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    Thank you trouble free pools

    I just have to say thank you. I've had intex pools for years and have always struggled to maintain them. It seemed like every two weeks I'd have another algae flair up and each week I went to the pool store and they would sell me something new to chase my own proverbial chemical "tail". It was always cloudy at best. And I worked diligently doing exactly what they told me with mediocre results. When I found this site some weeks ago I thought what everyone was saying was too good to be true, using bleach, borox, baking soda, from a grocery and mauratic acid from Home Depot?!? No weekly run to the pool store? I wondered, "How could anyone maintain a pool without the professionals at the pool store?"

    Ahh! I thought "it must be about that test kit they are pushing." (I'm ashamed to admit I did have that thought) But there were so many posts from so many people testifying that TFP methods work. I tried TFP method without buying the kit. I used the pool supply stores water test results. But when I went to the store and got the results then they really pushed products in my arms and to the counter. Products I no longer wanted, I just wanted the test results and liquid chlorine. I also found they were not running all the tests, to save chemicals. In fact they were way off on CYA. They also where trying to sell me chemicals for calcium knowing I'm in a soft sided pool. I cut the umbilical to the pool store and bought the test kit everyone here recommends. Within a couple of weeks my pool was green! Yes green pea soup. Not TFP's fault it was mine. I was going with the cheapest bleach I could find at Big Lots and assumed incorrectly 6% was as diluted as they would sell bleach. Not so, I did a search here and found out Big Lots discount bleach was 3%. And I was adding jug after jug thinking I was shocking when I wasn't. I then went to Menard's and bought liquid chlorine bleach on sale there at 12.5%. (Sales over now &#128542

    I Raised the pull to shock level. Brushed and ran the filter and tested, adjusted, tested, it was cloudy at first but now it's dialed in at 5 cups 2oz of 12.5% a day.

    My daughter was excited to tell me a few minutes ago "Daddy, before I was never able to see very well under water before but now I can see all the way across the pool to the other side! (under water)" That's 26 feet.

    I just wanted to say thanks!
    Intex 26' round AG
    17402 gallons, Intex sand filter connected to
    intex 633T cartridge filter (w/o cartridge)

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    Sep 2011
    Gurnee, IL (North Suburban Chi-town)

    Re: Thank you trouble free pools

    Love these stories. Thanks for posting.
    33' round, 23,000 gal AG vinyl , 1HP 2spd PowerFlo Matrix downsized with 3/4HP impeller (X2), Hayward S180T 150# sand filter (X2), Hayward H250 NG heater Pool Store year 1 - $850 for 2 months; Pool Store year 2 - $440 for 2 months, TFPC year 1 - $170 for 4 months; TFPC year 2 - $95 for 4.5 months
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    May 2014
    Cincinnati, OH

    Re: Thank you trouble free pools

    Welcome! I would love to see a picture.
    27' AG 18K Gallons ~ Cartridge Filter ~ Pentair 1.5 HP Pump

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    South Carolina

    Re: Thank you trouble free pools

    Thanks, Wade for another great TFP story
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    Longview, Texas

    Re: Thank you trouble free pools

    Excellent Wade!

    I really is that easy!

    Divin Dave,
    IG Vinyl, 15' x 30', 3 1/2' - 6' deep, Oval, ~15K gal, Intelliclor IC40, Intelliflo VS pump, Clean and Clear 420 Filter, auto-fill-disabled, Retrofit LED Color Light, Dolphin Nautilus Robot, TF100 Test Kit, Taylor K1766 Salt Test Kit, Tftestkit Pressure Gauge. Experience- it's what's learned just after you needed it most !!

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    Apr 2007
    SW PA

    Re: Thank you trouble free pools

    The TFPC Way! It works and you know it Wade!

    Welcome to TFP! We would never sell you bullcaca!
    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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