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    Question Reference Book

    I'm going to take over my own pool maintenance and would like a "good" book on pool water chemistry. I'm an advanced degreed chemical engineer by training and would like something more thorough than the standard "dip the strip and add a bucket of chlorine". Is there any book out there that actually explains the physical chemistry and maintenance of pool water? Those offered on Amazon.com seem to be rather basic in their treatment of the subject.

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    Re: Reference Book

    The good book is on line and it's called Pool School. Start with these:
    ABCs of Water Chemistry
    Recommended Pool Chemicals
    How to Chlorinate Your Pool

    Richard, our local water guru (chem geek) may know of some books. You can PM him. If you search on his posts he links to many peer reviewed papers regarding the subject.
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    Re: Reference Book

    I'd like to welcome you to the forum! Take a look at Pool School with paying a special attention to the ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry. I think that should give you a great foundation to build on......and it's free.

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    Re: Reference Book

    As an Advanced degred chemical engineer....you might want to dip your toes in The Deep End forum when you get past the basics.
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    Re: Reference Book

    For a more technical treatment, I suggest (after reading the Pool School) you start with the following threads in The Deep End:

    Certified Pool Operator (CPO) training -- What is not taught
    Pool Water Chemistry (several posts in this thread)
    Cost Comparison of Chlorine Sources
    Pool Chemical Equivalents
    Chlorine vs. Metal Ion Kill Times
    pH Buffer Capacity
    Degradation of Cyanuric Acid (CYA)
    Are Borates Safe to Use?
    Asthma and Chlorinated Pools
    Cancer and Chlorine

    There is much, much more, but this should get you started. There is, of course, a lot more outside of chemistry, such as Hydraulics 101 - Have you lost your head? and you can get to these via the Pool School including links in Further Reading. Of course, if you have specific questions and do not find answers via Search, feel free to ask them though if they are technical in nature please use The Deep End forum for such questions.
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    Re: Reference Book

    "The Deep End" - Great! Sounds like it might be just what the doctor ordered. Thanks.

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