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    TFP recommended in July issue of The Costco Connection

    I was just looking through the current issue of Costco's magazine, The Costco Connection. They have an article about saving money by maintaining your own pool. The article starts off well enough by quoting a pool owner who says he has saved up to $1000 a year doing his own mainainance. The pool owner recommends the TFP website for it's forums and tutorials. Unfortunately, the article gets a bit iffy when it quotes the CEO of a pool maintenance company recommending algaecide and shock.
    Hopefully, the magazines readers will give more value to the advice of the pool owner who saved money instead of the advice of the pool maintainece company who makes money selling chemicals.
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    Re: TFP recommended in July issue of The Costco Connection

    Wow! It actually got published. Good thing the server just got upgraded.

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    Re: TFP recommended in July issue of The Costco Connection

    Here's a link to the Costco Connection article.
    http://www.costcoconnection.com/conn...e.action?pg=72

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    Re: TFP recommended in July issue of The Costco Connection

    It is good to know the word is spreading.
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    Re: TFP recommended in July issue of The Costco Connection

    I just read the article this evening. Started off well, then ended...not so well. Use pucks and "shock" once a week? lol
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    Re: TFP recommended in July issue of The Costco Connection

    Even that is a huge change from where things were ten years ago. Nothing we teach here would ever have appears a newsletter like that one ten years ago.
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    Re: TFP recommended in July issue of The Costco Connection

    My sister and family arrived from Chicago last night and she had clipped and brought with her the article from the Costco publication.

    Our now famous (infamous?) JasonLion is the lead quote and we can all say we knew him back when...

    Jason's post above points out just how far we've come in the last ten years. We're swimmin' upstream, too, because the established Pool Industry is not helped by the factual, common sense approach we have developed.

    Viva la revolucion!!
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    Re: TFP recommended in July issue of The Costco Connection

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    My sister and family arrived from Chicago last night and she had clipped and brought with her the article from the Costco publication.

    Our now famous (infamous?) JasonLion is the lead quote and we can all say we knew him back when...

    Jason's post above points out just how far we've come in the last ten years. We're swimmin' upstream, too, because the established Pool Industry is not helped by the factual, common sense approach we have developed.

    Viva la revolucion!!

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    Re: TFP recommended in July issue of The Costco Connection

    Another thought....

    Publications are constantly on the lookout for stories with a different perspective and we certainly have one to tell. Those of you that don't mind the spotlight might contact your local paper to see if there is interest in our "alternative" story using the Grocery Store rather than the Pool Store.

    Who knows? You and JasonLion may be rubbing shoulders with the "glitterati" before you know it.
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    Re: TFP recommended in July issue of The Costco Connection

    That is truly amazing. Wonder what further responses they will receive? Costco is responsible for selling LOTS of stabilized chlorine along with algaecide and stuff. Curious to know what else, if anything, their vendors will say.

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    Re: TFP recommended in July issue of The Costco Connection

    In my pre BBB days, Costco was were I got my Triclor tabs, they were by far the cheapest. Nice thing about Costco is that, since pool chemicals are probably not a big portion of thier bottom line and they do appear to be looking out for their members, they can afford to be more objective.
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    Re: TFP recommended in July issue of The Costco Connection

    Overall I think it is good, too bad there is that trichlor paragraph, but the important thing is the saving money and link are at the beginning of the article, lots of people will stop reading after a couple of paragraphs. Also the side bar says to test pH, CL and CYA weekly and gives a acceptable range, while not exactly our suggestions it at least puts an upper limit on CYA at 70 ppm.

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    Re: TFP recommended in July issue of The Costco Connection

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    Our now famous (infamous?) JasonLion is the lead quote and we can all say we knew him back when...

    Jason's post above points out just how far we've come in the last ten years. We're swimmin' upstream, too, because the established Pool Industry is not helped by the factual, common sense approach we have developed.

    Viva la revolucion!!
    I guess I should have been able to figure out that it was our JasonLion from the name in the article, but I didn't. That helps explain why I'm an engineer and not a police detective.

    Mike
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    Jandy iAqualink with iPad and Jandy PDA remote - Pentair IntelliFlo VS 11018 Pump
    AquaRite SWCG - Pentair SMBW 4060 DE Filter - Really Old Raypak heater
    "Wall-E" an Arneson-Hayward Navigator - A couple of Jandy/Zodiac WaterColors LED Lights - Blue-White F-1000 Flow meter

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    Re: TFP recommended in July issue of The Costco Connection

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    Another thought....

    Publications are constantly on the lookout for stories with a different perspective and we certainly have one to tell. Those of you that don't mind the spotlight might contact your local paper to see if there is interest in our "alternative" story using the Grocery Store rather than the Pool Store.

    Who knows? You and JasonLion may be rubbing shoulders with the "glitterati" before you know it.
    duraleigh - I think you should think bigger. Why don't you contact Intex and get mentions in their manuals? You could even develop an Intex Test Kit that just has FAS-DPD, pH, and CYA (and maybe salt strips for the SWGers) for one season. To my knowledge Intex does not market chemicals or testing supplies, so it seems like a natural union - they should want people to learn to care for their pools so they don't just take them down and sell them cheap on craigslist after one season.

    Or maybe Chlorox and TFP should explore hooking up.
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    Re: TFP recommended in July issue of The Costco Connection

    Quote Originally Posted by crek31
    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    Another thought....

    Publications are constantly on the lookout for stories with a different perspective and we certainly have one to tell. Those of you that don't mind the spotlight might contact your local paper to see if there is interest in our "alternative" story using the Grocery Store rather than the Pool Store.

    Who knows? You and JasonLion may be rubbing shoulders with the "glitterati" before you know it.
    duraleigh - I think you should think bigger. Why don't you contact Intex and get mentions in their manuals? You could even develop an Intex Test Kit that just has FAS-DPD, pH, and CYA (and maybe salt strips for the SWGers) for one season. To my knowledge Intex does not market chemicals or testing supplies, so it seems like a natural union - they should want people to learn to care for their pools so they don't just take them down and sell them cheap on craigslist after one season.

    Or maybe Chlorox and TFP should explore hooking up.

    Not until they lower the price!
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    Re: TFP recommended in July issue of The Costco Connection

    Bleach prices are going to sky rocket
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