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    OMG! I got it all over me!!!

    So, on my 4th year of having a pool and using the TFP method, I just started filtering my pool last week.

    First year was great, crystal clear, kids were in awe, wife made me my favorite dish at least once a week. Babies smiled, neighbors envied.
    Second year there was a little cloudiness. I vacuumed more and made excuses about the kids not bathing.
    Third year was more of a battle; constant cloudiness, but tests were all in range. I replaced the finger system (which did have a 3" crack on the main shaft) in an attempt to get the pile of sand to stop accumulating in the center. Vacuum to Waste. A lot. I make the kids bath 3x a day, just in case it really is them.

    Fourth year, after opening, filling, backwashing, I was waiting on the Rinse and, out of boredom, started reading all the options on the pump head...
    "Winter. Close. Backwash. Recirculate. Rinse. Filter?!? Wonder what that does. Waaaaiiit.... there ain't no way..." A quick Google sealed it. I'm an idiot.
    I had been recirculating (read: NOT FILTERING, BYPASSING THE SAND ENTIRELY) for 3 years. After I got done kicking myself in the butt, I started patting myself on the back for keeping it so clean for so long... w/o Filtering. AT ALL!

    12 hours on the filter cycle and my pool is the crystal clear oasis TFP first showed me how to maintain.

    I'm putting this here just in case someone else (I really hope not) is as minor-detail-challenged as I can be.


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    Re: OMG! I got it all over me!!!

    Would it be mean to laugh a little

    Especially at this part:
    Quote Originally Posted by Quinsee
    I make the kids bath 3x a day, just in case it really is them.
    Glad it's now as clear as it should be!
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    Re: OMG! I got it all over me!!!



    Nice work on keep the pool mostly clear for the last 3 years
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    Re: OMG! I got it all over me!!!

    You had to tell someone, so it was us, because your wife would never let you live it down, right?

    Now go scrounge a old margarine tub full of DE from a neighbor to add to the filter and really wow people.
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    Re: OMG! I got it all over me!!!

    ROFL! Thanks for the laugh!! Hopefully your wife will start making your favorite dish again and your kids can stop bathing 3 times a day..that is if they have any flesh left.
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    Re: OMG! I got it all over me!!!

    Read? What is that says my husband. Just think how easy it will be NOW!

    HUGS!
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    Re: OMG! I got it all over me!!!

    FACE Palm..........Oooh no.

    Hey Man, that takes guts to admit here for sure. Good thing you figured it out and didn't wait three more years!
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    Re: OMG! I got it all over me!!!

    Thanks for the support, all. I deserve all the razzing you can dish out.
    I'll look into the DE, Richard, as I don't entirely understand how it can improve see-all-the-way-across-underwater-without-goggles.
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    I laughed out loud!! All by my lonesome--the dogs looked at me as if I were crazy.
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    Re: OMG! I got it all over me!!!

    Quinsee,

    That story made my day! I laughed out loud! I remember back in the 80's when I got my first personal computer. After several months of using it I noticed a button on front that said Turbo. I pressed it and voila! Super speedy computer. This was back in the day of 80486 processors, if anyone knows what that is. I had been running the bloody thing in slow mode which was for older game compatibility. Lesson learned. Thanks for the laugh.

    Good luck,

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    Re: OMG! I got it all over me!!!

    You can frequently get a smaller (10 pound) bag of "Filter Aid" DE from Wal-Mart.

    I wonder if cellulose would also work. Smaller bag, easier to use. Should only need a 1/2 cup or so per dosing via skimmer. 3 pound bad is about $20 and you can get smaller bags online and in stores (not that I have seen the inside of too many LPS lately).
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    Haha, good story! Glad it was an easy fix.
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    I'm a new pool owner, have no clue what you're talking about, but I had a chuckle myself. Been there, done that in other situations.
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    Re: OMG! I got it all over me!!!

    I just have to wonder what you really thought of BBB'ing, since you never actually achieve sparkly oasis for the past two years. Did you think we were all nuts?
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    Re: OMG! I got it all over me!!!

    After I got done kicking myself in the butt, I started patting myself on the back for keeping it so clean for so long... w/o Filtering. AT ALL!
    You are amazing to have been able to do that!

    Now, I also want to thank you for the entertainment
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    Re: OMG! I got it all over me!!!

    We've all done something similar. The best learned lessons are the hard ones.

    I was repairing our washing machine. Got it fixed, but it wouldn't spin. It spun before I worked on it, and the repair had nothing to do with that part of the washer. Worked on it for 3 days, no matter what...it wouldn't spin. I was about to throw in the towel and call a repairman. The wife walked by, put down the lid and it took off spinning....

    I still hear about that one every now and then.
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    Re: OMG! I got it all over me!!!

    Don't be so hard on yourself. You maybe on to an important cost savings idea here, and we may all be thanking you soon. You now know what you can get by with by no filtering - saving money on DE. I would try other combinations. For example, try running with the filter on, but leave the pump off. Could save some significant bucks on electricity.

    Honestly - we've all been there, done that. It's an occasional, but unavoidable, side effect of our DIY mentality.

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    Re: OMG! I got it all over me!!!

    I loved this post. It's such an easy mistake. I think it's cool that you shared it with us.

    We've all done those types of mistakes. Every. single. one. of. us.
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    Re: OMG! I got it all over me!!!

    I did one yesterday, I was reading email on my work computer and went to reply an email. I clicked the reply button....nothing. I clicked it again... Nothing. Restarted the computer , no change

    I sent the help desk an email, they replied but I could not reply. The technician. Came and looked at my computer, the email server, the server logs.... Nothing.

    Ok, will go back to work and try again letter. So I reached over and turned on my second monitor, there were my reply windows for all those messages.... D'oh!!! Problem solved by a power switch.

    The worst part, I have 20 years experience as a help desk tech.
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    Re: OMG! I got it all over me!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Thimble
    We've all done something similar. The best learned lessons are the hard ones.

    I was repairing our washing machine. Got it fixed, but it wouldn't spin. It spun before I worked on it, and the repair had nothing to do with that part of the washer. Worked on it for 3 days, no matter what...it wouldn't spin. I was about to throw in the towel and call a repairman. The wife walked by, put down the lid and it took off spinning....

    I still hear about that one every now and then.
    This reminds me of my old washing machine, it had some sort of issue where it would never drain and go to spin cycle if you allowed it to fill up all the way with the lid open (it would start the wash cycle though). If you closed the lid while it was still filling everything would be fine. Over the years a several times other people (house guests, neighbors with broken washing machines, etc.) would use my machine and most of the time even though I told them the above story they would let it fill up all the way with the lid open, then be shocked when they checked back to find their load of laundry sitting soaking in dirty water.

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