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Thread: Introduction

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    Join Date
    Jul 2015
    Broken Arrow, OK


    Hi! I'm Jess99. I've had our pool for 12 years. Never had any trouble maintaining it until last year, but got it under control pretty quickly with
    the help of Leslie Pool at the cost of an arm and a leg. I am now having trouble with algae and am having a problem getting it under control.
    I've already learned a lot by reading posts on internet. I am curious what you are calling a slam and how to do it.
    I have a 15x35' preformed plaster in ground pool. Hayward sand filter. Approximately 24,000 gal water.

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    Richard320's Avatar
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    Jan 2010
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: Introduction


    SLAM means Shock Level And Maintain. The pool store shock is usually a one-time mega-dose of chlorine that might do something, but it's not a permanent solution. Our method is sustained for several days and when it's done right and you maintain adequate chlorine levels, it might be the very last time.

    Remember, it's a battle to the death. You don't just knock the algae down and call it a win. The algae will get back up. No, you knock it down and kick it again and again and again so it can't get back up and eventually it dies.

    The detailed instructions are here: Pool School - SLAM - Shock Level And Maintain

    Other people who have done it successfully and usually have pictures to prove it are listed in this thread. Most recent is last: Recovering my old inspirational links - Page 2
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    BoDarville's Avatar
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    Jun 2012
    DFW, Texas

    Re: Introduction

    Richard covered the SLAM, so nothing to add but a warm welcome to TFP!
    Gold Supporter, TFP Lifetime Supporter, 26,680 gal Plaster IGP 3.5 - 10' depth / Attached Waterfall Spa, Manually Chlorinated, Triton Sand Filter, 1.5 HP * 1.1 SF = 1.65 SFHP 1-speed Pentair WhisperFlo WF-26 Pump, 400K BTU NG Teledyne Laars Series One Heater, Polaris 360, Test Kit Comparison, Chlorine/CYA Chart, SLAMing Your Pool, OCLT
    A good test kit is an investment, not an expense.

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