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    I am now a water snob

    I'm sure this type of message has been posted before, but I just had to say, I have now officially become a " water snob." It started years ago when I went to Bermuda with my family, and actually got to swim in nice, clear water. I couldn't go in the water on the Delaware or Jersey shores after that. If I can't see my feet, I ain't goin' in. I thought pools were great - also nice clear water.

    Or so I thought. Just came back from vacation, and I couldn't bring myself to do more than "rinse off" in the pools there. My water is so clear and sparkly, and these were, well, a tad cloudy and smelled of chlorine to high heaven. Never bothered me before. Came back to my pool and just finished tweaking the water chemistry and vacuuming. Going to spend some time in it tonight. Ahhhhh!!!!
    Kelleyaynn
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    Re: I am now a water snob

    me too
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    Re: I am now a water snob

    I'm right there with you now as well--I even have my wife doing it. We were watching a "Backyard by Disney" show (not sure if that's the real name or not) and they had a segment where they were showing a redone pool with kids in it. I was thinking to myself "wow, that water is cloudy" when my wife said "that water sure is cloudy--I bet they need to shock".
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    Re: I am now a water snob

    Yep. Every BBB convert here has this happen eventually. Welcome to the club.
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    Re: I am now a water snob

    I too am a water snob as I look out the window at my neighbor's pool. I know he can see my pool and I hope he asks for help. I would love to spread the BBB cheer!
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    Re: I am now a water snob

    Funny how that happens.

    My kids get bent out of shape if there are dead bugs or dirt in the water. I tell them it's cleaner than the lake! Why they get bent out of shape with the stuff they can see, I don't know. I worry if my water gets a little cloudy, but it's still seaweed and fish free!

    Enjoy!
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    Re: I am now a water snob

    Hello, my name is Angie and I too am a water snob.

    Saw pictures of my granddaughter in (gasp ) someone else's pool. The water was (another gasp ) cloudy!

    She didn't appear to mind. I however, really wanted to test the water .
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    Re: I am now a water snob

    Hi Angie, welcome to Pool Snobbery Anonymous
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

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    Re: I am now a water snob

    Water Snobbery is just a manifestation of a mental disorder called Sparklypoolitis.
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    Re: I am now a water snob

    Do you suppose they make a "pill" for that?

    It does seem to be "catching".

    Angie M.
    AG, 26' x 52" Intex Ultra Frame, vinyl, 14667 gal. And LOVING it!!! Hayward S15922S 1HP, 2SP pump and Hayward S220T Sand Filter. Hard plumbed with PVC, added second return, intex SWG, Hydro Pool widemouth skimmer. Set up in May 2012!
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    Re: I am now a water snob

    I too have severe sparklypoolitis.

    This year, I feel very conflicted going to my water aerobics class at my health club because the usually sparkly pool has been cloudy for the past month. I get blank stares from the staff when I bring it up.

    Lana
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    Re: I am now a water snob

    Good to know I'm not alone in my affliction!

    If I had my water testing kit with me, I know I would not have been able to resist testing the water at the pools. I'd refrain if it were a private pool, but public pools are fair game.
    Kelleyaynn
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    Re: I am now a water snob

    Definitely not alone! And I believe there is plenty of room for us all. Here in the "deep end"!

    I think we need club buttons!

    Angie M.
    AG, 26' x 52" Intex Ultra Frame, vinyl, 14667 gal. And LOVING it!!! Hayward S15922S 1HP, 2SP pump and Hayward S220T Sand Filter. Hard plumbed with PVC, added second return, intex SWG, Hydro Pool widemouth skimmer. Set up in May 2012!
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    Re: I am now a water snob

    My daughter's little friend said my pool's water looked cleaner than the local country club's pool.
    I was pretty tickled to hear that!
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    Re: I am now a water snob

    Me too!
    My three friends have their TF-100 kits now and I'm sure they will be too!

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    I now suffer from Sparklypoolitis! :whoot:
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    Re: I am now a water snob

    This is one of the reasons we didn't go to camp this year. We went the last 2 years, and the pool there isn't anywhere near sparkly. First year, I took my swim test & that was it. Last year I don't think I even did that.
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    Re: I am now a water snob

    I too have sparklypoolitis. I use to love to go to the lake and swim and go tubing. But now I would just rather stay home in my sparkling clear water in my own pool.
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    guilty! we finally have all of our boraxo in (37 boxes) and chems just right, what an amazing difference! I was leery that our already clean water could get better. The "Sparkle" is very evident and the water feels great. When we jump in it's like diving into velvet. Hello my name is Michael and I am a sparkleholic.......
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    Re: I am now a water snob

    Linen,
    I love the "Pool Snobbery Anonymous" "PSA" for short.?

    I think we should vote Kellyann our Honorary PSA President (since she started this thread).
    We could even have a "SparkleyPoolItis" oath.

    Just a rough draft:

    I do blindingly (you know, cause the pool sparkles) promise to maintain a pool SOooo sparkly that mere mortals will not be able to contain their awe. I promise to swim in my sparkly pool while they run helter skelter to the pool stores in search of that miracle fix that will not correct their problems yet will cost them lots of moola. I further promise to impart the TFP way to any and all that will listen cause no one likes to be pool stored.


    Just for the record, I got mildly pool stored last year myself and was ever so happy to find TFP!
    Dadgum, I gotta say, I love this place!
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    AG, 26' x 52" Intex Ultra Frame, vinyl, 14667 gal. And LOVING it!!! Hayward S15922S 1HP, 2SP pump and Hayward S220T Sand Filter. Hard plumbed with PVC, added second return, intex SWG, Hydro Pool widemouth skimmer. Set up in May 2012!
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    Re: I am now a water snob

    I too am in the SPA...

    The pool I maintain is so clear you can easily read a coin on the bottom - if you don't have my poor vision! My daughter and a friend recently had a sleepover and swam in the pool; the next day they went to the other girls house and swam in their (say Ewwwwwww) GREEN & CLOUDY AGP. The pool was so nasty that my daughter went under water (remember AGP) and they couldn't see her and she kept popping up to scare them! She didn't tell this to me until the next day (today) while she was swimming in our pool with the same unwashed bathing suit!!!!! My first reaction was not just that this was gross, nor did I worry over her health (she gets swimmers ear easily), but instead my FIRST concern was that she could have brought the ick to our pool!!!!!

    Is there a 12 step program - I need help! Come to think about it... I'm sure that whatever was living in that nasty pool died of shame the minute it hit our water!
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