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    Testing at the pool store

    Hi Guys,

    I am new to this forum but have been taking care of my own pool for 9 yrs now. I generally have done a good job. Now for the confessions: I usually use the test strips and bring a sample to the pool store every few weeks. I use Pinch-a-penny - they seem to do a good job and the numbers seem to correspond well to what I am seeing in the pool and on my test strips. It is a very busy store and they crank out a lot of testing and seem to be very proficient at it. What do you think? I know I am being a bit lazy and probably should be testing myself.

    My Pool - 50 by 18 with 8 ft spa, gunite, approx 40K gal, 2-Aquarite 40K salt generators, Jandy 60sqft De filter and an ozone generator. Due to heavy rains and just getting back from a long vacation, stabilizer is currently low (20ppm). pH 7.5, total chlorine 4.0ppm, fc -4.0, CC -0, TA-70ppm, CH-325ppm, salt 3200ppm. I have just developed some small green spots of algae in the deep end. I am thinking about adding borates after reading here. Thanks for any comments or thoughts - Dan
    Dan's Pool: 40K gal gunite pool - 50 by 18 and 8ft spa, 2 Aquarite 40K SWG, Aquamatic pool cover (rarely used), 60sq ft De filter (Jandy), Heat Pump and Gas heater (rarely used), O3 generator, just started borates

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    Re: Testing at the pool store

    Welcome to tfp, sullid01

    Quote Originally Posted by sullid01
    What do you think? I know I am being a bit lazy and probably should be testing myself.
    Sounds like you already know what we think

    Many people get by with the method you have gotten by with...until something goes wrong. The method taught on here prevents people from that, and also helps people fix it when it does go wrong.

    Quote Originally Posted by sullid01
    I have just developed some small green spots of algae in the deep end.
    You need to do the shocking process...and you will need an appropriate test kit to do it efficiently. I like the tf-100, fast shipping and most bang for buck.
    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: Testing at the pool store

    I guess the main disadvantage to the pool store testing is you just don't do it as much as you should. I am planning a shock treatment and to get a good test kit. I am also going to add borates to the pool. Time for some scrubbing. Just bought the Tf-100 - Thanks - Dan
    Dan's Pool: 40K gal gunite pool - 50 by 18 and 8ft spa, 2 Aquarite 40K SWG, Aquamatic pool cover (rarely used), 60sq ft De filter (Jandy), Heat Pump and Gas heater (rarely used), O3 generator, just started borates

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    Re: Testing at the pool store

    Quote Originally Posted by sullid01
    I guess the main disadvantage to the pool store testing is you just don't do it as much as you should.
    And results tend to be very inconsitent.

    Quote Originally Posted by sullid01
    I am planning a shock treatment and to get a good test kit.
    Good idea on the test kit...for the shocking process, make sure you read the link I posted above. Shocking is not a treatment, but a process of raising your FC level appropriately high and holding it there until you pass all three end of shocking criteria.

    Quote Originally Posted by sullid01
    Just bought the Tf-100
    Now your dangerous ...to those organics in your pool.
    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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