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High alkalinity and calcium levels are much trickier to resolve than the pool books indicate

  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Lime Softening to Reduce Excess Hardness - Bucket Test & Treatment Process

    Doing a "Bucket Test" for Lime Softening In a perfect world, you'd always know everything you need to know about your pool. And, you'd know when...

    Started by PoolDoc‎, 06-19-2012 04:26 PM
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  2. Exclamation Sticky Thread Sticky: Alkalinity HOWTO & FAQ

    HOWTO: Step-by-Step Guide to lowering your alkalinity The HOW-TO has moved here: lowering-swimming-pool-alkalinity-step-by-step.html FAQ:...

    Started by PoolDoc‎, 03-29-2006 10:50 AM
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    06-05-2006 01:53 PM Go to last post
  1. Increased Ph 8.0? Should I decrease and if so, how?

    Pool looks good but numbers are so so. Cl is 4-6 cya 80 ph has been 8.0. Should I decrease it and if so how? I use the Taylor test kit. It's great....

    Started by cdingess‎, 06-16-2016 03:47 PM
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  2. Question about CH Test Coloration

    When using my Taylor test kit to test my CH the instructions say if CH is present the water will turn red. My water does not turn "red" it turns a...

    Started by jmarcum‎, 07-31-2015 05:18 PM
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    08-02-2015 02:34 PM Go to last post
  3. How much Calcium it too much?

    Since a Vinyl lined pool does not need calcium, how much is too much and what kind of problems can it cause?

    Started by LearningCurve‎, 05-12-2015 04:36 PM
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    05-30-2015 07:12 PM Go to last post
  4. Calcium Source and others...

    Is a calcium blend ( with cacl2, nacl, kcl, mgcl2) such as many brands sold online okay to use for increasing calcium hardness? How do you know...

    Started by Redwolf‎, 06-22-2013 04:13 PM
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    05-12-2015 03:31 PM Go to last post
  5. Any info on Scotwood Industries Road Runner Ice Melt for Calcium Chloride?

    I need to add around 85 lbs. of Calcium Chloride to my pool (need to raise the Calcium Hardness). Last year I filled from empty (40k gallons) and...

    Started by Mm_putnam‎, 05-11-2015 02:24 PM
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    05-11-2015 03:41 PM Go to last post
  6. Strange issue with Alkalinity and pH

    I have a in ground pool, ~13,000 gallons, about 10 years old with pebble tech finish. It has a spa that spills into the main pool. I've always kept...

    Started by Charlie‎, 02-08-2015 03:32 PM
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    02-21-2015 04:05 PM Go to last post
  7. Thumbs up Tile Cleaning Service Review (Phoenix/Tucson, AZ Area)

    Note To Mods: I am in no way trying to sell a product or service by posting this thread. As well, I have no personal or financial connection to the...

    Started by SunnyOptimism‎, 10-12-2014 12:21 AM
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  8. Hottub High TA

    Just checked the water in our hottub and the ph is above 8 and TA is higher than 300! At only 300 gallons, I am thinking that a water change is...

    Started by Tom.B‎, 09-14-2014 10:18 AM
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    09-14-2014 11:03 PM Go to last post
  9. low alkalinity

    Ok...so I have a 2500 splash pad (slide, water features). For the last couple weeks I can't keep my alkalinity up. I am continually adding alkalinity...

    Started by angiedubberke‎, 08-19-2014 08:01 PM
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    08-20-2014 11:32 AM Go to last post
  10. One year Pool Owner and enjoying every minute of it.

    My pool is approximately 22,000 gallons with spa. It is salt water and uses Pentair equipment with four pumps. They are the filter pump, wet edge...

    Started by Spaceman‎, 07-14-2014 09:01 PM
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    07-17-2014 09:24 AM Go to last post
  11. Cannot Get Total Alkalinity to Go Down

    I'm new here. Hi to everyone and Thanks for having me as a member. This is the 1st time I have ever had a problem with Alkalinity being too high....

    Started by Dino1956‎, 07-13-2014 01:47 PM
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    07-13-2014 08:18 PM Go to last post
  12. Post New to forum - high Alkalinity

    3rd year with my Intex 9x18 pool. I had been going to the pool store for help, with lousy results. Finally tried the BBB method instead, and low...

    Started by Casauribe‎, 07-06-2014 03:18 PM
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    07-12-2014 10:54 PM Go to last post
  13. Calcium turned pool like skim milk

    Hi, I have a 16 x 24 above ground pool; took water to pool store for testing and it was recommended to add calcium; I did so and now my pool is like...

    Started by Jacqueline‎, 07-05-2014 12:38 PM
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    07-06-2014 01:58 PM Go to last post
  14. cloudy darkish water

    Hope I'm posting in right place. Chlorine-6 TA-80 CH-300 Ph-7.6 Those are my chemical readings and I use the taylor kit to test , but my...

    Started by fhorta‎, 06-18-2014 10:23 PM
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  15. pool got cloudy after adding pH UP

    Hello and thank you for reading this. Yesterday my pool was crystal clear. I checked the water and I was low on pH (7 - 7.2) as well as low on...

    Started by Limoges_swimmer‎, 06-23-2014 07:48 PM
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    06-26-2014 02:09 PM Go to last post
  16. Calcium Hardness

    I was told I need to add 45lbs of hardness plus to my pool and 8 lbs of conditoner. We have only lived in this house for 2 years. Pool was already...

    Started by elliott4865‎, 06-20-2014 02:46 PM
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    06-24-2014 10:57 AM Go to last post
  17. Smile New Pool build

    I am retired and had a pool (gunite) and spa built this spring for my wife and I and we have been enjoying it immensely. It is a small freshwater...

    Started by Usilpool‎, 06-18-2014 02:40 PM
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    06-23-2014 09:08 AM Go to last post
  18. Alkalinity High and pH low

    Just joining the pool world. Starting with 16ft 48" above ground Intex before we go bigger. Having a tough time bringing the alkalinity down without...

    Started by BMomma‎, 06-16-2014 02:42 PM
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    06-17-2014 06:59 PM Go to last post
  19. Lowering alkalinity on the cheap

    I've been seeing a lot about how to substitute expensive pool store stuff with things like grass clippings and paper (j/k) but the one thing I do...

    Started by Whetstone613‎, 06-14-2014 09:05 PM
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    06-15-2014 11:05 AM Go to last post
  20. total alkalinity & ph questions

    Although several people have told me that these two are the same, from what I read online they are connected but in fact not a single issue. My TA is...

    Started by jimcopland‎, 06-11-2014 05:47 PM
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    06-14-2014 03:01 PM Go to last post

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