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    Year 5, still love you guys!

    Not terribly active around here these days, but I never forget how amazing this community has been, and still is. There's always folks with a ready answer, useful advice, and kind words. I've lost track now of how many friends' pools I've helped "rescue" with what I've learned form this group, and every year I open, swim, and close with more than a little amazement at how consistent, simple, and effective "all this stuff" is.

    5th year of the pool, 5th year of 'the method".

    Water's still a bit chilly (21 C this morning) but had our first dip yesterday. Hoping it'll warm up a bit this week in time for our Air Show party next weekend.

    Adding Borates for the first time this year. Starting slow, no reason to rush.

    This morning's numbers :

    FC - 3.5
    CC - 0
    pH - 7.6
    TA - 90
    CYA - 30
    Borates - 15ppm

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    Thanks, gang, and best wishes for a summer full of fun, relaxation, and trouble free pools!
    -Gordon
    Pool School helps me maintain my 13,500G 24' x 48" ASP with Sand Filtration using a TF100 Test Kit and Pool Calculator.
    Remember, the Shock Process should be followed until : 1. CC is less than 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT shows a loss of 1.0 ppm or less and, 3. The water is crystal clear.
    --I didn't buy my pool to swim in it. I bought my pool to watch my wife swim in it. :wink:

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    Re: Year 5, still love you guys!

    Now that you have this thing mastered, you should hang out and answer some questions. Or CLICK HERE to Become a TroubleFreePool.com Supporter!! Just think of all the money TFP has saved you. I know, I'm shameless.
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    Re: Year 5, still love you guys!

    Since we're always about showing off the whole "backyard oasis" around here as well, every so often you may notice a small white building right next to our pool.

    This guy :



    Houses this guy



    Who allows me to produce things like this



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    No...it has nothing whatsoever to do with the pool...but it's part of my oasis and it's fun to show off sometimes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Now that you have this thing mastered, you should hang out and answer some questions.
    LOL not sure I'd say "Mastered", Richard, but you're right...I probably really ought to give something back.


    Or CLICK HERE to Become a TroubleFreePool.com Supporter!! Just think of all the money TFP has saved you. I know, I'm shameless.
    Ya know what, I should, by golly.

    Done.

    (I forgot to include my forum username, doh! But it's close enough to my real name you ought to be able to figure it out. *heh* )
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    -Gordon
    Pool School helps me maintain my 13,500G 24' x 48" ASP with Sand Filtration using a TF100 Test Kit and Pool Calculator.
    Remember, the Shock Process should be followed until : 1. CC is less than 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT shows a loss of 1.0 ppm or less and, 3. The water is crystal clear.
    --I didn't buy my pool to swim in it. I bought my pool to watch my wife swim in it. :wink:

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    Re: Year 5, still love you guys!

    those are awesome pictures
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    Re: Year 5, still love you guys!

    Quote Originally Posted by cowboycasey View Post
    those are awesome pictures
    Thank you, sir!
    -Gordon
    Pool School helps me maintain my 13,500G 24' x 48" ASP with Sand Filtration using a TF100 Test Kit and Pool Calculator.
    Remember, the Shock Process should be followed until : 1. CC is less than 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT shows a loss of 1.0 ppm or less and, 3. The water is crystal clear.
    --I didn't buy my pool to swim in it. I bought my pool to watch my wife swim in it. :wink:

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    Re: Year 5, still love you guys!

    Nice pool! And cool telescope! Thanks for supporting TFP and thanks for the pics!
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    Re: Year 5, still love you guys!

    Quote Originally Posted by pooldv View Post
    Nice pool! And cool telescope! Thanks for supporting TFP and thanks for the pics!
    Thanks!
    -Gordon
    Pool School helps me maintain my 13,500G 24' x 48" ASP with Sand Filtration using a TF100 Test Kit and Pool Calculator.
    Remember, the Shock Process should be followed until : 1. CC is less than 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT shows a loss of 1.0 ppm or less and, 3. The water is crystal clear.
    --I didn't buy my pool to swim in it. I bought my pool to watch my wife swim in it. :wink:

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    Re: Year 5, still love you guys!

    Well, that picture of the stars is just stunning!!

    How much time do you spend with it. Is humidity control a problem in the box??

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    Re: Year 5, still love you guys!

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    Well, that picture of the stars is just stunning!!
    Thanks!

    How much time do you spend with it.
    Most of my nebula images like that one represent about 15-20 hours of total camera exposure time, usually over several weeks, due to weather/work/etc. That one in particular was about 12 hours, done over a rare 2 back to back clear nights with good conditions.

    Is humidity control a problem in the box??
    Not really. I mean, once it's opened up to do imaging, I'm at the mercy of whatever the ambient conditions are anyway. We employ various tricks like extendable shields or "dew heaters" (the little black/silver strap at the end of my scope with wires dangling down is my dew heater) to try to keep the lens itself from fogging up, but the equipment generally tolerates dew pretty well.

    When it's all closed up, there's just a bucket of DampRid down in the bottom to try to keep stuff from soaking in moisture all day every day.

    (Thank you for your contribution. TFP is appreciative.)
    Richard was quite right...TFP's saved me a ton over the years, both in hard cash terms and in frustration!
    -Gordon
    Pool School helps me maintain my 13,500G 24' x 48" ASP with Sand Filtration using a TF100 Test Kit and Pool Calculator.
    Remember, the Shock Process should be followed until : 1. CC is less than 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT shows a loss of 1.0 ppm or less and, 3. The water is crystal clear.
    --I didn't buy my pool to swim in it. I bought my pool to watch my wife swim in it. :wink:

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    Re: Year 5, still love you guys!

    Love this kind of post AND you becoming a supporting member! I also saw your post to another person that was very well done. So well done I did not have to do anything so I was able to look you up and see who this person was that was giving out such good advice!

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    Re: Year 5, still love you guys!

    Awwww shucks, Kim.

    Thanks for the kind words.
    -Gordon
    Pool School helps me maintain my 13,500G 24' x 48" ASP with Sand Filtration using a TF100 Test Kit and Pool Calculator.
    Remember, the Shock Process should be followed until : 1. CC is less than 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT shows a loss of 1.0 ppm or less and, 3. The water is crystal clear.
    --I didn't buy my pool to swim in it. I bought my pool to watch my wife swim in it. :wink:

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    Re: Year 5, still love you guys!

    Nice!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: Year 5, still love you guys!

    Very interesting thread and cool set up!
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    Thanks much, Casy and needsajet!
    -Gordon
    Pool School helps me maintain my 13,500G 24' x 48" ASP with Sand Filtration using a TF100 Test Kit and Pool Calculator.
    Remember, the Shock Process should be followed until : 1. CC is less than 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT shows a loss of 1.0 ppm or less and, 3. The water is crystal clear.
    --I didn't buy my pool to swim in it. I bought my pool to watch my wife swim in it. :wink:

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    Re: Year 5, still love you guys!

    I thought it was going to be some kind of new age dog house...then BAM, you go all Very Large Array on us! So cool.
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