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    Mar 2016
    Winston Salem


    I am going into my second season as a pool owner, but I don't think I did a very good job last year, so I wanthought to do better this year. I am looking forward to all the things I can learn here.
    18 x 48 intex metal frame circular above ground

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    Mod Squad jblizzle's Avatar
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    May 2010
    Tucson, AZ

    Re: Newbie

    Welcome to TFP!
    Jason, TFP Moderator
    18k IG pebblesheen pool, Hayward ProLogic P4 w/ T-15 SWG, Pentair 1HP 2-speed Superflo, Hayward 6020 DE filter
    500 sqft Heliocol solar panels, ThePoolCleaner, TF-100 test kit w/ SpeedStir
    Pool School + Test Kit + PoolMath = A TROUBLE FREE POOL
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    Jan 2010
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: Newbie


    The single best thing you can do for yourself to get your pool clear and have it stay that way all summer long is to get a proper test kit. There's a nice article in pool school or you can just skip it and go to and get a TF100. If your pool is green, spring for the XL option now. You're so close, you'll probably have the kit before the weekend.

    The second best thing you can do is spend some time in Pool School. It will probably answer questions you didn't even know to ask! Must-reads are ABCs, How to Chlorinate, Recommended Pool Chemicals, and Pool Math.

    There's a steep learning curve and then suddenly a light bulb will go off and it becomes super easy. A couple minutes a day testing and dosing, maybe an hour or so brushing and vacuuming, and that'll be it. You'll have a pool that's so clear you can toss a quarter in the deep end and call heads or tails, it won't smell, it won't burn your eyes or dry your skin, your neighbors will be envious, and you and your family will become pool snobs and refuse to jump in lesser pools. And it doesn't cost a lot! I probably spend about a buck a day on chemicals. Your pool is much smaller, so you'll likely spend less.
    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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    Mod Squad Texas Splash's Avatar
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    Jun 2014
    South-Central Texas, Marion/San Antonio

    Re: Newbie

    Welcome to TFP!
    Pat (a.k.a. Texas Splash) ~ My Pool: Viking Fiberglass; 17,888 Gal; Waterway Supreme 2-sp/2-hp pump; Hayward Ctg filter; TF-100 w/ Speed Stir
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    Casey's Avatar
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    Apr 2007
    SW PA

    Re: Newbie

    Welcome. Pool School is fabulous. You can drink n smoke if you wish... as long as you retain the info.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

    24' Sharkline Venture De Filter

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