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    Join Date
    May 2014
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    New to TFP-First Pool

    I'm a first-time pool owner and I was searching the web for some information on pool maintenance and stumbled into TFP. I have been wandering around the site most of the day and have already found a lot of useful information! I don't know the actual age of the pool, it came with the house I just bought in October. The house was built in 1976 and I suspect the pool may be original to the home. The sellers advised that it was re-plastered sometime in 2010. What brought me to the site were the unsightly white spots that have appeared on the sides and bottom of the pool. It began doing it quite suddenly a couple of months after we moved in. I have read numerous articles/posts here and other places and I believe it's calcium but I don't know if it's delamination, poor water chemistry, or petrified goose poop! I will take some pics tomorrow afternoon with my dive camera and post them here. I will also gather more info on my equipment. Until then...

    1. Yes, I have ordered my test kit--Taylor K-2006C (was using strips until now). Yes it's a big kit but I'm OCD.
    2. I have created my signature with the information I have on my equipment. Give me a break, I'm just a cop!
    3. I now know the difference between FC and CC...I think. Still don't have a clue what pH is or does. Has driven me crazy my whole life!
    4. Yes, I wish I had taken chemistry in high school.
    5. Yes, I will continue reading pool school stuff while waiting for my kit to come in.

    Thanks in advance for the help I feel sure I'm going to get. This site is awesome!

    40,000 gal IG gunite, SWG, Dolphin Premier cleaner. I know it has a filter and a pump and I'm pretty sure one of them has sand in it...haha.

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    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Las Vegas

    Re: New to TFP-First Pool

    For a noobie you are off to a great start. Welcome to the forum. The only dumb question is one you don't ask. Their is a ton of experience here that will not lead you astray.
    12000 Gallon IG Plaster built 2/15/2014. Jandy 340 sg ft 127 gpm filter, Jandy 1 HP stealth pump. Circupool RJ-45 SWG (overkill). TF-100 with Speed Stir.

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    Jan 2010
    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: New to TFP-First Pool

    Fide the stuff! It's the cops!

    Hi Theresa!

    You're miles ahead of most new arrivals - you've already started reading and you have a kit on order.

    pH is not that difficult in coarse terms. Low pH is acidic. High pH is basic. Human tears are about 7.4. Comfort zone is roughly 7.2 to 7.8. Acids and bases cancel each other. That's enough knowledge to maintain your pool pH.

    Chlorine is an oxidizer. Think of it as flameless combustion. Fire oxidizes wood. Chlorine oxidizes organic wastes. Combined chlorine is like charcoal - partially burned up stuff. Keep it in the fire long enough, and it will eventually burn up.
    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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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    San Rafael, CA USA

    Re: New to TFP-First Pool

    +1 Nice analogies.
    16,000 gallon outdoor in-ground 16'x32' plaster pool; Pentair Intelliflo VF pump; Pentair IntelliTouch i9+3s control system; Jandy CL-340 square foot cartridge filter
    12 Fafco solar panels; Purex Triton PowerMax 250 natural gas heater (200,000 BTU/hr output); automatic electric pool safety cover; 4-wheel pressure-side "The Pool Cleaner"

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