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    There are no shortcuts; believe in the process and trust the experts - thank you TFP

    I updated on of my original thread, but felt I needed to share. Bought a home with green pool (2-3 years unused). Spent too much money on pool chemicals and a cleaner came twice, but pool was still gross. We had a June 4 deadline for our daughter's big graduation open house and wanted to use the backyard. It took nearly 3 weeks, with vacuuming most of the gunk out, daily testing with the recommended kit, keeping pool at SLAM levels, consulting the experts for advice. I almost lost hope but was encouraged to continue.

    June 4 brought 100 degree weather to Portland, OR, 200+ people to our home (our nieces/nephews/cousins splashing in pool), and a very happy graduate (in yellow). Family pic should've been in front of the pool. Thank you thank you. I will become a TFP supporter.













    Tina (TKO) ~ My Pool: In-ground concrete/white plaster kidney shaped (21x40x9(deep end)); ~28,000 gal; Pentair Superflo hp pump; Hayward S244T 300lb sand filter; TF-100 w/ Speed Stir

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    Re: There are no shortcuts; believe in the process and trust the experts - thank you

    Testify!

    Besides becoming a supporter, you can field some questions from newbies. You know how to clear a swamp, so you can pass it along.
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    Re: There are no shortcuts; believe in the process and trust the experts - thank you

    Beware of what you ask for...but I am happy to chime in where I'm confident.

    Oh, and as a point of reference, this is what my pool looked like 3 weeks ago (that's after 25lbs of "shock" from pool store and 2 visits from a "pool guy"...before I found TFP).

    Tina (TKO) ~ My Pool: In-ground concrete/white plaster kidney shaped (21x40x9(deep end)); ~28,000 gal; Pentair Superflo hp pump; Hayward S244T 300lb sand filter; TF-100 w/ Speed Stir

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    Re: There are no shortcuts; believe in the process and trust the experts - thank you

    THAT is why we do it! How sweet it is!

    Kim
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    Re: There are no shortcuts; believe in the process and trust the experts - thank you

    This is awesome!
    Great pics! beautiful backyard, pool and family!
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    Re: There are no shortcuts; believe in the process and trust the experts - thank you

    WOW! I remember reading your original post! Awesome job and congrats graduate!
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    Re: There are no shortcuts; believe in the process and trust the experts - thank you

    Looks EXACTLY like my pool! (type & size, etc) I'm on my way to clearing up too!
    In Ground 25,000 gal plaster kidney shape pool. Hayworth Sand Filter S224T avg PSI=18. In NJ
    New to pool 3 years ago but slowly learning how to maintain on my own, past 2 years opened pool on own and maintained w/out much problem have Leslie's close
    use aquabot for cleaning (love it!)

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    Re: There are no shortcuts; believe in the process and trust the experts - thank you

    Keep the faith and utilize Poolmath and your test kit. My hubby was dubious at first, but helped tons by 1) vacuuming to waste 2) brushing daily 3) getting rid of the dead mouse carcass from the skimmer (gah!!!!)
    Tina (TKO) ~ My Pool: In-ground concrete/white plaster kidney shaped (21x40x9(deep end)); ~28,000 gal; Pentair Superflo hp pump; Hayward S244T 300lb sand filter; TF-100 w/ Speed Stir

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    Re: There are no shortcuts; believe in the process and trust the experts - thank you

    Way to go, dedicated mom and helpful dad!!!

    Congrats to your daughter on a job well done as well!
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    Re: There are no shortcuts; believe in the process and trust the experts - thank you

    smforte, Alabama? My daughter will be going to a national competition Mobile, AL next week, and I'll be there later this month. How's the weather? Is Monthomery anywhere near there?
    Tina (TKO) ~ My Pool: In-ground concrete/white plaster kidney shaped (21x40x9(deep end)); ~28,000 gal; Pentair Superflo hp pump; Hayward S244T 300lb sand filter; TF-100 w/ Speed Stir

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    Re: There are no shortcuts; believe in the process and trust the experts - thank you

    Nice pool! Great job and thanks for the great feedback and pics!
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    Re: There are no shortcuts; believe in the process and trust the experts - thank you

    That's just a great story! Thank you for sharing and congrats to you for your perseverance and congrats to your daughter.
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    Re: There are no shortcuts; believe in the process and trust the experts - thank you

    Oh Yeah! Great pics, great story. Your daughter graduated from school, and you are also TFP graduate.
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