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    New pool to me, with mods.

    Been lurking around and reading all the wonderful information. My Story:

    3 weeks ago I was offered an Intex 18x48 metal frame pool free and I couldn't turn it down. I was hesitant to get a temporary pool, but the family loves it, along with every kid in the neighborhood.

    I started by leveling the ground(~9" off level) with a small bobcat, and used concrete pavers to get an exact level on the legs. I ended up having all them within 1/4". I put down 1/2' of sand wetted and tamped, a layer of 1/2' foam insulation followed by a Gorilla pad. My goal is to leave the pool up year round and winterize it for the 3 months of "winter" we have here in Texas.

    Modifications are a true skimmer, better ladder, light and removable fountain for the brutal heat in the summer.

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    After playing with dip strips and a cheap test kit(Taylor kit on schedule for next weekend should have followed that advise), I had the local PS do a computerized analysis....

    FC 1.2
    TC 1.2
    CC 0.0
    TA 198
    pH 7.9
    CH 256
    CYA 8
    Copper 0
    Iron 0
    Total Dissolved Solids 3000 - Salt?
    Saturation Index .63

    I added 16oz of Muriatic acid per the pool calc to start working on the pH and TA. I am going to add stabilizer tonight after the kids play and I vacuum and backwash.
    ~7000 gallon Intex AGP
    2650-Gallon Intex Sand Filter/Pump/SWG combo with Borates.
    Hayward AquaCritter

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    Re: New pool to me, with mods.

    One more with the fountain up...
    ~7000 gallon Intex AGP
    2650-Gallon Intex Sand Filter/Pump/SWG combo with Borates.
    Hayward AquaCritter

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    Re: New pool to me, with mods.

    Congratulations!

    It look like you are on the right track. Raise the CYA level, remembering that FC will need to come up as CYA comes up. Work on getting TA down, but no need to be in a rush on that. I wouldn't really trust the TDS number from the pool store. Those meters tend to drift out of calibration fairly badly. Who knows if they have been calibrating it or not.
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    Re: New pool to me, with mods.

    Congratulations and welcome to the forum

    Looks like your yard is full of fun kid stuff! If they get too hot bouncing on the trampoline, they can take a refreshing dip in your pool!

    ...........and you got a fountain, already!
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    Re: New pool to me, with mods.

    Now thats what I'm talking about!!!! Another CRYSTAL CLEAR INTX POOL!!! Great Job!!!

    Great MODS

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    Re: New pool to me, with mods.

    Thanks!

    I used the sock method I read somewhere on here for adding the CYA, and WOW 2 pounds dissolved in one night vs sweeping the floor daily.

    The pH dropped to 7.4 with the acid, so I put the fountain up to get it back to 7.8 then will hit it again with more acid.

    I don't want to do too much until I have my own REAL test kit.
    ~7000 gallon Intex AGP
    2650-Gallon Intex Sand Filter/Pump/SWG combo with Borates.
    Hayward AquaCritter

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    Re: New pool to me, with mods.

    congrats on the pool, verdog! looks nice!
    24ft x 52in AGP 18000 gal
    sand filter, 200#,1.5 hp single speed pump
    Wood deck (still in progress...)

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    Re: New pool to me, with mods.

    Verdog,

    How did you add the true skimmer? How is it attached etc.?

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    Re: New pool to me, with mods.

    Hi and welcome to TFP Salty!

    Here is a link to some mods users have made.

    http://www.troublefreepool.com/usefu...rs-t29612.html
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    Re: New pool to me, with mods.

    I like the ladder...where did you find it?

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