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    Apr 2015
    Coats, NC

    New to Forum - from NC

    Glad to find this forum!! I've been doing my pool maintenance since I purchased it in 1998. It is a 24' in diameter above ground with a vinyl liner. The pool originally had a cartridge filter, which I changed a year ago along with the pump with a Hayward sand filter and Hayward Power Flow Matrix pump. I have had good years and I've had bad years trying to keep my pool maintained. The local pool folks around where I live have a fair amount of turnover every year so I get less than adequate help from them. I am glad I found this forum as I am looking forward to reading and learning how to actually maintain my pool properly.
    15,220 gal. Above Ground (24' diameter)
    Hayward SM1915SHG sand filter
    Hayward Power-Flo Matrix pump

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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: New to Forum - from NC

    Welcome to TFP!
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
    Creator of PoolMath and Pool Calculator. Other handy links: Support this site, TF Test Kits, Pool School

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    Divin Dave's Avatar
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    Oct 2013
    Longview, Texas

    Re: New to Forum - from NC

    Hi There Istrickland!
    Welcome to TFP!

    First let me say THANK YOU for filling out your profile! That is so much help to know when you have questions.

    If you havent already, the best place to start learning is by clicking the Pool School Button. Lots of info in there and can no one expects you to learn it all right away. SO feel free to post any questions that come to mind.

    Next, its just plain logical, that if you dont know the chemical levels in your pool, then you cant know how much of which to add .. .right?
    So we really rely on people testing their own pools with a reliable test kit. Pool store testing is notoriously wrong and unfortunately, just cannot be trusted.

    Most folks here on TFP recommend either of the following kits.
    Taylor 20006 Test kit - available at several online places
    The TF100 Kit - which is the best value you can get. Its basically the Taylor K2006 on steroids. This kit is only available online at 2 places. and

    EIther of the two test kits will be the best investmet you can make for your swimming pool maintenance.

    Anyways, again, welcome!
    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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    Patrick_B's Avatar
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    Jun 2011
    Midland TX

    Re: New to Forum - from NC

    +2 to Divin Dave,

    Thank you very much. Welcome to TFP!
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    Essential Links:
    ABC's Of Pool Chemistry, Test Kits, SLAM Your Pool
    28K Gal IG FreeForm, CLI Quartz, Pentair 36"SF & VS Pump, Dolphin M5, Rheem

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    Casey's Avatar
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    Apr 2007
    SW PA

    Re: New to Forum - from NC

    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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    Jun 2012
    DFW, Texas

    Re: New to Forum - from NC

    Welcome to TFP!
    Gold Supporter, TFP Lifetime Supporter, 26,680 gal Plaster IGP 3.5 - 10' depth / Attached Waterfall Spa, Manually Chlorinated, Triton Sand Filter, 1.5 HP * 1.1 SF = 1.65 SFHP 1-speed Pentair WhisperFlo WF-26 Pump, 400K BTU NG Teledyne Laars Series One Heater, Polaris 360, Test Kit Comparison, Chlorine/CYA Chart, SLAMing Your Pool, OCLT
    A good test kit is an investment, not an expense.

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