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    Id like to share my journey

    Bought a house last nov with a pool. Didnt know jack about anything. I made mistake of dumping winters leftovers in pool when i got lazy and tried to take cover off by myself without cleaning. Resulted in immediate swamp 6 days ago.


    Took immediate action and bought rake for leaves and spent hours scooping blindly for a couple days. At night i read this forum and the philosophy resonated with me. I ordered test kit tf100 which came today but i took action using 6 way strips to guestimate with pool math until then as i sure in **** wasnt going to let it fester! Pool school helped me to make key decisions along the way as i had plenty of the previous owners supplies which was everything against tfp philosophy such as:

    Gutted the nature2 visionpro mineral cartridge and left trichlor tabs out since i did not want cya. I figured even after winter with the previous owner using it chances it was already enough. Strip estimated some 30 to 50.

    I was tempted to use leftover bags of shock which was calcium hypochlorite which i did not find favorable after pool school. So school steered me from this.

    In the mean time i spent mem day weekend cleaning multiple times vacuuming and cleaning filter repeatedlyand think this is a big factor for anyone fixing swamps. I tested twice a day and added bleach accordingly to strips and pool math using best guess chlorinating at middle of strips cya range. Needless to say i got lucky. Here are tf100 numbers tonight after shooting in the dark all week without precise testing.

    FC: 14
    CC: 1
    CYA: 35
    TA: 15
    CH: 225
    Ph: did not measure due to FC level

    3 days post swamp

    4 days after swamp

    6 days post swamp (tonight)


    Thank you pool nerds!! Ill update hopefully soon with clear waters in a couple days!

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    Re: Id like to share my journey

    Great job! Keep slamming your almost there.

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    Re: Id like to share my journey

    Hi,
    Keep it up. THats pretty great progress for 6 days! It will be sparkly clear in no time!
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    Re: Id like to share my journey

    Correction: TA 150 not 15. Thanks folks. I did get the speedstir....i always like gadgets. Im curious how high the cya was for it to be 35 after winter? Not sure how much it decreases over few months? Plus i added 3 inches of water. 3 inches is 1000 gallons whew!

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    Re: Id like to share my journey

    You'll get there, but will you want to change your name when you do?

    Maybe we can talk you into i_love_pools??
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    Re: Id like to share my journey

    Looking good, Keep it up and it will be looking awesome!
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    Re: Id like to share my journey

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick_B View Post
    You'll get there, but will you want to change your name when you do?

    Maybe we can talk you into i_love_pools??
    Heh i was a little emotional when i joined!

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    Re: Id like to share my journey

    Please update this with a pic of the final result if you don't mind. It would be nice to see a series of pics showing the progress. And you've got a good start on it already. All thats left is the final clean, clear, sparkling pic!!!!!!!
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    Re: Id like to share my journey

    Quote Originally Posted by i_hate_pools View Post
    Heh i was a little emotional when i joined!
    That's ok, most people are and often come after years, and years of frustration or inconsistent results. We specialize in calming them down, and turning them into happy pool owners.
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    Re: Id like to share my journey

    Great progress! Thank you for sharing!
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    Re: Id like to share my journey

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick_B View Post
    That's ok, most people are and often come after years, and years of frustration or inconsistent results. We specialize in calming them down, and turning them into happy pool owners.
    The last house i had it came with a 16x32 inground pool and i just took my dump truck and filled it in with free dirt from the cemetary! Am i allowed to stay knowing my history now?

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    Re: Id like to share my journey

    Not finding clarity yet....grrr. losing about 6ppm of fc overnight still for some reason. CC is .5 or less....cant tell for sure
    Here is todays visual. This is about 13 feet out 48 inches deep.

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    Re: Id like to share my journey

    You are getting there. Keep up the SLAM.
    Lisa
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    Re: Id like to share my journey

    Quote Originally Posted by Azgirl71 View Post
    You are getting there. Keep up the SLAM.
    I am trying!!! Are there some sacrifices and dance chants i can offer to the pool gods or something???

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    Re: Id like to share my journey

    Oh how I wish there were. You have been doing great though. The difference from when you started to now is amazing! Have a little POP and relax some
    Lisa
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