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    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    San Diego

    Newbie intro

    Hi is Cal and I've been a pool owner for 13 years and now that I've re plastered (2nd time) I'm very excited to have found this forum. All these years I've been spending gobs of money at going to convert to bleach and arm n hammer and borax. Especially like the pool calculator.....can I really maintain for 17 bucks a month? Thank y'all from San Diego!

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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    San Rafael, CA USA

    Re: Newbie intro

    Welcome to TFP!

    17 bucks a month is what it costs me in chemicals (mostly chlorine and a small amount of acid) for my 16,000 gallon pool (shown here and here) used every day for 1-2 hours (longer on weekends), but I have a mostly opaque pool safety cover and a relatively low 1 ppm FC per day chlorine usage because of that. Your costs will depend on the size of your pool, how much your pool is exposed to sunlight, the bather load in your pool, and the cost of chlorinating liquid or bleach in your area. Most pools use closer to 1.5 to 2.5 ppm FC per day, though this varies considerably. My pool operating costs are dominated by my pump electricity costs since I have solar heating, we keep our pool warm at 88F, and my marginal electricity rates are around 32 cents per kilowatt-hour so this averages around $90 per month during the swim season (not counting gas assist at the tails of the season). Those electricity costs are half of what they used to be when I had a single-speed pump -- I now have an Intelliflo variable flow pump.

    16,000 gallon outdoor in-ground 16'x32' plaster pool; Pentair Intelliflo VF pump; Pentair IntelliTouch i9+3s control system; Jandy CL-340 square foot cartridge filter
    12 Fafco solar panels; Purex Triton PowerMax 250 natural gas heater (200,000 BTU/hr output); automatic electric pool safety cover; 4-wheel pressure-side "The Pool Cleaner"

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    May 2007
    South Carolina

    Re: Newbie intro

    Hi Cal,

    Welcome to the forum
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    You're done SLAMing when:
    1)You lose 1ppm or less FC overnight, & 2)You have .5ppm CC's or less, & 3)your water is clear.

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