda ash must have worked a little because my wife just stuck a test strip in and it changed color a little. I'm thinking she should add some more soda ash.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:25 AM   #61
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Sand or cartage filter? Do you vacuum In backwash mode? Sounds like you might be checking the levels to often and adding chemicals before the pump has time to circulate what you added. Chunk the test strips in the trash
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:31 AM   #62
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Sand or cartage filter? Do you vacuum In backwash mode? Sounds like you might be checking the levels to often and adding chemicals before the pump has time to circulate what you added. Chunk the test strips in the trash
It's a sand filter and we vacuum in waste mode I believe.
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Old 05-21-2020, 01:25 PM   #63
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It's a sand filter and we vacuum in waste mode I believe.
You are taking water out of the pool and refilling everytime? That is where your chlorine is going.
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Old 05-21-2020, 02:11 PM   #64
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The soda ash must have worked a little because my wife just stuck a test strip in and it changed color a little. I'm thinking she should add some more soda ash.
You ask for advise and many on here have given great advise. You have yet to use any ofnthat advise and are still shooting in the dark. Get a real test kit and be done with it.
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Old 05-21-2020, 02:31 PM   #65
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Cyanuric acid

Yep I think that is the problem.
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Old 05-21-2020, 03:00 PM   #66
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I figured way to much stabilizer... Chlorine is there but locked
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Old 05-21-2020, 03:19 PM   #67
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You ask for advise and many on here have given great advise. You have yet to use any ofnthat advise and are still shooting in the dark. Get a real test kit and be done with it.
One of those suggestions was to add soda. Or did you miss that? I've got the test kit.
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Old 05-21-2020, 08:57 PM   #68
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One of those suggestions was to add soda. Or did you miss that? I've got the test kit.
My point was until you have the results from a good test kit you were shooting in the dark.
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Old 05-21-2020, 10:39 PM   #69
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One of those suggestions was to add soda. Or did you miss that? I've got the test kit.
Which test kit?
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Old 05-22-2020, 11:49 AM   #70
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One of those suggestions was to add soda. Or did you miss that? I've got the test kit.
Some people on here are giving good advise, others are just taking shots in the dark giving suggestions.

Give us the results of your PH, Free Chlorine, Total Chlorine, and CYA. Once you give specific numbers for those we can tell you exactly what to do. Throw the test strips away and get an actual test kit.
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Old 05-22-2020, 12:18 PM   #71
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Which test kit?
Any one that uses drops.

Though, I have cleaned hundreds of pools hundreds of times and never had a problem with the strips.
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Old 05-22-2020, 02:30 PM   #72
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Get a Taylor. You need to know cyanuric acid test for sure. Otherwise you are pizzing in the wind
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Old 05-22-2020, 02:45 PM   #73
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You can order a Taylor 2005 test kit from a number of different places. That really is your best bet. LFD recommended the 2006 in an earlier post and it would do just as well. It's more precise and accurate on the chlorine test, but your typical home owner doesn't need that.
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Old 05-22-2020, 06:06 PM   #74
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Just got out of my pool. Felt great. Hope the OP got his water tested and corrected by now.
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Old 05-22-2020, 09:14 PM   #75
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Pool is chlorine locked. What to do?.
Call a locksmith of course...........


Can't believe I beat Chew on this one.....lol
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