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    Pool School

    Hello Everyone, first post here. Before I start my myriad of questions.....=-).....If there a PDF version of pool school that can be printed out? Additionally are there any good record keeping apps and calculators for iOS devices?

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    J
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    Re: Pool School

    Welcome! A PDF is a good idea but I don't think it exists might be an idea for the suggestion box. Pool School links are well laid out and not hard to get through. almost all of what you will learn here around water chemistry requires reliable testing most have a kit form tftestkits.net, in Pool School there is a comparison chart of the recommended kits. As for apps I tried a few and found them all lacking, finally settled on a note book and bringing up PoolMath in a browser on my phone.
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    Re: Pool School

    You can just print out information as needed, there is no PDF document of all the info. Many folks like to print out the FC/CYA chart and Recommended Levels tables and paste them into a notebook...which brings me to the second question.....

    Honestly, there is no one great iOS or Android app out there. There are quite a few but they all suffer from one defect or another - no history logging, wrong chemical recommendations, not enough chemical data, etc. Honestly speaking, I'm a huge techie guy and love my gadgets but I find a spiral bound paper notebook and pencil (or pen) works best. No need to boot up a computer and run Excel, or accidentally drop my phone in the pool (it has happened to people), etc. I just sit on my back porch table with my test kit, phone calculator and notebook and spend less than 30mins doing all the tests that are necessary. My notebook sits by the back door that leads out to the pool in a nice, decorative wall rack used for holding magazines, etc. "Old School", in this instance, really works just fine.
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    Re: Pool School

    Sounds good! Looking forward to doing this on my own. Pool was just finished in Nov and I started using a service because I was traveling in Dec. Starting in March I am going to take it over. Test kits have been ordered!
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    Careful with using the service guys. You'd be surprised how quickly and easily they can screw up a pool. Get your test kit now and start checking your water. Confirm with the service guy exactly what he plans on adding. Do not let them run your stabilizer (CYA) up too far or else your only way to fix it is to drain water and refill. For you CA folks, that can be an expensive proposition.


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    Re: Pool School

    With you being in CA and lack of water you REALLY need the test kit now. The only way to "fix" high CYA is draining and refilling water.

    Matt has the right idea......work with your pool service to manage your pool as much as possible until you are done with your travels.

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    Re: Pool School

    Quote Originally Posted by JoyfulNoise View Post
    Honestly, there is no one great iOS or Android app out there. There are quite a few but they all suffer from one defect or another - no history logging, wrong chemical recommendations, not enough chemical data, etc.
    Matt, have you tried Pool Pal? If so, what problems did you find with it.
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    Re: Pool School

    Android-only app would pose a huge problem for me as I'm an iOS user


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