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    Man, I HATE this BBB stuff...

    So we pulled the cover off today for our first official "opening" as pool owners, and LOOK at this mess we found!





    A bit of dirt at the bottom from a brief upset with the cover...other than that, nothing but nice clear water.

    Filling now, will backwash the filter then fire things up, and start water testing, but really don't anticipate anything will be too far out of whack.

    Thanks, BBB gang!
    -Gordon
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    Remember, the Shock Process should be followed until : 1. CC is less than 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT shows a loss of 1.0 ppm or less and, 3. The water is crystal clear.
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    Re: Man, I HATE this BBB stuff...

    Congrats to you, Gordon, for having the patience to learn what we teach and then applying (perfectly) what you have learned.
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    Re: Man, I HATE this BBB stuff...

    Thanks, Dave!

    I really have to say for all the good info around here. The pool was an absolute joy all summer last year for our first season, rather than a "chore", and promises to be so again this year.

    Obviously, we've got some vacuuming and skimming and testing to do...but this was a very rewarding first "opening", to be sure!

    I'll update as we get everything filled and up and running for season 2.
    -Gordon
    Pool School helps me maintain my 13,500G 24' x 48" ASP with Sand Filtration using a TF100 Test Kit and Pool Calculator.
    Remember, the Shock Process should be followed until : 1. CC is less than 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT shows a loss of 1.0 ppm or less and, 3. The water is crystal clear.
    --I didn't buy my pool to swim in it. I bought my pool to watch my wife swim in it. :wink:

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    Re: Man, I HATE this BBB stuff...

    Good job!
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    Re: Man, I HATE this BBB stuff...

    Filling is almost done this morning (need about another 1" of water or so) and the numbers are...well...it's kinda ridiculous that they look this good.

    • Temp : 58* F[/*:m:10rdtvar]
    • FC : 2.5 (Been filling 10" or so with city water, and emptied a gallon or so of Chlorox into it last night when I started the fill)[/*:m:10rdtvar]
    • CC : 0.0[/*:m:10rdtvar]
    • TA : 80[/*:m:10rdtvar]
    • CYA : 40[/*:m:10rdtvar]
    • pH : 7.4-7.5 (just a HINT yellower than the 7.5 mark)[/*:m:10rdtvar]


    In short...I'm gonna go buy some bleach, turn on the pump and vacuum, and call it opened.
    -Gordon
    Pool School helps me maintain my 13,500G 24' x 48" ASP with Sand Filtration using a TF100 Test Kit and Pool Calculator.
    Remember, the Shock Process should be followed until : 1. CC is less than 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT shows a loss of 1.0 ppm or less and, 3. The water is crystal clear.
    --I didn't buy my pool to swim in it. I bought my pool to watch my wife swim in it. :wink:

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    Re: Man, I HATE this BBB stuff...

    A bit of vacuuming today, a gallon of 10% just to be aggressive, and about 6 hours of filtrering now, aaaaaaaaaaaaand...



    -Gordon
    Pool School helps me maintain my 13,500G 24' x 48" ASP with Sand Filtration using a TF100 Test Kit and Pool Calculator.
    Remember, the Shock Process should be followed until : 1. CC is less than 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT shows a loss of 1.0 ppm or less and, 3. The water is crystal clear.
    --I didn't buy my pool to swim in it. I bought my pool to watch my wife swim in it. :wink:

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    Re: Man, I HATE this BBB stuff...

    Quote Originally Posted by gboulton
    A bit of vacuuming today, a gallon of 10% just to be aggressive, and about 6 hours of filtrering now, aaaaaaaaaaaaand...



    Not to nitpick or anything, but that pool would look better with a few bikini models in it.

    Just sayin'
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    Re: Man, I HATE this BBB stuff...

    I've gotten used to having a wide mouth skimmer, the regular size ones look tiny to me now! Beautiful pool and I agree with Richard
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    Re: Man, I HATE this BBB stuff...

    I am embarrassed for you ... clearly you have no idea what you are doing as far as pool maintenance

    Nice work
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    Re: Man, I HATE this BBB stuff...

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320
    Not to nitpick or anything, but that pool would look better with a few bikini models in it.
    The wife might be talked into a nice swimsuit...but I don't think she'd go for the whole implication of "models" plural.

    Vette and Jason, thanks for the kind words! Compliments like that make all this hard work (2 hours) and thousands of dollars ($4.95) of pool chemicals worth it.
    -Gordon
    Pool School helps me maintain my 13,500G 24' x 48" ASP with Sand Filtration using a TF100 Test Kit and Pool Calculator.
    Remember, the Shock Process should be followed until : 1. CC is less than 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT shows a loss of 1.0 ppm or less and, 3. The water is crystal clear.
    --I didn't buy my pool to swim in it. I bought my pool to watch my wife swim in it. :wink:

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    Re: Man, I HATE this BBB stuff...

    BBB is a terrible thing..............for the pool chemical stores.

    Even at 58 degrees that pool looks inviting.
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    Re: Man, I HATE this BBB stuff...

    Thanks, John.

    It's up to 63 this morning! Gonna have to fire up the spray-bar soon.
    -Gordon
    Pool School helps me maintain my 13,500G 24' x 48" ASP with Sand Filtration using a TF100 Test Kit and Pool Calculator.
    Remember, the Shock Process should be followed until : 1. CC is less than 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT shows a loss of 1.0 ppm or less and, 3. The water is crystal clear.
    --I didn't buy my pool to swim in it. I bought my pool to watch my wife swim in it. :wink:

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    Re: Man, I HATE this BBB stuff...

    You're welcome Gordon. Good work should be acknowledged.

    My pool was 74 this morning. One advantage of living in central Texas.
    Gonna have 40 people over this weekend for a baby shower so I'll probably have to nudge it up (FC and temp) for the unwashed and thin skinned!

    Update: Me and my big mouth. It is supposed to hit a record low (high 30's) around here tonight and tomorrow. Time to stoke the heater and prepare for a big natural gas bill (cheaper than divorce).
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    Re: Man, I HATE this BBB stuff...

    Looks great. On my first season with our pool and already had my niece and nephew in the water at 58 degree too. Water is up to about 65 now and I am hoping we can get it to the high 70s in three weeks when we have a party. I have some rigged up heating systems to help nudge it along. Crossing my fingers...
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    Re: Man, I HATE this BBB stuff...

    What I hate the most is I have a dozen bottles of clarifier that the pool store sold me before switching last year that are just sitting on the shelf now of no use. I just don't feel like I'm pouring enough stuff into the pool anymore!

    Looks great!
    Neil

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    Re: Man, I HATE this BBB stuff...

    Quote Originally Posted by nthole
    I just don't feel like I'm pouring enough stuff into the pool anymore!
    That made me laugh thanks ...and this thread title sure caught my attention
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    Re: Man, I HATE this BBB stuff...

    Had to get rid of my pool store welcoming kit of clarifier and phosfree sorry pool store, ain't buying it!
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    Re: Man, I HATE this BBB stuff...

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320
    Not to nitpick or anything, but that pool would look better with a few bikini models in it.

    Just sayin'


    Seriously though gboulton, Great Job Your experiences mirror mine. Those who take the leap of faith and question the "conventional wisdom" are justly rewarded.
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