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    Aug 2008
    Eastern Washington State

    A Late Bloomer ----------

    G'Day All,
    I will try to keep to the short version of this story, but understand that with 7 kids (5 at home), stories never seem to be short ------
    We live here in Eastern Washington State on an 800 acre wheat/horse ranch. We also live about 7 miles from one of the largest man-made recreational areas on the country (Lake Roosevelt) and spend quite a bit of time at the lake in the boat. However, about 5 years ago, a friend (now an empty nester) gave us a 21' doughbough pool. Well, needless to say, farming and ranching and boating and....... got in the way, and I didn't get it set up until last year (07). I had done some pool maintenance during college (as part of a caretaking job - ya' know, lawn, pool, weeds, ..... ) so had a LITTLE knowledge, and last year went effortlessly.

    Then fall came, and I followed the directions on the closing kit to a letter, and covered the pool with the 10 YO micromesh cover that had come with it, and saw no problems with the couple of large holes in the cover, other than I may have to pull a few leaves out, right?????

    Well, after a winter of almost 7' of snow, the cover did its job, and let the water pass through, along with the small bits of organics and dirt in it. Uncovering it, I notived the water was crytal clear, with a light layer of dirt on the bottom. So, I filled the pool, hooked up the filter (a cartridge type) shocked the water, and started vacuuming. The filters, of course, filled up quickly, so it took a few days, as other things took priority. The solar caver worked on getting the temp up, and as it reached 70 deg, boom----you guessed it --- it looked like lemonade, not pool water. So, I went to the pool store, had combined chlorine explained to me, and walked out with $30 worth of liquid chlorine, and instructions. A week later, my pool was clear again, and I started looking for help understanding the problems and solutions and the chemical situation that occured.

    I have already budgetted for next year for a sand filter, am going to build a solar system, and have ordered a new winter cover.

    I found this forum from Poolforum, and will start the BBB as soon as I run out of the $100 worth of chemicals I still have left. I will be able to use some in the hot tub, but probably will be next season before I begin.

    I have read a ton of posts already, and participate regularly in a couple of other forums on other subjects, so am familiar with the stuff of them....

    Looking forward to tapping the endless knowledge........

    21' AG, 10,000 gal, 22" Sand Filter, 1 hp pump

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    May 2007
    SWSuburban Chicago, IL

    Re: A Late Bloomer ----------

    Welcome to TFP....
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner

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    May 2007
    South Carolina

    Re: A Late Bloomer ----------

    Hi TJ,

    Welcome to the forum
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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: A Late Bloomer ----------

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    Mar 2008
    Evans, GA

    Re: A Late Bloomer ----------

    Hi TJ!

    Welcome to TFP!!
    *~ Laura ~*
    27x52 Aquasphere Conquest AGP (approx.17,100 gal)
    1 HP Pentair Dynamo Pump & SD-40 Sand Filter
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