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    New pool, new pool owner, now what?

    Hello, been reading as much as I can here, been reading Pool School. They put the pool up today, it's filling as I type, they'll be back tomorrow or Monday to get the pump going. I felt pretty good about being able to keep up a pool until I started reading and now I'm nervous as heck! I'm to take a water sample to the pool place where I purchased for pool school, I'm hoping they will teach me, but I'm still nervous.

    Do I need to go ahead and buy the TF-100 test kit? Do I need to buy bleach at the store? What else do I need?

    Thank you all in advance!


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    Re: New pool, new pool owner, now what?

    Welcome to TFP!

    I would certainly order one of the recommended test kits, TF-100 is the best value. They may give you a kit, but it will be lacking.

    You certainly should put 2ppm of FC in the pool as soon as it is filled and maintain that. You also need to get 30-50ppm of stabilizer in the water.

    This is not as hard as it appears, so relax. Just realize that they most likely do not recommend the maintenance methods that we recommend. So take anything they "teach" you about chemistry with a grain of salt.
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    Re: New pool, new pool owner, now what?

    Stabilizer - which is that please?

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    Re: New pool, new pool owner, now what?

    ^^^ +1 what Jason said

    Don't be nervous - you got this, and you have all of us to help you!

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    You're done SLAMing when:
    1)You lose 1ppm or less FC overnight, & 2)You have .5ppm CC's or less, & 3)your water is clear.

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    Re: New pool, new pool owner, now what?

    Quote Originally Posted by Taylorbay View Post
    Stabilizer - which is that please?
    Stabilizer is CYA (cyanuric acid) also sometimes called/sold as conditioner.

    The ingredients listed should show at least 96% cyanuric acid. Sold in pool section at wallyworld, big box stores & in pool stores.

    Hop over to Pool School and read the ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry: http://www.troublefreepool.com/conte...ater-chemistry

    Have you ordered the TF100 yet?
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    You're done SLAMing when:
    1)You lose 1ppm or less FC overnight, & 2)You have .5ppm CC's or less, & 3)your water is clear.

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    Re: New pool, new pool owner, now what?

    Welcome. You are going to have to go through our Pool School if you want to do TFPC.

    ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry
    Recommended Pool Chemicals
    How to Chlorinate Your Pool
    Chlorine CYA Chart
    Test Kit Comparison
    Recommended Levels
    PoolMath

    These links will get you started and as previously stated, our way and the Pool Store way is different. You should choose one or the other and not both. If you chose the Pool Store way and you ask questions here, you will more than likely end up wanting to rip your hair out and become frustrated. But please note, going the TFPC route will yield you these fabulous results... The choice, is yours of course!

    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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