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    Join Date
    May 2009
    Phoenix, AZ

    New pool owner

    So all most a month ago me and my hubby went to get a very small pool for the kids and walked out of the store with at 15ft by 4ft pool that is 4 ft deep. Needles to say I have not been able to get the chemical levels right from the get go. went to pool store 3 times and each time walked out spending $60.00 or more and have yet to get any clorine to show up when i test the water. Water has been getting cloudy and a slimy film on sides and bottom of the pool. I am so glad I found this web site I was ready to pack the pool up and count my losses. I still have a lot to learn and I need to get a good test kit. But here I go on the hope of getting a crystal clear pool to enjoy. Going to get started tomorrow!

    Update: So I used the pool calculator and I added 44 oz of household bleach to the pool last night before I went to bed. I went out there and tested the water with my basic poolcare DPD test kit and it now reads that the Cl is at 2 or 4 (can't tell how to read it all the way yet) and my PH is at 7.5. I am so excited that the CL is finaly showing up when I test it.
    15ft X 4ft metal frame quickset pool by intex, water level 42in, Automatic skimmer, Debris cover, Filter pump model 637R, Pole Skimmer, Pole Vacuum

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    Laenini's Avatar
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    Aug 2008
    Brooklyn Center, MN

    Re: New pool owner

    Congrats on the new pool, and congrats on finding this site! By using the BBB method, the pool calculator, and following the advice of these folks on this board, you soon will have that crystal clear pool you have been dreaming of. This is the test kit that I have and its used by many of the members here. I highly reccommend that you purchase this kit and then post your first set of numbers obtained from it. Then people here will be able to point you in the directions you need to get the results you want.

    Good luck and we will look forward to seeing your first results!
    Pool: 24' round by 48" deep AGP
    Waterway 1HP-2 speed pump, H100 Heater, sand filter, skimmer, using BBB (love it!)
    Hot tub: 2008 CalSpas, 8x8, 8 seats, 60+ jets, ozonator
    3 step bromine sanitation

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    DaveNJ's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Toms River, NJ

    Re: New pool owner

    Welcome to TFP
    I agree with Laenini on getting a test kit. Its allows you to manage your pool and not the pool manage you. Also add you location in your profile, and pool specifics in your signature. Helps people in answering your questions.
    IG 18x36 oval vinyl, Spill over spa, Northstar 2hp-2spd, 2.5" piping, S310T 500lb Sand filter, 400k gas heater, AutoPilot SWCG

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    frustratedpoolmom's Avatar
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    May 2007
    SWSuburban Chicago, IL

    Re: New pool owner

    Welcome to TFP!

    If you want to take total control of your pool, order the test kit. There is an article in Pool School that compares the 2 kits we recommend, no other will do. Don't get confuse when trying to buy one, 90% of the time you can't find the correct kit in stores and my be tempted to get a poor imitation. Order the kit online from or Taylor. Leslie's sells the K-2006 also, but many times not in their store. The TF100 is a better value, IMHO. I highly recommend it (have one myself).
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner
    Perfectly Clear Pool Service, Find me on Facebook!

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    cubbybeave08's Avatar
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    Feb 2008
    Northwest Indiana

    Re: New pool owner

    I agree with eveything they have said...I have the Taylor kit...and the so much better I just started using it this year. Already I see the difference no guessing on anything. Also it would be a good idea if you posted the type of pool you have, your equipment and things like this that you see in everyone's signature line. This will help the experts here be able to help you with your problems. Is your pool a quickset pool by intex? or is it a standard above ground pool?
    Aqua Leader 24ft Round AG Wil-Bar Influence w/54 inch walls 13,500 gallons
    Swimline J-Blue Opal Liner, 1 4X20 Fafco Solar Bear Solar Heater
    Hayward 2 HP Swim Pro Voyager Pump Micro 150 with 4 way timer
    Swim Pro Voyager Filtration System with Hayward ABS Pearl wide mouth skimmer

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