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    Join Date
    Aug 2015
    Manalapan, NJ

    First Timer Opening on Saturday

    Hello Everyone. My name is Brian, and I live in central New Jersey.

    I've been lurking on this site for months now educating myself, and with my opening now a couple days away, I figured it would be a good time to say hello.

    In the middle of last summer my wife and two little boys moved into our new home. The in-ground pool was already open, and with my limited knowledge of pools, I decided to just get through the last few weeks of the summer before really diving into the science of owning a pool. I used the chlorine tablets left behind by the previous owner, bought a test kit from Home Depot and tried to keep the pH and FC in balance until closing. During that time we had a new mesh loop-loc cover and baby-loc fencing installed to keep the kids safe. Used a local pool store to close, and they dumped in various chemicals in the days prior to the closing.

    Now it's a few months later, and I've been doing lots of research on this site. I plan to ditch the chlorine tabs for bleach and fully follow the TFPC methods.

    I ordered a TF-100 test kit, read "The ABC's of Pool Chemistry", and "Recommended Pool Chemicals" at least 10 times each, as well as my pump and filter owner manuals.

    Saturday, we will open the pool ourselves, and I can't wait to get started putting all of this knowledge to use. For someone like me who was nervous about taking care of a pool for the first time, this website has been incredibly helpful. Knowing there is a place you can go where the people have the answers and are eager to help really makes the thought of taking care of my own pool a lot less scary. Thank you to everyone who contributes to this site. Looking forward to being a part of the community.

    27,0000 gallon In-Ground Plaster Kidney Shaped Pool - Approximately 30 years old
    Hayward Superpump
    Hayward Pro-Grid DE4820 Filter
    TF-100 Test Kit

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    Apr 2007
    Sebring, Florida

    Re: First Timer Opening on Saturday

    Welcome to the forum.

    We'll be around to help on Saturday if you need it. We love pics!!
    Dave S. - Forum owner
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
    TFTestkits , PoolMath , Pool School

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    Jun 2014
    South-Central Texas, Marion/San Antonio

    Re: First Timer Opening on Saturday

    Hello Brian and 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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