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    TheNthTraveler

    Greetings all from central Oklahoma!

    Just thought I would introduce myself. I've been a pool owner for over 5 years, and was about to be the owner of a bigger back yard (yep; I was ready to fill that puppy in!).

    When we bought this house, our family thought "Great! Our own pool!"

    But over the past years:
    * Being told by a pool store to keep putting shock (I know, shock is a process, but that's what the pool stores called it) in the pool because we supposedly had mustard algae, and the water got browner and browner (Pool store: You need more shock and some algaecide!) until we go to another pool store, and they say: "Are you on well water? With lots of iron? Try this chelating agent." After the chelating agent: the water is clear as a bell two days later!
    * Let's try not to cover the pool for the winter one year (bad idea!). Result: An unbelievably difficult pool to clean!
    * Having a clear pool until one day, all of the sudden, the pool looks like the aquarium I had as a 9 year old (it wasn't a pretty aquarium). Thanks chlorine pucks!
    * Being told by another pool store that your pool's phosphates level is too high, and sold a $60 bottle of stuff, only to find out (from this website) that sufficient levels of sanitizer will keep phosphates from turning into algae (I could have bought a nice test kit... )
    * I could go on, but I know everybody has a life...

    Then one day I was poking around on the web, and discovered this web site. Great web site! I lurked around reading the forums, and discovered the BBB method. Freedom!!! (from over-priced pool chemicals 20 miles from home). Knowledge!!! (not using chlorine tablets, finally understanding Cl/CYA relationships, etc.)

    Based on my past experiences, if I bought a new house today, it probably would not have a pool. But I have one now, and my kids love it. Hopefully with this web site and its members help I can at least not go broke financing a pool store owner's vacation in the Bahamas single-handedly while having a great looking pool.

    And who knows, maybe I'll finally warm up to it...

    Anyway, I am looking forward to participating in your forums, hopefully learning a lot and even maybe helping out those less knowledgeable than me (that may take a while though )

    The Nth Traveler
    TheNthTraveler
    16'x32' Rectangular, 22KGal IG, Vinyl, A.O. Smith SQ1102 1HP Single Speed, PacFab Nautilus NS-36 DE Filter (72 GPM), Hayward Vari-Flo Valve, Intermatic T104R Timer, central Oklahoma (lots of sun) using well water (lots of iron)

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    Re: TheNthTraveler

    Welcome!

    So...did you buy a test kit yet?
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
    A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!

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    Re: TheNthTraveler

    Welcome to the forum. Glad you are here.
    Dave S.
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Re: TheNthTraveler

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320
    Welcome!

    So...did you buy a test kit yet?
    Not yet... I have a BioGuard kit that can do Free and Total Chlorine as well as pH and Total Alkalinity. Going to try to use it up before I get the TF-100 or Taylor K-2006.

    As long as I have my kids or wife to help read the colors, I'm okay. Looking forward to using titration over the color matching. I also plan to get the magnetic stirrer.

    I also had a WalMart HTC with the CYA test. It was showing about 30. I been going through about 1 96oz jug of 6.0% bleach a day. Is that normal?
    TheNthTraveler
    16'x32' Rectangular, 22KGal IG, Vinyl, A.O. Smith SQ1102 1HP Single Speed, PacFab Nautilus NS-36 DE Filter (72 GPM), Hayward Vari-Flo Valve, Intermatic T104R Timer, central Oklahoma (lots of sun) using well water (lots of iron)

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    Re: TheNthTraveler

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    Welcome to the forum. Glad you are here.
    Thanks. I appreciate that!
    TheNthTraveler
    16'x32' Rectangular, 22KGal IG, Vinyl, A.O. Smith SQ1102 1HP Single Speed, PacFab Nautilus NS-36 DE Filter (72 GPM), Hayward Vari-Flo Valve, Intermatic T104R Timer, central Oklahoma (lots of sun) using well water (lots of iron)

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    Re: TheNthTraveler

    Oh, and by the way.

    Since I found this web site, I've been using the BBB method exclusively a short time after the opening of the pool (I wish I hadn't bought the Trichlor tabs at first).

    Fortunately, I went to this fantastic pool school here and saw the dangers of CYA buildup due to Trichlor before I had used too many of the tabs.

    Headed off to Wally-world, and started buying Clorox 121oz at 8.25% @ $3.49. Later I discovered Aldi's has their generic 6% bleach for $1.29/96oz, which I believe is a much better deal.

    Result: A great looking pool except for a small amount of leaves in the deep end.

    Thanks again for all the great information!
    TheNthTraveler
    16'x32' Rectangular, 22KGal IG, Vinyl, A.O. Smith SQ1102 1HP Single Speed, PacFab Nautilus NS-36 DE Filter (72 GPM), Hayward Vari-Flo Valve, Intermatic T104R Timer, central Oklahoma (lots of sun) using well water (lots of iron)

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