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    Another this system is great thread!

    Hi Everyone,

    I just had to take a min and say how glad I am to have found this forum. I am grateful to all who started TFP and those that keep it going.

    We purchased a home with a pool last year and I was really excited...until the costs associated with it caught up with me. We were set up with a service the previous owner had been using without question for years. I having no knowledge just kind of gave him cart blanc to take care of it. The people I bought the house from paid to have it opened after that I was into it for about $250 a month with a weekly service and chemicals. I was told to run the pump 24/7 and it was all just killing me.

    I travel a lot for work being in the helicopter business. We have contracts all over the country so travel is mandatory. Typically the schedule is 12 days on and 12 off in the winter/spring and can be as much as 12 days on and 2 off in the summer. We moved for work and the pool for the kids was supposed to be a carrot and not a ball and chain. My wife wanted minimal involvement and was pretty happy to just have the pool guy come once a week.

    In the fall I found this forum and started reading all I could about pools and what makes them work. I am a pretty handy guy and realized that with a little help we could take care of just about anything on the pool. On my last 10 day break home I was able with great help of the forum and my trusty TF-100 test kit open our pool for about $160.00. THat included bleach, a pump rental (CYA was sky high) and some water. Lucky for us water is pretty cheap.

    I had to leave on a trip shortly after I really got things settled down and was a bit nervous about taking off. i gave my 11 year old son several days of testing instructions, and my wife a bit as well. Well fast forward 10 days and things are still going great. They have been testing every night and adding bleach as necessary, They ran the full set of tests except for CYA today and things are spot on. The pool looks great and they are totally confident in keeping it that way. As they say in some circles we have achieved "buy in"!

    Anyway this is pretty long but anyone reading about the BBB method and on the fence just trust the process. I brought ours from a green swamp to Sparkling Blue in 4 days using only Bleach from CostCo. I have cleaned all my own filters, changed a leaking pump seal the pool guy installed at the end of the season and am a happy pool owner.

    Thanks Again everyone

    Phil
    18,000 gallon in-ground plaster pool. Sta-rite cartridge filter, Sta-Rite Max-E-Glas II pump 1 1/2hp motor, Caretaker pool cleaner, Teledyne LAARS series 2 ESC natural gas heater 250,000 BTU. Solar Pool cover, Intermatic Timer with heater switch. Two very happy kids!

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    Re: Another this system is great thread!

    Nice Work!
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    Re: Another this system is great thread!

    I bet your son was excited about using the test kit. He's a mad scientist now.
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    Re: Another this system is great thread!

    Thanks,

    My son does in fact love the test kit! Things changing colors and stuff he is all over it.

    Phil
    18,000 gallon in-ground plaster pool. Sta-rite cartridge filter, Sta-Rite Max-E-Glas II pump 1 1/2hp motor, Caretaker pool cleaner, Teledyne LAARS series 2 ESC natural gas heater 250,000 BTU. Solar Pool cover, Intermatic Timer with heater switch. Two very happy kids!

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    Re: Another this system is great thread!

    Awesome. This is by far the best site for pool owners on Earth!
    12k gal gunite, Sunstone Plaster, Pentair IntelliFlo® VS+SVRS Variable Speed Pump, Pentair Intellichlor IC-40, Pentair CCP520 cart filter

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    Re: Another this system is great thread!

    Hi All,

    After being on the road for 2 weeks I came home Wed afternoon to a perfect pool. My wife and son had it totally under control.

    I got the solar cover on and we are now enjoying 82-83 degree water with little use of the heater. I ran a whole set of tests today except for CYA which did the other day. The FC has been going from 7 down to 5 so the bleach use is not bad. The Ph in 3 weeks drifted from 7.5 up to 7.8. I added 23 oz of MA and it dropped back into line. TA is 110, and CH is right at 240.

    The water is beautiful and really nice to swim in. And best of all I feel in control of our own destiny.

    Its funny but we never even got a call from the pool company this year to see if we wanted the pool opened. Mabe they have stopped and poked their head in the fence or can see the beautiful water just driving by.

    Have a great week!

    Phil
    18,000 gallon in-ground plaster pool. Sta-rite cartridge filter, Sta-Rite Max-E-Glas II pump 1 1/2hp motor, Caretaker pool cleaner, Teledyne LAARS series 2 ESC natural gas heater 250,000 BTU. Solar Pool cover, Intermatic Timer with heater switch. Two very happy kids!

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    Re: Another this system is great thread!

    Good work! I've got two nieces that loved swimming in our pool until I got some nasty algae blooms thanks to a high CYA and only knowing what the pool store would tell me.

    Found this site and my pool has never been clearer!

    I <3 picking up bleach from Costco. All the looks and comments LOL $8.55 for 3x182oz works for me:


    Our last haul.
    16,000Gal-Oval IG Plaster, Hayward SP2605X7 3/4-HP Pump Z-Wave Controlled, Hayward C1200 Cartridge Filter, Wedding Cake steps and a 7' deep-end, BBBing with a TF-100 & SpeedStir!

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    Re: Another this system is great thread!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bawls
    Good work! I've got two nieces that loved swimming in our pool until I got some nasty algae blooms thanks to a high CYA and only knowing what the pool store would tell me.

    Found this site and my pool has never been clearer!

    I <3 picking up bleach from Costco. All the looks and comments LOL $8.55 for 3x182oz works for me:


    Our last haul.
    That's funny! I can just imagine the looks.
    I don't get large chlorine hauls because I'm not a Costco member, and I just get 10% from Lowe's or Home Depot, usually only 1 or 2 boxes of 2 1 gallon bottles at a time. (Except for when I did major shocking when opening the pool.) I don't like to have too much on hand because of the heat. I store it in the shade, in the carport, but it still is plenty warm out there!
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