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Thread: Pool noob, take 2

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    May 2011
    Huntington, WV

    Pool noob, take 2

    Hello again everyone. I received my TF100 test kit today and am looking forward to becoming an amateur chemist when I get home this evening.

    Also, I've read and re-read much of the material this site has to offer, and I am very impressed. I've changed from worrying about being able to keep up with the pool's needs to being confident that I won't have any trouble.

    Now, on to the questions. This stuff isn't all that pressing but they are things I've been thinking about and need guidance on.

    1. How often does the sand in a sand filter need replaced, if ever? The one I have came with the house so I have no idea how old it is. It appears to be in good condition so I don't believe it to be very old, but I can't be sure.

    2. Is it a problem in any way to add chemicals to the pool while it has the solar cover on it? I can't imagine that it would be, but I'm new at this so I want to make sure I'm not missing something.

    3. What is a good website for buying pool stuff? I've found a few and even bought some missing bits for my skimmer yesterday evening on one of them, but none of them have jumped out at me as being fantastic. Where do you go? I need a new ladder as well, but it may be easier to actually go to the pool store for that. Not sure.

    That's all I can think of at the moment. I may have more this evening after I test the water, but with the test kit and the pool calculator website I think I'll be all right.

    Thanks for your help.
    Above ground pool
    27' diameter, 4' deep
    ~17,100 gallons
    Hayward 1 HP pump
    Hayward Model S166T Sand Filter

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    Apr 2007
    Sebring, Florida

    Re: Pool noob, take 2

    1. I have never changed mine.....7 years old. cleaned out the junk annually and see no need to change it.

    2. Don't do that. Always have the cover off when adding chemistry.

    3. Can't help on this one.
    Dave S. - Forum owner
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Pool noob, take 2

    1) Never, unless it gets heavy calcium scaling.
    2) Not normally a problem if you fold the cover back enough to have room to work, though high FC levels can shorten the life of the cover.
    3) among many others.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
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    Flower Mound, TX

    Re: Pool noob, take 2

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    10K gallon IG gunite with waterfall; Pentair CC320P filter; WhisperFlo 2 HP pump
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    Re: Pool noob, take 2

    I'm new too, so I can't answer about 1 and 2 but I've had a lot of luck with When in around.
    Hayward 15x30 4ft deep above ground oval, hayward dreamline sand filter with hayward powerflo lx pump 1hp, BBB method, lil' shark cleaner

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