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    blueheeler's Avatar
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    May 2015
    Colleyville, TX

    Quick intro

    This is my 3rd year as a pool owner. I found TFP after a long and confusing search for practical explanation on how to maintain my pool levels. I even purchased a crappy overpriced book on Amazon that completely glossed over this critically important aspect of pool maintenance.

    First year, I just did what people told me – using a floater and shocking the pool approximately every other week (alternating between Fresh N Clear and Dichlor). Not surprisingly, my CYA levels climbed to 150 or so by the end of the season.

    Last year after draining about 75% of the pool I tried using the TFP method and it worked well – until I got lazy and started using my floater again (in addition to liquid chlorine). After draining the pool my CYA levels were actually too low. I figured I could raise CYA gradually with my floater, but by the end of the season it was too high (101 ppm). Lesson learned!

    After having to partially drain again at the start of this season, I am sticking to the TFP method. No Floater! I am tracking my levels in a spreadsheet and being quite obsessive about it. Occasionally, I feel compelled to evangelize the TFP method, but mostly I am met with blank looks when I do. I realize I am being boorish, but it’s hard not to react when someone tells you that they don’t use chlorine at all in their pool (just non-chlorine shock?!) or that they just maintain their pools by instinct (no tests?!).

    Re: my avatar and user name. I do own a Blue Heeler and he is an absolute stinker. I think he is getting better behaved as he gets older (he’s 1 years old now) or maybe he is just wearing me down.
    10K gal - IG - plaster - DE - Nautilus NS 48 - AO Smith 1hp
    CH 250 / FC 4.0 / CC 0.2 / pH 7.2 / TA 60 / CYA 30 (taylor k-2006 kit)

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    Tucson, AZ

    Re: Quick intro

    Just thank those people for letting you know how they maintain their pools as now you know that you will never swim in them
    Jason, TFP Moderator
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    BoDarville's Avatar
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    Jun 2012
    DFW, Texas

    Re: Quick intro

    Welcome to TFP!

    Quote Originally Posted by blueheeler
    I am tracking my levels in a spreadsheet and being quite obsessive about it.
    I do the same thing.
    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
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    Casey's Avatar
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    Apr 2007
    SW PA

    Re: Quick intro

    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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