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    Brand New Pool owner with some questions

    I just bought a foreclosed house in the northern suburbs of Philadelphia, Pa. Either the previous owner, or bank drained the Viking Caribbean fiberglass pool and it heaved and split end to end. I choose to build a whole new plaster pool and deck, and it was filled 3 weeks ago. I have been brushing everyday (usually twice a day) and adding chlorine and muratic acid, as needed by the test strips the pool company gave me.

    They gave me chlorine tabs to add to the chlorinator, and they told me i could start to vacuum after 3 weeks. I have a lot of built up leaves from a giant nearby oak tree. Should I invest in a robot? The pool company did add a sweep line into the pool.

    Should i also be running my pomp at 75% 24-7?

    I ordered the TS-100 test kit.
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    25,000 Gal, Plaster, IG, Auto CL, Waterfall, IntelFlo VS Pump, Dolphin DX6 Robot, TF 100 test kit, Merlin Safety Cover Lots of Trees!, South Eastern Pa

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    Re: Brand New Pool owner with some questions

    Welcome to the forum.
    I have been brushing everyday (usually twice a day) and adding chlorine and muratic acid, as needed by the test strips the pool company gave me
    . I think your best bet is to continue that routine for now. When your kit gets in, open it right up and perform the tests and post the results. We'll all help you get things in balance.

    Hold on the robot/cleaner for now. It's a decision that involves you getting to know your pool a bit better.

    NICE pool!
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    Re: Brand New Pool owner with some questions

    Great looking pool!!! Welcome to TFP!!!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

    24' Sharkline Venture De Filter

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    Re: Brand New Pool owner with some questions

    welcome... I'm new to the forum as well and I have to say these guys have help me out a ton. Also, I live in the suburbs of Philly as well in Bucks County. Let me know if you ever need any help.

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    Re: Brand New Pool owner with some questions

    Thanks, It's tough to wait.
    25,000 Gal, Plaster, IG, Auto CL, Waterfall, IntelFlo VS Pump, Dolphin DX6 Robot, TF 100 test kit, Merlin Safety Cover Lots of Trees!, South Eastern Pa

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    Re: Brand New Pool owner with some questions

    You will learn P.O.P.P very quickly then. Pool Owner Patience and Persistence!
    15'x48" 4500 gallon Intex pool, buried 1.5 ft. Pac-Fab Dynamo 3/4 hp pump. Hayward S180T sand filter, bought used. Taylor K-2006 test kit. Rocket mass heater based wood fired pool heater.

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    Re: Brand New Pool owner with some questions

    This forum has made me an expert compared to my friends with pools. I have almost considered changing my line f work after three days of nonstop reading. It all seems a bit overwhelming, but once you get it right it's simple maintenance.

    24'x54'' AG
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    Re: Brand New Pool owner with some questions


    This is what I started with.
    This is what I have now, a little vacuuming and I can start swimming. Patients is the key.

    24'x54'' AG
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    150lb Hayward sand filter
    1.5hp pump
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    Re: Brand New Pool owner with some questions

    How long do I have to wait to get a Cleaner?
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    Re: Brand New Pool owner with some questions

    Wait the three weeks the plasterer suggested. You can get one any time you like but I wouldn't put it in the pool before then.
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    Re: Brand New Pool owner with some questions

    It has been 3 weeks yesterday. I was thinking about a robotic cleaner, so i can run it at night. Is that a good approach to keeping the floor and walls clean, or is it better to run while the pumps are on?
    25,000 Gal, Plaster, IG, Auto CL, Waterfall, IntelFlo VS Pump, Dolphin DX6 Robot, TF 100 test kit, Merlin Safety Cover Lots of Trees!, South Eastern Pa

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