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    No More Pool Store!

    So, I joined the site about a week ago and have been doing the "prerequisite" reading and I am ready to say that I have made my last trip to our local pool store.

    As I look over things I am convinced that pool stores only have my wallet in mind when I show up. Need Chlorine and what do they recommend? Either powder or tablets that will do the trick but drive my CYA up....same with their shock treatments! They make a HUGE deal about phosphates to get you to buy more chemicals. Need to increase TA? Yup, more expensive chemicals that I can get elsewhere at a much lower cost. Oh, and when that CYA gets too high they have a chemical solution to that problem - at $60 per treatment! Well, seeing that I just drained and refilled 30K gallons of water, I AM DONE WITH THE POOL STORES!

    I'll test my own water and do my own chemistry - I am motivated to do it right, not to spend money needlessly!

    OK TFP, I'M IN!!!
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    Re: No More Pool Store!

    You have seen the light. Make sure you get one of the recommended test kits the TF-100 or K-2006
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    Sounds good! Welcome to TFP! Me too!
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    Re: No More Pool Store!

    Quote Originally Posted by BNilsen2693 View Post
    So, I joined the site about a week ago and have been doing the "prerequisite" reading and I am ready to say that I have made my last trip to our local pool store.

    As I look over things I am convinced that pool stores only have my wallet in mind when I show up. Need Chlorine and what do they recommend? Either powder or tablets that will do the trick but drive my CYA up....same with their shock treatments! They make a HUGE deal about phosphates to get you to buy more chemicals. Need to increase TA? Yup, more expensive chemicals that I can get elsewhere at a much lower cost. Oh, and when that CYA gets too high they have a chemical solution to that problem - at $60 per treatment! Well, seeing that I just drained and refilled 30K gallons of water, I AM DONE WITH THE POOL STORES!

    I'll test my own water and do my own chemistry - I am motivated to do it right, not to spend money needlessly!

    OK TFP, I'M IN!!!
    I noticed the pool store gave my SIL the Alkalinity up, (hers was 90) then they gave her a PH reducer, ha ha. The tablets she uses made her PH low, so I gave her some "PH up", which was actually the soda ash. I didn't tell her, though.

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    Re: No More Pool Store!

    I just saw that work of art you call a pool.............wow! That is SO pretty! Did you buy the pool or the house???

    So what test kit did you get?

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    Re: No More Pool Store!

    Kim:

    Good question! Actually, the pool DID figure into our purchase decision (how could it not???), but that was a bonus as the rest of the house was "move-in ready". This pool is a social thing with all the seating benches located in it.....hope to have folks over for the 4th and share with friends.....in clear TFP water!!!
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    Good for you BNilsen! Your stance to control your pool made me think of Popeye the Sailor Man "That's all I can stands, cuz I can't stands n'more!"

    Alright I blind or not smart enough to figure it out!

    Where is the art work kimcats says is SO pretty..... I want to see it too.
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    Re: No More Pool Store!

    Quote Originally Posted by BNilsen2693
    I'll test my own water and do my own chemistry - I am motivated to do it right, not to spend money needlessly!
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    Re: No More Pool Store!

    Quote Originally Posted by Stump View Post
    Good for you BNilsen! Your stance to control your pool made me think of Popeye the Sailor Man "That's all I can stands, cuz I can't stands n'more!"

    Alright I blind or not smart enough to figure it out!

    Where is the art work kimcats says is SO pretty..... I want to see it too.
    Irregular Shape

    Here is his link to see his pool. Of course I would LOVE to see MORE pictures LOL

    Irregular Shape

    I found it by going to his profile and clicking on his started threads.

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    Re: No More Pool Store!

    Yep I agree that is a very creative and beautiful pool!
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