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    New memeber, 1st time pool owner

    Hi all! I'm Joe and I am so glad to have found this site! I have zero experience with pools and I am looking forward to getting my TFP degree.

    I've had my pool since Sept 2014 and have depended on the guys at the local store to tell me what to do and when to it. No problems until last month when I've had 2 green pools in one month. I decided I was tired of running to the pool store every time I needed to know the health of my pool. I wanted to do my own testing so by stalking this site I find myself the proud owner of a brand spanking new TF 100 test kit and Taylor SpeedStir.

    Thanks in advance for all the advice I'm sure I'll be asking for.
    21K gallon In ground saltwater, vinyl liner, Built 09/14, Jandy sand filter, Jandy FloPro pump, Jandy Salt chorinator, Polaris
    Hot Springs Relay hot tub, 360 gallons

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    Re: New memeber, 1st time pool owner

    JOE! You are wonderful! You found TFP AND ordered the best test kit there is!

    NOW where are our test results and pics of that pretty pool???????????

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    Re: New memeber, 1st time pool owner

    Sweet! Welcome to TFP! Great first post!
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    Welcome to TFP and hats off to you for promptly getting one of the recommended test kits. It will put you way ahead of the curve.
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    Re: New memeber, 1st time pool owner

    Welcome!

    I'm afraid you're going to find pool care pretty boring once you get things dialed in. You're going to miss the excitement of Wheel of Costs a Fortune.

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    Re: New memeber, 1st time pool owner

    Quote Originally Posted by joemc View Post
    Hi all! I'm Joe and I am so glad to have found this site! I have zero experience with pools and I am looking forward to getting my TFP degree.

    I've had my pool since Sept 2014 and have depended on the guys at the local store to tell me what to do and when to it. No problems until last month when I've had 2 green pools in one month. I decided I was tired of running to the pool store every time I needed to know the health of my pool. I wanted to do my own testing so by stalking this site I find myself the proud owner of a brand spanking new TF 100 test kit and Taylor SpeedStir.

    Thanks in advance for all the advice I'm sure I'll be asking for.
    No worries! We are here to help, so CONGRATS on making such a solid, and quick decision. Didn't take you long to get tired of the run around. Good to have you aboard!
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    Re: New memeber, 1st time pool owner

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Welcome!

    I'm afraid you're going to find pool care pretty boring once you get things dialed in. You're going to miss the excitement of Wheel of Costs a Fortune.

    You'll find me bored and in the pool!
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    Re: New memeber, 1st time pool owner

    First real test
    Temp- 80
    FC- 4.5
    TA- 100
    CYA- 40
    PH- 7.5
    Salt- 3620

    Gonna run the numbers thru Pool Math
    21K gallon In ground saltwater, vinyl liner, Built 09/14, Jandy sand filter, Jandy FloPro pump, Jandy Salt chorinator, Polaris
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    Re: New memeber, 1st time pool owner

    Pretty good numbers! Nice having control isn't it? Since you appear to have an SWG, I assume you'll be increasing your CYA to the recommended level of 70-80? After that, simply dialing-in your SWG to keep a healthy target of 5-6 (maybe even a hair higher if you get a lot of sun) to keep that water crystal clear. Enjoy your swimming season!
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    Re: New memeber, 1st time pool owner

    Adding stabilizer to increase the CYA but unfortunately the CYA test seems to be the trickiest one to get an accurate reading.
    Never really considered the relationship between run time and output settings of the SWG until I read the article in Pool School. And it makes perfect sense. That may take a few weeks to find that sweet spot but will be well worth it.
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    Re: New memeber, 1st time pool owner

    Yep, it takes a little time to get it all figured out and dialed in.

    Here is the The Water Balance for SWG pool.

    And once you have your pool figured out here is how to maintain your hot tub.
    How do I use Chlorine in my Spa (or pool)?
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