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    Dec 2014
    Corona CA

    Pool newb in SoCal

    Just purchased a new to me house with a pool, will be moving in next week. The wife is all ready to act out the pool scene from Vacation with Chevy Chase. "This is crazy, this is crazy." This will be my first time owning and maintaining a pool and really hope I don't mess things up.

    The previous owner is a member here, I don't recall his screen name. From what I remember of the details the pool was built in 2007, I think 17,000 gallons, has a saltwater system and a multi speed pump. My home inspector has a pool and he seemed really impressed with the set up. Being new I will just have to take his word for it.

    I have a lot of reading to do.


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    Mod Squad jblizzle's Avatar
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    Re: Pool newb in SoCal

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    The previous owner did you a great service by pointing you here. Hopefully you can avoid all the wallet draining pitfalls typical of new pool owners who trust the pool "experts" at the pool store
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    Re: Pool newb in SoCal

    Wow nice pool!! Looks like a real oasis .. all natural with the rocks going all around it. It will be a breeze for you to maintain. Click pool school at the top , then getting started , and read abcs of pool water chemistry , routine pump/filter maintenance and basic pool care schedule.

    You'll also want to get yourself a good test kit like the TF-100. You can order that from

    Oh, and welcome to TFP!!
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    14K Freeform Gunite w/60% Blue Quartz plaster, Quad DE filter, Intelliflo VS Pump + Booster for Cleaner, Aquacal Heat Pump

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    Re: Pool newb in SoCal

    Welcome to the forum! You are really lucky to be inheriting from another TFP'er. When you have questions, we're always here to help.
    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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    Elverson Pa.

    Re: Pool newb in SoCal

    Welcome to TFP !
    Great looking pool ! You won't have any problems with it as long as you stick with us.
    24'x54" AG Morada RTR (by wilbar) 13'500 gal. Hayward Powerflo Matrix 1hp 2 speed. Hayward Perflex EC65 DE filter.

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    Re: Pool newb in SoCal

    Welcome to the forum Rob
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    Re: Pool newb in SoCal

    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: Pool newb in SoCal

    Nice pool and interesting inheritance! Welcome, I hope you will stick around, and enjoy the forum.
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    Re: Pool newb in SoCal

    Welcome! You are SO lucky that the former owner knew and used TFP to keep his pool clear and clean.

    Now it is up to you! It is easy and cheap!

    I do want to tell you to PLEASE do not go to the pool store for their "free" water test. It is not so free as most of the time they will try to sell you all kinds of stuff that you do not need.

    The best thing you can do look at my siggy below to find the link to the test kits that will allow YOU to test your own water and keep that pretty pool looking great.

    Here is some light reading to get you started:

    TFP Moderator 33x52 round AG 25,600 gals Sand Filter 1.5hp Pump - 2 Speed, SLAM, Pool School, Recommended Levels, Recommended Chemicals, Pool Math, Chlorine/CYA Chart, TF-100 Test Kit, Become a TFP supporter!

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