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    Greets from Canada's Wet Coast!

    Howdy all,

    Not ENTIRELY new to pools, but still pretty green (pardon the pun) to pool maintenance. When we bought our house a year ago in December, the pool had already been closed down for the winter, and in the spring, we called their old pool guy to come open it up for us. By fall he seemed to have dropped off the earth, so we did a half-baked job of closing it down ourselves... now we've almost got it ready to go, about 90% through the chemical treatments recommended by our water test. Figured it would be a good idea to start learning more about taking care of it through the year!

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    Re: Greets from Canada's Wet Coast!

    Another one from Canuckistan! Welcome, eh?
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    Re: Greets from Canada's Wet Coast!

    Do you have a GOOD test kit? Around here we all like the TF-100, but I'm not sure they can be shipped your way. Another option is the Taylor K2006 (with the all important FAS-DPD chlorine test) so you'll get the most accurate tests and you'll be able to determine exactly what your pool needs. AND what it doesn't need, which is just as important.
    First step is to read the Pool School articles (above right link) and get that test kit. Stay away from pool stores whose main goal is to sell you products.
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    Re: Greets from Canada's Wet Coast!

    I'll look into those, thanks. We just have the little bottle of test strips for now... we have a couple different local stores who sell the same BioGuard lines and have the BioGuard test systems. So far neither has been any kind of high-pressure sales, although one is generally a lot cheaper than the other.
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    Re: Greets from Canada's Wet Coast!

    The TF100 can't be shipped to Canada unfortunately, but the K2006 is avalible through a certain supplier. Sorry I don't remember the name.

    Welcome again, and enjoy the forum.
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    Re: Greets from Canada's Wet Coast!

    Welcome to TFP.

    The ABC's of pool water chemistry is an excellent article to start with pool school.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: Greets from Canada's Wet Coast!

    Welcome to TFP!

    Here is some introductory reading from Pool School.
    TFPC for Beginners
    ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry
    What we need to know to answer your questions
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    Re: Greets from Canada's Wet Coast!

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick_B View Post
    The TF100 can't be shipped to Canada unfortunately, but the K2006 is avalible through a certain supplier. Sorry I don't remember the name.

    Welcome again, and enjoy the forum.
    Thanks for the warm welcome, all!

    Fortunately, I live about five minutes from the Sumas crossing, and have a friend who lives in Lynden, WA, ten minutes down the road from there. Shipping isn't a problem
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