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    Another new house, new pool thread. Sorry!

    Hello all,

    We purchased a home in November with a 16x32 in-ground pool with an 8 foot deep end. Our local pool store has it down as being 22,000 gallons.
    It has a sand filter & 1 hp Hayward super pump.

    This is the first pool we've owned so even though I've been doing some reading on here since November, we have just opened the pool up and of course I have newbie questions.

    We took a water sample to the local pool store & so far the only thing we have to add right away is 16lbs Alkalinity Increaser. Would this be the same as 16lbs Baking soda or is Baking soda more or less effective requiring a different amount?

    Second, in the weekly maintenance the local store has advised us to use 3lbs turbo shock even though we are using chlorine tablets in the skimmer.

    Third, the pool store advised us not to put the chlorine tablets in the skimmer & instead sold my wife a floating dispenser, saying putting the tablets in the skimmer would damage the lines going under the concrete?

    Lastly, local pool store has told us that a solar cover would raise the temperature of the water & cause us to use more chemicals but everything I've read says solar covers help in using less chemicals.

    Thanks for any input!

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    Re: Another new house, new pool thread. Sorry!

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Yes that is the same as baking soda, but I would not add anything based on only pool store testing and their recommendations.

    Forget the shock and the tablets ... they will likely cause a CYA build-up problem.

    Well, they got one thing right. Do not put the tablets in a skimmer, unless you run the pump 24/7, which is a waste of money usually.

    A cover will help retain the heat in the pool that the sun adds ... mostly helping at night. It may slightly lower the chlorine loss to the sun. They are sort of right in that when the water is warmer, more chlorine may be consumed dealing with any algae trying to start.

    Now for the reading portion of our program

    Have you discovered Pool School yet? Start with these:
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    How to Chlorinate Your Pool

    Also, I highly recommend you invest in one of the Recommended Test Kits and stop listening to the pool store advice.

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    Re: Another new house, new pool thread. Sorry!

    22,000 gallons sounds right for that pool. using the length and width, 22,000 gallons would be if the pool was 5.7 feet deep on average. sounds about right.
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    Re: Another new house, new pool thread. Sorry!

    Thanks for the quick response. I have read those already but will read again. Do I just add the bleach straight into the pool or mix into a bucket with water first?
    16x32 In-ground 22,000 gallon vinyl liner pool. 1HP Hayward Super Pump. Sand filter.

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    Re: Another new house, new pool thread. Sorry!

    Well, in the Recommended Pool Chemicals article it tells you how to add everything

    Just slowly pour it in front of a return jet.
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    Re: Another new house, new pool thread. Sorry!

    ahhh i seee it.

    thanks again!
    16x32 In-ground 22,000 gallon vinyl liner pool. 1HP Hayward Super Pump. Sand filter.

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    Re: Another new house, new pool thread. Sorry!



    After alot of reading & getting my TF-100 kit, I am finally converted over to the trouble free system. Just wanted to say thank you!

    Any tips or ideas for landscaping without breaking the bank?
    16x32 In-ground 22,000 gallon vinyl liner pool. 1HP Hayward Super Pump. Sand filter.

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    Re: Another new house, new pool thread. Sorry!

    Hey! All that clear water looks good!
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