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    Very new to pools. No clue what to do!

    Hi everybody,

    Just bought my first house this month. I don't have a clue how to fix these stains.






    What kind of stains are these? Can I remove these? What things I definitely need to be a good pool owner?

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    Re: Very new to pools. No clue what to do!

    Welcome!

    What kind of pool is that? Plaster/concrete, fiberglass, or vinyl-lined?

    Those stains could be anything - metals, organic stains, or calcium scale. What do they feel like? Can you scrape them off with a fingernail?

    It helps us a lot of you can tell us what kind of pool and what kind of equipment you have, and how you test water, and what the latest test results are.

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    Re: Very new to pools. No clue what to do!

    The pool is plaster and I have sand filters.

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    Re: Very new to pools. No clue what to do!

    Quote Originally Posted by abe7333 View Post
    The pool is plaster and I have sand filters.
    What do they feel like? Can you scrape them off with a fingernail?

    How do you test water, and what are the latest test results?
    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: Very new to pools. No clue what to do!

    No I cant scrape them off. Not tested them either. How and what do I test for?

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    Re: Very new to pools. No clue what to do!

    Welcome to the forum Abe

    I think he's referring to test the water as in what your water balance is at.

    Do you take a sample to a store or do you have a kit to test your water ?? If you do, what kit do you have ??
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    Re: Very new to pools. No clue what to do!

    Quote Originally Posted by kiss4afrog View Post
    Welcome to the forum Abe

    I think he's referring to test the water as in what your water balance is at.

    Do you take a sample to a store or do you have a kit to test your water ?? If you do, what kit do you have ??
    Oh, I should actually do that. Inam going to try that this weekend

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    Re: Very new to pools. No clue what to do!

    Quote Originally Posted by abe7333 View Post
    Oh, I should actually do that. Inam going to try that this weekend
    Welcome to the forum Abe.

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    Re: Very new to pools. No clue what to do!

    Test your own or take sample to the store ??
    '70s IG Vinyl 32K gal, Lazy L, Hayward SuperPump 1.5hp 120V, S240 Sand Filter W/DE
    Solar Blanket, Well Water, Borax Added, TF-100 tester. ? too cold
    1979, 275gal Conway Emerald Spa P-100-2, ES-2 Spa Pack, bromine floater, indoor
    TF-100, Best test kit - TFTestkits.net
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