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    TFP Newb - First shopping trip.

    Question 1.

    I am getting ready to open up and have decided to give this a go. Need to make a shopping list. How much of the supplies do you keep on hand. Bleach, Borax, Baking Soda etc.

    FYI - I have had a history of "pink slime." Kept it in check last year, but it does show up.

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    What to do if planning a vacation?
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    Re: TFP Newb - First shopping trip.

    I usually have up to 7 gallons on hand at all times being stored in cold dark basement. Baking soda and borax are seldom used. It's all dependent upon your pool. If you provide test results we could possibly help you devise a plan to get things together but until then, I'll just say, some bleach.

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    Re: TFP Newb - First shopping trip.

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    As Casey said, you need to have a good set to test results to know what your pool needs. Most pool owners never need baking soda or borax.

    The TFPC method is really just about understanding your pool’s chemistry and through accurate testing, adding only what the pool NEEDS and not what someone wants to sell you or not some product just because it starts with the letter B.

    So, step one is likely ordering one of the Recommended Test Kits.

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    Re: TFP Newb - First shopping trip.

    +1 on bleach being the primary. All I have on my shelf is a couple of gallons of bleach (which likely won't be needed that SWG is operating with more normal water temps), and some muriatic acid...I had stabilizer till I got that right. It really is easy! Much easier than I thought.
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    Re: TFP Newb - First shopping trip.

    Thanks guys,

    Ordered the tf-100 kit earlier today. Once that gets here and I get opened up. I will post some results.
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