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    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    San Angelo


    Hi all,

    I joined a few weeks ago but I'm just getting around to posting. I tend to lurk in forums and not post very often, if at all...but I felt compelled to join this time and at least post an intro. If nothing else, I want to give my thanks to all the great pool gurus here. I am a second-time pool owner...this year I installed an above ground 21' diameter, 52" round pool and since day one, I have used the information provided here to maintain it. Pool School should be mandatory reading for anyone in the pool maintenance business! About a decade ago, I lived in a house with a beautiful in-ground pool that was around 30,000 gallons. At the time, I didn't know any better and merely followed the advice of the local pool store. Maintaining the pool was a chore, with hundreds of dollars spent every season and constant adjusting of just about everything. This time I found your site as I was beginning to consider purchasing the above ground pool, and after much reading I went to the local big box store to purchase my needed chemicals. Instead of spending hundreds on the special pool store "ph up" and "clarifier," I walked out with gallons of chlorine, a few boxes of borax and some muriatic acid for well under $100. I did also purchase the Taylor K-2006 test kit online, based on forum advice...which was well worth the $60 or so I dropped on it. After I filled my pool, I brought the FC up to shock level and after I passed the OCLT, I began adjusting the rest of my parameters based on your methodology. Using my trusty test kit, I have monitored the pool over the last several months and needed to do very little after the initial adjustments, aside from adding liquid chlorine daily and occasionally dropping the PH down. Since initial setup, I have not once needed to shock the pool again, and maintenance has been almost carefree...with the result being sparkling clean and clear water. The only downside is that I have been unable to use the "credit" I gained from the pool company through purchasing the pool, as they don't really carry any chemicals that I would want to put in my water...just the standard overpriced generically-named containers that don't do a good job at identifying what they actually contain.

    So in short, this pool season has been a marvel of simplicity...and I'm sure that if I do run into any trouble in the future I'll find any answers to my questions here. You all do good work. Thanks a million!

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    Mod Squad pooldv's Avatar
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    Aug 2012
    DFW, TX

    Re: Drek

    Welcome to TFP!

    Thanks for the kind words. Glad TFP is good for your pool!
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    Jan 2012
    'burbs of Augusta, Georgia

    Re: Drek

    Hey there Drek, welcome! Glad you found us those months ago.

    Please add TX to your San Angelo so that folks who don't know Texas...will know! Thanks!

    Can you buy some liquid chlorine with some of that credit?
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    Jan 2016
    Sydney, NSW, Australia

    Re: Drek

    Yeh, I was thinking chlorine too for using up the credit. Maybe Stabilizer for next year. And some pool toys

    It must make the writers very happy to know that you were able to achieve TFPC from the resources already here.

    If you'd like to share a wee bit of the savings, did you know you can become a supporter? It's a modest one-time tax-deductible donation that keeps the advice flowing. Everyone is volunteer, but there's software type costs to cover, and the donation includes some perks. No pressure. You'll get the same advice either way. Link below in my signature.

    Thanks for sharing your great results.
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