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Thread: About to get a bulldozer

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    Jun 2014

    About to get a bulldozer

    Good evening all,

    I am a pool owner for the last three years. We bought a home with an in-ground pool. We've had some bad luck. I got to Leslie's pool supply which is a franchise pool store in our area (maybe national) and the last recommendation was to drain the pool and refill it b/c we have nitrates. I did this. We then filled the pool and now seeing an algae bloom. I'm trying to kill it by shocking the pool every day with about 2 lbs of shock (15000 gals). It seems like it is clearing up a little but not as much as I would think. I read the SLAM article and it seems like I have been inadvertently doing that the past few days. Suggestions are appreciated. I feel very frustrated.

    The pool is oval
    32' x 16'
    approx 15000 gal
    waste of money

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    Casey's Avatar
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    Apr 2007
    SW PA

    Re: About to get a bulldozer

    Welcome to TFP!

    I would suggest staying away from the Pool Store and purchasing your own test kit, namely the TF100 and give yourself and the pool another chance. You can read about the test kits here Test Kit Comparison.

    Also, read:

    ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry
    Chlorine CYA Chart
    Recommended Levels
    SLAMing Your Pool (I know you read it but read it again)

    Once you get your test kit and post a full set of test results, we can get you to loving this pool and not feeling like you should bulldoze it!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

    24' Sharkline Venture De Filter

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    Mar 2014
    Las Vegas

    Re: About to get a bulldozer

    Ooooo. I see another green monster slaying thread in the future. Casey is right. The is a lot of knowledgeable people on here that Will help you learn good pool maintenance.

    Good luck.
    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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    Jul 2009
    Houston, Texas

    Re: About to get a bulldozer

    Hi, welcome to TFP! I have a few questions for you. What product are you using to "shock" your pool? How many packages of "shock" have you added? How long ago was it drained and refilled? Can you post a copy of some recent test results?

    I also urge you to purchase a high quality test kit such as the Taylor K2006 or the TF100 in order to take control of your pool. When you are able to test the water yourself you will have reliable results and be able to balance the water as needed without buying armloads of expensive chemicals from the pool store.
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    Richard320's Avatar
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    San Dimas, CA (LA County)

    Re: About to get a bulldozer


    Nitrates, huh? That's a new one. Or did they already sell you the phosphate remover and tell you that TDS was too high?

    Well, congratulations. You've learned that that free testing ends up being pretty expensive. Would you like to spend some money and really get your money's worth? and the XL option. It's an investment. It will get you through the season and probably past opening next year as well. And you will never have to depend on the pool store experts to tell you what your pool needs.
    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.
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    Jonette2's Avatar
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    Aug 2013

    Re: About to get a bulldozer

    Follow the directions of this forum. Take it from me. It works.
    IG Gunite pool. 30,000 gallons. Hayward type sand filter. Circupool SI 45 salt system.

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    Jun 2014
    Oro Valley Arizona

    Re: About to get a bulldozer

    Have had pool for years and been fighting it. My advice is to listen to these guys and do what they recommend. DON'T Slam your pool before you get the kit you need or you will end up potentially doing it twice... hold it at bay, get the kit and take the measurements. Use the pool math calc and post all your test info. From there, from what I have learned follow their instructions. BTW, if you are like me, you never really have shocked your pool, and shocking and SLAMing I am learning are two different things. Read and re-read the SLAM process and kill the algae along with anything else that may live in there.
    2001, 14k gal, SWG T-9 25K cell, IG dark pebble, 1 HP WF WFE-4, Pent CC250 cartridge w/ PAP150 pent filter, Kreepy, Large rock waterfall .75 WF WFE-3 no filter on WF. Tucson AZ. "New" Pentr cartridge and filter in 5/2015. Pumps are less than 2 yrs old say 2013/2014. W-Fall cycled 2X wkly, used when swim. 1 to 2 mthly. Water replaced 5/2015.

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