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    Long time swimmer, first time pool owner

    Hello,

    Bought a house in Dallas in August, first time owning a pool. Hired a guy to maintain the pool, but I don't think he's done a very good job (I end up cleaning the pool weekly it seems, and his concept of pool chemicals is to drop a floater in with lots of chlorine). So, I've decided to take over maintaining the pool myself. Ordering a TF100 test kit. Been perusing through the site for a couple weeks, and am finally ready to make the move of maintaining the pool myself.

    Cheers,

    Gonzo
    Long time swimmer, first time pool owner
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    Re: Long time swimmer, first time pool owner

    HI! I am so glad to see you! WONDERFUL on getting the good test kit! You are going to LOVE how your pool looks with your own test kit AND your wallet will be very happy to have more money in it!

    Tell me the story about your user name! It is cute!

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    Re: Long time swimmer, first time pool owner

    Cool, post your results when you get the kit and I am sure you will get a ton of suggestions on the steps to take. Even if you think you have the process down it can be a good double check on your learning to have others chime in. Good luck.
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    Re: Long time swimmer, first time pool owner

    Thanks for the welcome.

    Name is a combination of my nickname (Gonzo), and I served in the Marines, who are also called Devil Dogs.

    I'm definitely going to need a lot of help. I can only imagine how crazy my readings will be. I don't think the person I've been using has done a single reading, and has done it all based on "feel". When we bought the house, the pool was bright green, and he did a good job of turning. So, he was helpful, but he never backwashed, until I asked about the 30+psi on the pump, and I swear he wouldn't empty all the baskets each week. I basically have rebuilt my polaris 280. Now, i need to solve an electrical issue with the booster pump. Fun stuff. With summer right around the corner, and it being the first summer we have had a pool, I'm excited about it being a sparkling clean one that my whole family can enjoy.
    Long time swimmer, first time pool owner
    Odd shaped, 30,000 gals, plaster
    Hayward DE 6020
    Pentair WF-26 1.5 HP
    TF-100 Testkit

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    Re: Long time swimmer, first time pool owner

    You picked a good time to be proactive and take charge of your pool. Hope we can help you in the future. By the way .... thanks for your service brother.
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    Re: Long time swimmer, first time pool owner

    Welcome!

    It'll all be dull and routine in a month or so.
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    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.
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    Re: Long time swimmer, first time pool owner

    Quote Originally Posted by gonzodog View Post
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    Name is a combination of my nickname (Gonzo), and I served in the Marines, who are also called Devil Dogs.
    Thank you for your service.....Sorry I called you "cute" Can't mess up your image!

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    Re: Long time swimmer, first time pool owner

    Welcome to TFP! Sounds like a great plan!
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    Re: Long time swimmer, first time pool owner

    Welcome. You're off to a great start with the test kit. Pool School is full of info that will guide you to a trouble free pool. We're here for all your questions!
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