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    I'm new! I don't know what to do!

    Hi there everybody. My name is Curtis and I am new to the forum. I saw that it was recommended to introduce myself so here we go. I bought a 30-year-old house 3 years ago that has a pool that was supposedly built in 2006. At the time, I knew nothing about how to maintain a pool but I'm a quick learner. Also, I have a solid understanding of general water chemistry because of my line of work. I hired a "pool professional" for the first summer after we moved in so that I could observe and learn. After being pretty unsatisfied with the services provided, I decided it was time for me to take the reigns. There was a learning curve for sure but I eventually got a handle on it after making several mistakes and having to drain the pool once. However, I'm a big fan of the saying "The more you know, the more you realize you don't know" so I am here to continue learning what I haven't already. And I am still trying to figure out how edit my signature.

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    Re: I'm new! I don't know what to do!

    Welcome to TFP! I saw your other post and suppose your background has taught you about THM's and CC. Enjoy the forum.
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    Re: I'm new! I don't know what to do!

    Welcome! The knowledge, support and willingness to help here go way above and beyond! Your pool will be spectacular.
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    Re: I'm new! I don't know what to do!

    Another Texas joins the ranks! Welcome. As you poke-around the site, you may find everything you need. Just in case, here's a couple common links to keep handy:
    Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry
    Pool School - Chlorine / CYA Chart
    Poolmath calculator
    Pool School - Recommended Levels
    Pool School - Recommended Pool Chemicals

    And you can add your pool info to your signature by going to the top of the TFP web page (just under the Pool School button) and select "SETTINGS". On the next page look to the left for a menu bar that says, “MY SETTINGS” and go to "EDIT SIGNATURE" to enter your pool and equipment info there. It will help us later.

    If you ever have any questions, just shout at us. Have a nice weekend.
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    Re: I'm new! I don't know what to do!

    I finally figured out the signature thing. Thanks for the warm welcome!
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    Re: I'm new! I don't know what to do!

    getting your information to show up in the signature line will be the hardest part of taking care of your pool...
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    Re: I'm new! I don't know what to do!

    HI there! Nice to meet you! So glad to see you are reading and learning already!

    You say in your siggy you cannot "afford ozone" Wellllllllll you do NOT want ozone! It is not a good thing. The TFP way is MUCH better. I will let you search for find some threads about it. Look of Chem Geek's (we LOVE Chem Geek) post about it.

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    Re: I'm new! I don't know what to do!

    Don't worry that you don't have the ozone. For an outdoor residential pool it would have been a waste of money.
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    Re: I'm new! I don't know what to do!

    wjr75, you are right about the waste of money! I use ozone at work a lot to sanitize water and it's so easy.
    Curtis- 20k gallon IG gunnite/plaster with hot tub/waterfall and "grotto"
    All Jandy equipment: 60sqft DE filter - 399k btu natural gas heater - Stealth pumps - iAquaLink RS8.
    Polaris 9400 on patrol.
    TF-100 in da house/TFP method in effect: FC=4-6, pH=7.5, TA=80, CH=250, CYA=50, Borate=50, CSI=-0.21

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    Re: I'm new! I don't know what to do!

    Quote Originally Posted by wjr75 View Post
    Don't worry that you don't have the ozone. For an outdoor residential pool it would have been a waste of money.
    I was about to write that, but then saw he also has a spa, and the ozonator could be useful for that. But for the cost, you can maintain just fine without it.
    10,500 gal IG, Topaz Pebble, auto-level
    Hayward DE filter, 2HP Ecostar VSP, ProLogic PS-4, GVA actuators
    Cal Pools Wave Force Plus (wall return jets plus 2 floor pop-ups), Venturi Skimmer
    Water sheer, 2 wok pots, bubbler stem on the baja step
    ColorLogic Mutlicolor LED lamp. Taylor 2006+speed stir

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