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    Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    Yall will think I am green but I am over loaded with info. I have read so much it has been confusing. I am looking forward to some experienced help here. First, I need to know which kit is BEST for all testing. I will start there. I already know I need to drain my pool, slam it and start fresh. So, with that being said, which kit? I put my pool info in the profile but not sure it will show up lol.

    I have a standard test kit from Leslie's Pools. Chlorine, Bromine and PH tester.
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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    Draining may be unnecessary.

    The best kit dollar for dollar, is the TF-100 from TFTestkits.net It has all the tests you will need unless you have a SWG then you need to add the salt test.

    Post a few pics and let's see what we're working with.
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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    Thanks Bob! It has some Algae on the walls and a green tintish look in a swirl on the bottom of the pool, I cant get rid of that AT ALL. Pics wont show it, I tried already lol. Ok, I will order the kit right now!
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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    A SLaM is in your future. It will clear up any algae that we have come across.

    I would suggest you order the XL option of the kit. And add a speed stir, It makes the testing fun!


    Read the following pages while you wait for the kit to arrive:

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    Bob - Palm Beach by San Juan Pools. approx 5000 gals., Pentair 320 cartridge filter (all new guts installed by me), Goldline SWG, 'New to me' Kreepy Krauly Sand Shark, Intermec 104 Timer Test kit: TF-100 w/Speed Stir

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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    Try to order the "Speed Stir", and maybe consider the "XL Option" size as well since you need to "SLAM". Mix like a pro with plenty of reagents just in case. Great to have you with us.
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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    It'll take about three days to get to you.....don't be frustrated.....it's worth the wait.

    You can make some progress while you are waiting on your kit. Each evening, add a small jug of Clorox (pump running) in front of a return so it is quickly7 diluted. Brush those green spots each evening as well. Don't worry if they don't come out.....we're just getting started!

    Post your test results when your kit comes in and we'll be off and running.

    Also, read "The ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry" up in Pool School, it's the basics for everything we do.
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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    Welcome!

    Just starting out cold, reading Pool School can make you feel

    Once you have a proper test kit and start doing the chemistry, it will click and make sense. There's a fairly steep learning curve as you get things in shape, and after that it's just coasting. Before Memorial Day your pool will be sparkling and you'll be an old pro and bored with the pool maintenance because it's so troublefree and predictable. That test kit will probably have paid for itself by then, too, what with all the potions and elixirs the pool store won't be selling you this year.

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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    Nice one Richard!
    Bob - Palm Beach by San Juan Pools. approx 5000 gals., Pentair 320 cartridge filter (all new guts installed by me), Goldline SWG, 'New to me' Kreepy Krauly Sand Shark, Intermec 104 Timer Test kit: TF-100 w/Speed Stir

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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    Lol. Thanks guys. I should have bought the kit 2 yrs ago but use Leslie's to test the water. I know lol. I learned my lesson, only took 2 yrs to get un-manageable so not bad. I did not see an option for the XL kit or speed stir? I did not read that in the info on the site, must have missed it.

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    I cant find the 8% clorox around here so I guess regular clorox id ok?
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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    One other thing, How can I properly measure my pool to find out how many Gallons it really is? It is an odd shaped oval pool, runs from 3.5 ft down to 13 ft. Length plus the widest part width wise? I can take a pic put don't know how to add it to this site, I will use my phone. Thanks!
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    25,000 gal, Nautalis NS60 D.E. filter, Plaster, IG, 30 plus yrs oval pool. Plaster resurfaced 10+ yrs ago.

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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    Use Pool Math http://www.troublefreepool.com/calc.html Towards the bottom it has a calculator to help. If you need to "break" your pool up into part and do it a part at a time and add it all together. We will fine tune it after you get your test kit.

    Great Value Bleach from Walmart (plain, unscented) is what quite a few people use. So long as it is bleach and the % is listed you will be fine. If the % is not listed it is not worth your time.

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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    My pool is the same way. I just took multiple measurements at different widths and then took the average. Same with the length and depth. It won't be perfect, but it is closer than guessing.
    18500 gallon oval pool. Filter: Hayward cartridge filter. Model: C12002. Pump: Hayward 1 speed (I think) 1.5hp Max-Flo XL Pump. Model: C48D43AO4. TFT100 test kit.

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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    Welcome to TFP Darla, you will be the talk of the neighborhood once you get your pool all sparkly
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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    What part of Houston do you live in? Let me know if I can help.

    This reminds me it would be nice if we had a resource set up where we had a list of knowledgeable people in areas of the country or state who could devote a little time to help those new to the process. I would volunteer. I have been extremely impressed with this site and my pool has never looked better.
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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    good idea, i am in Clear Lake. We have our own temp table here lol.

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    ok, i will try it.

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    thanks!!
    Darla Reed :-)

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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    Welcome Darla! These fantastic people will get you in shape and you'll be managing your pool like a pro in no time!

    Pearland area here!
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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    WalMart now sells a 10% liquid chlorine product in the pool section. Unit for unit it is less expensive than their store brand.
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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    I just put the 8.25% lol. I didn't know they had a pool section. Im sure I will need more so good to know!

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    Thanks! Had two more inches of rain this morning with more to come over the next 4 days. great. lol.
    Darla Reed :-)

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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    Lol. I dont buy a lot of chemicals from them. I used liquid bleach until a year ago, phos free and their shock. I switched to tabs thinking I could save money, boy was I wrong lol. I read the tabs cause lots of problems but I clean and check my pool daily, I thought I could prevent that stuff from happening. Now I am back to square one. Not having the right test kit is my issue. No more short cuts for me lol. I have two bottles of the 10% chlorine left and will add a bottle this afternoon when the sun goes down to kick start my process. My kit should be here by the weekend.
    Darla Reed :-)

    25,000 gal, Nautalis NS60 D.E. filter, Plaster, IG, 30 plus yrs oval pool. Plaster resurfaced 10+ yrs ago.

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    Re: Newbie to site, own pool for 3 yrs. HELP! LOL.

    Hello blueyes39 and welcome
    Like they said, it seems overwhelming at first, but gets MUCH easier with time. And remember, your way ahead of the game, it took some of us (me) 17 years to find this place
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