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    The Golden Child

    I would just like to introduce myself to the forum. I actually joined yesterday, but didn't see the introducing thread until today. My name is Matt Giovanisci and I'm from Williamstown, NJ. I have been working in the pool and spa industry since I was 13 years old...

    I started as a young lad at a local pool & janitorial store in my hometown. I would work weekends and after school testing water, stocking shelves and helping customers. I worked there until I was 17 and about to graduate high school. I decided it was time to move on to bigger and better things. So, I went down the street and got hired working at a bigger pool company. I was the first 17 year old the company had ever hired and it was all based on my experience.

    I still work there to this day, but I have moved up in the world. I am now the company's marketing director. While I have been with this company I have done many things. I started as a basic retail employee. I quickly moved up to assistant manager. I left the company for a year because another pool company wanted to hire me (they actually called me at work cause they had heard about me). I was the manager at this other company and also did some service work when they needed help.

    I was hired back at my original job as manager now, left again to do marketing, then hired back. When I worked at the store I was considered the Golden Child because I never got in trouble. The boss in corporate loved me and everyone was jealous. I guess that's why I am his right-hand man these days.

    In my spare time, I created a website called SwimUniversity.com. It was my goal to mash up two things I was very interested in: websites and swimming pools. I built the site from scratch and filled it with as much content as I could. I am constantly working on it every day, writing new posts, adding videos, tools and etc.

    I am here at TFP to expand my knowledge while imparting my knowledge to homeowners. Our sites have the same goal in common.
    Matt Giovanisci

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    Re: The Golden Child

    Nice looking website, but a lot of the information you present runs counter to what the tried and true TFP'ers do to maintain their pools. If it works for you, then great. I personally will continue to use bleach, baking soda and borax, not to mention an occasional flirtation with dry acid or muriatic acid. My pool is clear, clean, and has no scent, just brilliant sparkle, making me a member of the Sparklypoolitis Club.

    Good luck to you and by the way, Welcome to TFP!
    2005 Dimension One Venture model 370 gal. hot tub. We'll be using the TFP method to keep it clean and ready to use!
    TFP - The Finest Phorum on the Net!

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    Re: The Golden Child

    Matthew, I reiterate my welcome here!

    You are young and willing to learn

    As an 'old pool dog', I find this refreshing

    You seem to be conscientious and ready to receive info that is contrary to what you've been taught

    I strongly invite you to read here (Pool School and the 'further reading' therein) so you can perfect what you do on your website

    I wish I had this resource, when I was your age

    I (we) are always here to help someone like you! And look forward to your input here
    Luv& Luk
    -Ted

    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

    POOL SCHOOL, TF Testkits, Jason's Pool Calculator, CYA vs. cl chart, (Just a few DARNED handy links!)

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    Re: The Golden Child

    Thanks for welcoming me. I guess I have a lot to learn. I am not "worldly" when it comes to pool care. I know what I've been taught and what I've read throughout my years. This site just allows me to continue my education in the world of pool care. Thanks again!
    Matt Giovanisci

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    Re: The Golden Child

    Welcome, Matt! Like Ted said, you will learn things here that may go against everything that you have been told prior. The industry is full of misinformation and just plain bad advice, and it gets told and retold so often that it becomes "truth", when in fact it is not even close. I read one of your earlier posts (I think it was about floc, IIRC), and I was kind of waiting for the flaming to begin (this isn't that kind of site though!). Here, we know that simple bleach will kill algae, and floc and other "exotic" pool store stuff isn't needed!

    I've been in the industry a bit longer than you, and have been in construction longer than you are old ( ). Most people will just regurgitate what they have been taught, if it is true or not. I can honestly say that I have learned more about swimming pool chemistry in the short time that I have been on this page than I have in the last 20 years of pool ownership and being in the industry, and I was taught by (arguably) the best!

    Again, welcome! And keep an open mind and listen to what some of the folks on here say (you'll learn quickly who they are!). This is a great page, and you will become a better voice in our industry by thinking about what pool water is and how it is maintained if you heed what is taught here. It will make you look at some of the things you may have said in the past and see how wrong it truly was!

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    Re: The Golden Child

    Let me also welcome you and further add that what waste and simicrintz are saying is true. What a pool needs vs what an industry wants to market are two different things.

    Scott
    Owner of - PoolGuyNJ LLC
    Expert Pool and Spa Repairs, Renovations, and Augmentation. Helping people decide what is the right gear for meeting their needs. Expectations Set, Expectations Met, No Surprises.

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