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    First pool ever.

    Been promising my two boys since .....for ever. Finally pulled the trigger and ordered:

    15x42 (I have 9 and 5 yrs boys) pool. It's on the way
    Intex sand filter, on the way also
    Intex SWG, already received it.

    Planing to level the ground this weekend. The previous home owner had pool so the ground is ok but it's not really level much.

    Been reading this site like crazy. Hopefully, everything will go smoothly.

    Thanks for this web site.
    Summer Escape 4k gal-AG
    Intex sand filter 1600 GPH
    Intex SWG model 54601
    Taylor K2006 kit & Taylor Salt Water Test Kit K-1766
    Installed 4/29/13

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    Re: First pool ever.

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    As you have likely read, make sure you dig down the high parts to level the ground and not add fill to the low parts.

    And ordering one of the recommended test kits now before you have the pool setup will have you ready to start with accurate information.
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    Re: First pool ever.

    Thanks for the welcome.

    I can see the test kit in your sig. What test kit do I need for SW? The last one?
    Summer Escape 4k gal-AG
    Intex sand filter 1600 GPH
    Intex SWG model 54601
    Taylor K2006 kit & Taylor Salt Water Test Kit K-1766
    Installed 4/29/13

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    Re: First pool ever.

    X2 on digging to level. If anything is filled in the weight of the water will compact it better then we can. Sand will shift and or wash out. Upgrading the filter & getting a GOOD test kit were my 2 best investments, they've paid for themselves. My pool only turned green because I allowed it to get away from me, and I didn't chase it. I knew what was coming but at the time I couldn't get to it.

    Welcome aboard, read pool school & don't worry if it seems confusing or doesn't all make sense. Just keep reading posts here, and things will fall into place one issue at a time. Then if you go back and read it again, you'll have a better understanding of it.
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    Re: First pool ever.

    Use a transit or a 4' level taped to a board to get the site level, the human eye can't determine true level, it's a safety issue for family.

    Hope it all goes well!
    20' X 54" Sharkline Matrix Resin AGP, 9400 Gallons, Sta-Rite 1 HP Dynamo Pump, 150 lb Pentair Sand Filter, Gorilla Pad,
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    Re: First pool ever.

    Either the K-2006 or the TF-100 are good ... TF-100 is a better value, better warranty, better service, etc.

    Either kit is for chlorine pools, a SWG pool is a chlorine pool. The only thing you might consider adding would be a salt level test (or you could trust the pool store for that) ... well and the Speedstir just makes the testing faster, easier, and more accurate.
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    Re: First pool ever.

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle
    Either the K-2006 or the TF-100 are good ... TF-100 is a better value, better warranty, better service, etc.
    Not true! Dave provides the same service for both kits
    Aaron
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    Re: First pool ever.

    Quote Originally Posted by Speedo
    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle
    Either the K-2006 or the TF-100 are good ... TF-100 is a better value, better warranty, better service, etc.
    Not true! Dave provides the same service for both kits
    OK fair enough ... if you buy the K-2006 from tftestkits.net you get the same service
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    Re: First pool ever.

    Congrats on the new pool. I recently bought a home and inherited a pool myself. Still getting all the information I need as well as becoming glued to this site practically. Lots to read and lots of great info. This site is definitely becoming a saving grace.
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