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Thread: First Year Opening After switch From Baquacil (Pix incl.)

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    Husky25's Avatar
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    Jun 2015
    "East of the River" CT

    First Year Opening After switch From Baquacil (Pix incl.)

    This Thread could probably go in a number of places, but I wanted to share my experiences over the last 12 months on TFP.

    My pool came with the house my wife and I bought in 2007. I had a pool growing up so I had planned on leveraging my father's expertise, but one problem: Neither of us had even heard of Baquacil. There were instruction manuals left behind and the water was clear, so I had no reason to doubt the system. Eventually though, my water turned cloudy and the pool store guys (who had less of clue about the system) kept selling me "quick fixes" that only fixed one thing: the volume of their cash register. Long story short, I joined this site, Got myself a TF-100, and converted to a chlorine base.

    Fast forward to two weeks ago. To my disgust, this is what my pool looked like immediately upon opening:

    I vacuumed the shallow end, backwashed, and blindly ran the vacuum around the deep end. After I backwashed again, I ran a panel of tests, pH was high, but I had yet to added stabilizer. I also added 3 gallons of 12.5% NaCl.

    An hour later, I brushed the pool and brought Chlorine back up to SLAM levels. This was the scene 4 hours after the cover came off:

    My wife and I went out that night, so the only thing I did from this point until the next morning was backwash one more time to bring down the pressure. By the next morning however, I was looking at this:

    I passed the SLAM a couple days later. People without a pool and especially without kids may wonder, "To what end?" To which I respond, "to this end. To this end."

    Outdoor in-ground 18' x 36' rectangle w/ vinyl liner. 29k gal., 2 returns, 2 drains, single pool side skimmer, ladder, diving board, LED multi-color light, Pentair Cristal-Flo II Sand Filter, Sta-Rite Super Max 3/4 HP Pump, AquaCal R410A heater, SpeedStir, TF-100. Baquacil Conversion of former pool - June 2015, SLAM How-to, Chlorine/CYA Chart

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    Jan 2010
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: First Year Opening After switch From Baquacil (Pix incl.)

    Preach it, brother!

    It's amazing how quickly and cheaply you can clear a pool compared to the pool store wallet drain, isn't it? That free testing usually ends up costing a whole lot more than a test kit.
    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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