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Thread: Brand new pool owners seeking advice!!

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    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Keller, TX

    Brand new pool owners seeking advice!!

    Hello all. We just recently finished setting up our Itex 24' X 52" AG pool. We are very very new to this. I haven't put any chemicals in yet. I just went out and purchased an hth vinyl and plaster pool start up and maintenence kit (it says for pools with skimmer baskets. It came with 10 test strips that tested the FC, Bromine, Ph, and TA. I tested and here are the results:

    FC: 0
    Bromine: 0
    Ph: 7.8
    TA: 120

    I am going to attach my skimmer and put one of the 3-in-1 chlorinating tablets in. I am planning on adding one of the shock treatments this evening at bed time and running the pump overnight.

    Am I headed in the right direction? Does the pump have to be on as long as there is a tablet in the skimmer? I am assuming it is safe to swim in while there is a tablet in the skimmer because it says it takes up to a week to dissolve but I know we can't use it until the water is tested after a shock treatment.

    Do I really need to do a shock treatment once a week?

    As you can see we are pretty new to this but we will get use to it we just need pointed in the right direction. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Our pool is 12,481 gallons
    The pump has a cartrige type filter
    It's an AG pool
    Pump is an Intex 633 2500 gph

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    Re: Brand new pool owners seeking advice!!

    Hi, and welcome.

    Please read Pool School. It will answer a lot of your basic questions.

    If you keep your FC up with bleach or liquid chlorine (we don't advocate the use of pucks ordinarily) you may never have to shock.

    8000 gallon 20' x 48" round vinyl frame pool, 12" sand filter (don't have the specs on the pump), TF100 test kit
    Handy Links: PoolMath, TF-100 Test Kit, Pool School, CYA-Chlorine Chart
    "Shock" is a process, not a product!

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    May 2007
    SWSuburban Chicago, IL

    Re: Brand new pool owners seeking advice!!

    Listen to the Queen!

    Off to Pool School!

    If you still have questions after reading the info there, please post them.

    In the meantime, I highly recommend you order yourself a good test kit, there is an article in Pool School that compares the two kits we recommend on this forum.

    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

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