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    Ktsheets's Avatar
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    May 2015
    Southern Oregon

    Introductions and Such

    Happy Monday! I'm so thrilled I found this site. My name is Katie and I recently purchased my parents house that came with my childhood pool. It's an AG doughboy 16X24 pool. My mom was an excellent pool keeper growing up, but when all of kids (3) moved out pool maintenance went by the wayside. This year is the first year the pool has had a functioning pump and filter in about 6 years. Last weekend the pool was Dark Green. An initial liquid pool opening kit (just what the local hardware store had) the pool quickly turned cloudy blue within a couple of hours. The pump and filter arrived new in box on Friday and it was installed on Friday night. After filling the pool the rest of the way the pump was initially turned on Saturday morning and has been running continually since then. Yesterday I vacuumed the bottom straight to waste. Gross. I tossed in a couple bags of shock yesterday and I'll do my initial water testing during my lunch hour and see what I need to do from there. This morning the pool was still blue, just cloudy. I have backflushed a couple times when the pressure increased. Hopefully by this weekend, I'll have a crystal clear pool! Can't wait to read more on the forums and see everything TFP has to offer! I'm not interested in taking my water samples to the pool store. I watched my mom dump $$$$ there for years and after finding this site I can see that having a pool can be a lot more affordable without the "help" of the pool store. Cheers!
    10k AG; Hayward S166T92S Sand w/ 1HP Hayward PowerFlo Matrix

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    Mod Squad jblizzle's Avatar
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    May 2010
    Tucson, AZ

    Re: Introductions and Such

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    So based on your last couple sentences can I assume you already bought on of the Recommended Test Kits?

    Have you also read these:
    Defeating Algae
    Turning Your Green Swamp Back into a Sparkling Oasis
    SLAM Process

    Post up any questions as they arise.
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    Mod Squad pooldv's Avatar
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    Aug 2012
    DFW, TX

    Re: Introductions and Such

    Welcome to TFP!

    Here are some intro Pool School articles
    TFPC for Beginners
    ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry

    Here are the Recommended Levels for your pool.
    Here are the Recommended Pool Chemicals to maintain your pool and how to add them.
    Use PoolMath to figure out how much to add.
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    Jun 2012
    DFW, Texas

    Re: Introductions and Such

    Welcome to TFP Ktsheets! What an interesting story about your house.

    The previous responders have given you some good material to review, so I will echo their recommendations.
    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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    Mod Squad tim5055's Avatar
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    Franklin, NC

    Re: Introductions and Such

    Welcome to TFP!!
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    Casey's Avatar
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    Apr 2007
    SW PA

    Re: Introductions and Such

    Welcome Katie!
    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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