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    New Pool Owner in North Texas

    Just want to say thank you already to everyone who shares their knowledge and experience here! We just moved into a house with a pool and I've been reading all over this forum for weeks to educate myself on how to manage the pool. I've always wanted a pool but I've never taken care of one so this has been an amazing resource, I already feel ahead of the game with the knowledge I've gotten from you fine folks.

    When we moved in I found the prior homeowner had been using trichlor pucks and he left me about half a bucket of those, a bunch of cal-hypo, some muriatic acid, some phosfree, and an extra set of filter cartridges that look to be in decent shape. He also had a simple OTO test kit. I did find some Taylor DPD reagents around but not a test kit and I can't tell how old any of this stuff is. It's only been a couple of days and its so cold here right now (water is 54 degrees fahrenheit) that I'm not real worried about an algae bloom so I just left the trichlor floater in there for now until I can get around to purchasing some fresh bleach and acid later this week.

    It has a Legend II pressure side cleaner but it doesn't seem to pick up leaves or anything else very well . So I'll have to check into getting it working better. It looks pretty old. I have so many trees (post oak and pine) around the pool that I'm thinking I need to just go ahead and invest in a leaf vaccum and a good manual vacuum and leaf canister because I can see a potential for lots of leaves, acorns, pine needles, and twigs getting in.

    I estimate the pool at maybe 18K gallons but its a freeform with a deep end so that's just a guess and I'm hoping I'll be able to get a better feel for its volume once I start in with bleach and getting real test numbers. I purchased a proper test kit, a Taylor K2006, but I haven't gotten it in the mail yet. On a whim I got some test strips and between those and the OTO tester I could see that there was at least 5-10 ppm chlorine but pH was around 8 when I moved in, so I added some acid yesterday and got that back down in range and will test again when I get home. The test strips also showed that CYA was high at least 150 and since I found all that trichlor around I'm expecting it will test high once I get the Taylor kit and am able to do a proper test of the water. Even though CYA is high and according to poolmath I need at least 11ppm chlorine at that level, since it's so cold right now I'm not too concerned and will take corrective action once I get my Taylor testing kit.

    There's a lot of other upgrading I need to to. The heater doesn't work so I've got to budget for a new one before next winter hits. The equipment pad is a mess too. The equipment just sits on the bare dirt and besides being bad for the equipment it just looks bad and isn't convenient to service. So at some point I'll be constructing a new pad and organizing it better, probably at the same time I install the new heater.

    Anyway, thanks again...I'd feel lost without this site and the knowledge on here, but with it I'm confident I can keep this pool clean and clear very easily.
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    18K gal, gunite, Pentair Clean & Clear Plus 520 sq. ft. cartridge filter, Pac Fab (i.e. Pentair) Challenger CHII-N1-1 1/2A 1.5 hp pump, Pentair Minimax NT heater (not functional right now), Pentair Letro Legend II pressure side cleaner

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    Re: New Pool Owner in North Texas

    Beautiful setting and Pool!

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    If I may make a friendly suggestion, you might want a shorter post with a couple of your most pressing questions in another forum to get you going. There will be plenty of folks who want to jump in and help.
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    Re: New Pool Owner in North Texas

    Welcome to TFP! Nice pool! Congrats!

    Sounds like you've been doing some reading and are on the right track.

    I don't see a spa so I guess they are using the heater to heat the pool. It is pretty expensive to heat a pool with gas, you might want to look into getting a heat pump instead. Or we use solar panels. Pics in my build thread, link in sig.

    We also have LOTS of trees and debris. Look at getting a variable speed pump if you buy new one. We have a Pentair Intelliflo variable speed pump that we run at low RPM 24x7 during spring and fall. At 1100 rpm it only uses 150 watts of electricity which is about 12 bucks a month. Running the pump 24x7 keeps leaves and debris in the skimmers and off the bottom.

    I'm surprised Patrick didn't suggest getting a robot to replace your pressure side cleaner. He is a "robot guy". Lots of people are happy with their robots. I'm still getting by on my pressure cleaner. But, with most of the stuff getting skimmed it doesn't have to work too hard.

    When it comes time to buy new cartridges check out Pleatcos. I got mine on Amazon. They are great, last longer, easier to clean, clog less, more flow. All around better than OEM Pentair cartridges.
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    Re: New Pool Owner in North Texas

    Welcome!
    Do you have a net that looks like a butterfly net (kinda) that fits on the end of a long pole? It will pick up leaves, acorns, worms, and other big stuff off the bottom of the pool.

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    Re: New Pool Owner in North Texas

    Well hello there! You sure HAVE been reading if you already got a good test kit on the way! NICE JOB!

    Let us know when your test kit gets here!

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    Re: New Pool Owner in North Texas

    can't aggiemoose use an oval pool volume calculation to get a rough estimate for his pool?

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    Re: New Pool Owner in North Texas

    Quote Originally Posted by Marcion333 View Post
    can't aggiemoose use an oval pool volume calculation to get a rough estimate for his pool?
    You know what?? I bet he could! I went back and looked at the pool with that in mind and with the bump in and out it is almost an oval. Good idea.

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    Re: New Pool Owner in North Texas

    Is it Pentair that had a pool volume calculator where you pick the shape of your pool?
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    Re: New Pool Owner in North Texas

    Welcome to TFP! The folks here are great (as you are discovering)! Your pool and yard are beautiful! I have nothing to add as we are just beginning our build. The experts here will help you and folks like me will learn from their advice to you
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    Re: New Pool Owner in North Texas

    aggiemoose, try this oblong pool volume calculation site:

    Pool Volume Calculator | PENTAIR

    i hope it helps

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    Re: New Pool Owner in North Texas

    Thanks for all the suggestions! I will definitely be using this forum as a resource for sure. Murphy's Law, we moved in five days ago, and my pool pump motor seized up this morning LOL! I'll be starting a new thread shortly on that to get some help with that.
    18K gal, gunite, Pentair Clean & Clear Plus 520 sq. ft. cartridge filter, Pac Fab (i.e. Pentair) Challenger CHII-N1-1 1/2A 1.5 hp pump, Pentair Minimax NT heater (not functional right now), Pentair Letro Legend II pressure side cleaner

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    Re: New Pool Owner in North Texas

    OH NO! At least you know where to come to find answers!

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