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    4 hard days...worth it.

    Hey everyone,

    I recently took on the task of turning my mother-in-laws swamp into a pool and thought I would share. Stabilizer, algicide, acid, shock, shock, shock, shock, and removing the ridiculous piles of algae was the key. I ended up filling about 6 large contractors bags full of algae in the process.

    I lurked here for a few days, and learned a lot from the threads I read through.
    Cleaned the filter before and after, and was backwashing about every 6 hours.

    Now to start on the landscaping and rest of the backyard.
    Thanks for the help!

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    Re: 4 hard days...worth it.

    Well done.
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    Re: 4 hard days...worth it.

    Mr. Blue:

    Great job What a turnaround in a short time.

    Stabilizer, algicide,...
    Going forward, I would use only liquid bleach as the chlorine source and dose according the the Chlorine/CYA chart (see link in my sig). That alone will prevent another algae infestation. Algaecides are completely unnecessary and some (in particular the copper-based algaecides) can do more harm than good with prolonged use by causing metal staining.
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    Re: 4 hard days...worth it.

    Quote Originally Posted by BoDarville
    Mr. Blue:

    Great job What a turnaround in a short time.

    Stabilizer, algicide,...
    Going forward, I would use only liquid bleach as the chlorine source and dose according the the Chlorine/CYA chart (see link in my sig). That alone will prevent another algae infestation. Algaecides are completely unnecessary and some (in particular the copper-based algaecides) can do more harm than good with prolonged use by causing metal staining.
    Thanks!

    Yeah, I've been looking into the BBB method. I have little experience with pools (until now), so I had to rely on my local pool store for help with this task.
    At the moment, the only thing in the pool (chemical wise) is the chlorine floater. I tested the water last night (and took it to the pool store for a second opinion) and all the levels are good now.

    Now I just need the water to warm up a bit!
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    Re: 4 hard days...worth it.

    That oughta be worth a few brownie points!
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    Re: 4 hard days...worth it.

    Started taking the ugly rocks off today. Here's an updated photo.


    [attachment=0joels3y]ImageUploadedByTapatalk 21370105935.866253.jpg[/attachmentjoels3y]

    Next, we're going to retile the top 9 inches inside the pool and figure out what we want to do with the trim around the pool.

    I'll keep updating with photos.
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    Looks so much better without those rocks around the edge. Great job !

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    Wow! That is inspiring! Thanks for sharing the pics!
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    Thanks!

    We got the gross mustard colored tiles off. Now getting ready to retile.

    [attachment=0:1u1p8jtt]ImageUploadedByTapatalk 21370126999.088872.jpg[/attachment:1u1p8jtt]
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    Re: 4 hard days...worth it.

    Now- now seeing on a bigger screen- that is truly impressive! And a lovely shaped pool by the way. I do love the "lagoon" style pools. I guess they are more expensive to design or install? But I know a lot of the big rectangles like mine were built 30 years ago.

    Beautiful job!


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    Re: 4 hard days...worth it.

    I'm not sure. This pool is over 40 years old, so I have no idea what the cost was to build it.
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    Re: 4 hard days...worth it.

    So glad to see those rocks removed! It looks so much better without them!
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    Re: 4 hard days...worth it.

    Thanks. The tile finally came in today, so hopefully I'll be starting on that in the morning.
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    Re: 4 hard days...worth it.

    Looks 100X better without the rocks. Probably a little safer too..seems like the rocks stuck up a little, and were a tripping hazard.

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    Re: 4 hard days...worth it.

    Update.

    Got the new "tile" in over the weekend. Had a little trouble cutting the glass, but it's ok for now. We also filled in some of the cracked concrete.

    Next, we will lay travertine around the edge. That is the plan, anyway. Also looking into a spray deck...so we may even out the glass and go all the way to the pool. Still exploring options there.

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    Re: 4 hard days...worth it.

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    Re: 4 hard days...worth it.

    nice work

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    Re: 4 hard days...worth it.

    Beautiful improvements.
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    soon to repair (dead) SWG AquaRite T-15 cell, 2005, and replace (dead) suction-side cleaner, 2005.
    Almost everything died this winter 2012-'13, and I know we shouldn't complain... but, Arrgh!

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    Re: 4 hard days...worth it.

    I love the tile you chose for the waterline! Are you a DIY-er or professional tile person? I've been wondering about re-doing our waterline tile ourselves and having someone come replaster our pool for us, but haven't gotten the guts worked up for it yet.
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    Very nice


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