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    Red face Pay or DIY

    When I bought my pool/house it was a murky brine, especially since the pool service was put on hold during the house closing process. I presently pay $100 a month for cleaning and servicing. Is it difficult to maintain your own pool? If not I would rather put that money towards a salt water conversion and upgrade my remote control box for pool functions. Thoughts? Shut up and pay or get down, educated and dirty.
    20,000 gal chlorine DE filter (crushed shells?)
    IG pool, Older Jandy PDA remote control system
    Not sure if it's plaster/pebble, or fiberglass construction
    Pump and filter info coming; It has a gas heated spa

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    Re: Pay or DIY

    Option number 2! Read pool school, buy a test kit and enjoy!


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    Re: Pay or DIY

    Quote Originally Posted by ship of fools View Post
    Option number 2! Read pool school, buy a test kit and enjoy!


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    Re: Pay or DIY

    Start reading and educating yourself here at TFP. Pool School and the threads have all the information that you will need. I trust the knowledge that I have gained here at TFP and wouldn't consider a service.
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    Re: Pay or DIY

    It sort of depends on how lazy you are, and how much time you spend away from home, really.

    There's a fairly steep learning curve at the beginning, especially since you're starting with a murky pool. With some coaching here and a proper test kit, you can have the thing sparkling before August, and after that, a couple minutes a day. A SWG system eliminates a lot of the drudgery, but the pool will still need some attention a couple times a week.
    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: Pay or DIY

    A SWG will make it easier to maintain your chlorine level, but from what I have read there really isn't any cost savings as the cells usually have to be replaced every 3 or 4 years. Someone please correct me if I am wrong.
    22,000 gallon in ground, gunite, Hayward pump 1.5 hp and 36sq DE filter. Pool installation date unknown, at least 10 years. Screened enclosure.

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    Re: Pay or DIY

    I concur with the rest of those here... Do it yourself, save some $$, and the SWG is a great asset to pool maintenance.

    I actually enjoy the little bit of time it takes to tend to my pool. It is also rewarding to have someone compliment how nice your pool water looks and feels and you know you did that!
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    Re: Pay or DIY

    Another vote for maintaining it on your own. I've read a lot of people saying it's like drinking from a fire hose but the info is great and you can't go wrong if you're willing to learn and understand it.

    Start off with ordering a good reliable test kit like the TF100 and read these links to start with:


    ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry
    Recommended Pool Chemicals
    How to Chlorinate Your Pool
    Chlorine CYA Chart
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    Re: Pay or DIY

    I appreciate it all and will order my kit today. Thanks for the links and intelligent, and thoughtful input.
    20,000 gal chlorine DE filter (crushed shells?)
    IG pool, Older Jandy PDA remote control system
    Not sure if it's plaster/pebble, or fiberglass construction
    Pump and filter info coming; It has a gas heated spa

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    Re: Pay or DIY

    Skippy is so impressed with how our pool looks, and sings my praises for being the chief pool caretaker... <shuffles feet guiltily>....so maybe I don't tell him how easy it actually is and let him remain a lil clueless..::heheheheh:: but its true. This stuff takes a little effort to learn at first but then it becomes quite easy. The time I spend out there doing small chores and testing is like my quiet exercise time. We barely spend any money on the pool (of course we invested heavily at first with the SWG and the autocover) so I can't even imagine spending $75-100/month for someone else to come in and care for it (probably badly compared to me).
    Try it!

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    Re: Pay or DIY

    Tell me about this autocover.
    20,000 gal chlorine DE filter (crushed shells?)
    IG pool, Older Jandy PDA remote control system
    Not sure if it's plaster/pebble, or fiberglass construction
    Pump and filter info coming; It has a gas heated spa

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    Re: Pay or DIY

    I have to tell you that it is FUN to do the tests. My husband just stands back and stares as he has NO idea how to do it LOL. I makes me look good!

    Our pool is SO clear and everyone loves it! NO one believes me when I say bleach is all I use. I just show them my pool box.......

    Good job on the test kit. Now go look around for you best bleach/chlorine prices that are easy to get to. For some it is Walmart others it is the pool store. Do a search and you will find a post or two about how to compare prices.

    Have fun!

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    Re: Pay or DIY

    I say take over the maintenance yourself. If you DIY, you will save money. I'm a newbie pool owner and opened our pool for the first time in June with zero prior experience. I can honestly say after studying the information on this site and applying the TFPC methodology, pool maintenance has been really easy and truly trouble free thus far. All I've had to do since opening and S.L.A.M.'ing the pool, is manually add bleach every couple of days to maintain my pool. Once you get the hang of testing, it'll be easy.
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    Re: Pay or DIY

    An autocover is a pool cover that opens and closes with a motor. They are usually opaque so when they are on your pool you don't lose any water to evaporation or chlorine to sunlight so you save $$. They are pretty expensive though which is why I have a solar cover and a reel.
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    Hayward Pro-Grid DE Filter - 48sqft w/ cellulose fiber & Hayward Energy Flo RS Pump - .75HP (1.85SF)
    Very old 312sqft solar system, TFT-100 Kit with Speedstir

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    Re: Pay or DIY

    Quote Originally Posted by Surf Hawk View Post
    They are pretty expensive though which is why I have a solar cover and a reel.
    I have heard these described, perhaps from someone on this forum, as a pool condom.
    Vinyl 18'x36' in-ground 100,000 L, Jandy Aquapure 1400 SWCG, Jandy Lite2 heater, StaRite System3 filter, Evac tube solar heating panels

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    Re: Pay or DIY

    That puts a whole new spin on safe swimming...
    20,000 gal chlorine DE filter (crushed shells?)
    IG pool, Older Jandy PDA remote control system
    Not sure if it's plaster/pebble, or fiberglass construction
    Pump and filter info coming; It has a gas heated spa

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    And it could be like a Seinfeld episode - by the time I got the cover off I didn't have the urge to go swimming anymore.
    Vinyl 18'x36' in-ground 100,000 L, Jandy Aquapure 1400 SWCG, Jandy Lite2 heater, StaRite System3 filter, Evac tube solar heating panels

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    Re: Pay or DIY

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    Filter: AstralPools ZX-310 SWCG: AstralPools VX7T
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    Re: Pay or DIY

    Quote Originally Posted by Kainedogg View Post
    Tell me about this autocover.
    A serious electric safety cover that opens and closes the pool in about 30 seconds but also has the benefit of keeping most debris out of the pool which in turn cuts down on time necessary to scoop out said leaves and debris from the pool and cuts down on chlorine loss, etc.
    My Amazon Smile for November12K Fiberglass IG, Infinity 4000 automatic cover, SWCG, Hayward Sand Filter, Hayward 1.5 Pump, Doheny Discovery Robot, Savi Melody LED pool lights, outdoor speakers and other assorted doo-dads. Sundance Altamar Hot Tub.
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