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    Newb

    Hello y'all. My fiance and I just bought our first house. We weren't necessarily looking for a house with a pool, but this one just so happened to have one. Added bonus! At least we think so so far. Neither of us ever had a pool before so I'm coming here to read up and edumucate myself on pool maintenance. All we know so far is that it is approximately 15x30, had a new liner installed in 2012, and was converted to salt in 2012. It has an Intellichlor generator. We have a pool guy coming tomorrow to get us started getting it clean again and give a little "crash course" while he's here on maintenance. We're in Charleston, SC...James Island for those familiar with the area.

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    Re: Newb

    Hi Andy, and welcome to TFP! Maybe it's good you have no previous experience. That means no previous bad habits. Spend some time on our Pool School page and you'll be on the road to success. Also, make sure you have the right test kit (TF-100 or Taylor K-2006). Except NO substitutes. Water balancing starts with the right test kit. Have a great day!
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    Re: Newb

    Welcome neighbor! I'll PM you to ask a few pertinent questions.
    5900 G Fiberglass IG pool (circa 1990), SWG Hayward Aqua Rite GoldLine (2013), IntelliFlo Variable Speed Pump (2013), Hayward Pro Sand Filter (circa 1990), Well water (no iron or other metals fortunately), test with Taylor K2006C, Charleston, SC

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    Re: Newb

    Welcome to TFP and congrats on the new pool!
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    Re: Newb

    "Crash" courses are designed mostly to do exactly just that. CRASH! Spend a little time in Pool School and ask our nearly 100k members any particular questions you might have. One of our recommended test kits will keep you mostly out of trouble if you do your part. Welcome to the fun!
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    Re: Newb

    Welcome to TFP!

    And I agree, you'll learn more here than the pool guy will ever have time to teach you. Try to get all you can from him on the operation and function of the equipment.
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    Re: Newb

    Thanks for the welcomes. I've updated my signature with what I know as of now. Back to pool school for a while and to figure out which test kit I want.
    IG 16'x32' approx. 15,000 gal., vinyl liner last replaced in 2012, built in ???, Intellichlor SWG, Sand Dollar sand filter, old rusty looking GE pump, standard TF-100 test kit

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    Re: Newb

    Here are a couple of pages that will help you right away.

    Pool School - Test Kits Compared
    I use the TF100 from TFTestkits.net. It has helped me keep my pool clear for 4 years. Get the XL version if your water is cloudy or green.

    Since you have saltwater, here is my favorite saltwater summary page, Pool School - Water Balance for SWGs
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    Re: Newb

    Welcome to TFP! We were all once new at this.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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