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    Punked the Pool Store

    So I had to make a quick trip to the pool store to buy a few bottles of metal sequestrant. Having heard all of the horror stories here, I thought I'd take a water sample with me out of curiosity to see what they tried to sell me. Before I left, I took a set of results with the TF-100. They were as follows:

    FC 5
    CC 0
    Ph 7.4
    TA 80
    CH 250 (measured yesterday)
    CYA 40 (measured yesterday)
    Salt: 3100 (measured yesterday)

    By all accounts, this is a well-balanced pool. So here begins the fun:

    The woman tested my water. Her first remark, "Well, it's not bad, but not great. We can make it better." "Let me go grab a few things for ya that will make your water perfect." I ask her if I can see the results and she says, "Of course, let me just take this with me now so I'll know what to grab." Off she goes up and down the aisles with basket in hand. She returns a few minutes later with the following:

    1. 100 Ct. Trichlor pucks
    2. 2 bottles of what she describes as algae preventative
    3. A bottle of who-knows-what that I "need" to put in my skimmer so that it will prevent build up on my heater.
    4. A water thermometer (!?!)
    5. Conditioner (CYA)
    6. Foam down
    7. Ph Up
    8. Ph down

    When she came back with all of these items I opened my eyes really big and said, "OMG! I had no idea my water was in such bad shape!" She said, "That's why we're here. Lots of people don't understand what is necessary to have really good pool water." It thought to myself: Yeah lady, and you're one of them!

    I told her I really appreciated her help but only got enough cash out to pay for the metal sequestrant and that I would think about coming back for the rest of the items. She said she would hold the basket for me at the counter for a couple of hours in case I changed my mind. I'd guess there were about $300+ worth of stuff she was trying to sell me, when all I needed was $40 worth.

    Thank goodness for TFP!! She was so convincing that if I didn't know any better, I may have bought everything she tried to sell me!!

    So, my curiosity satisfied, I can now rest assured that I will never set foot in a pool store again.
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    Re: Punked the Pool Store

    I watched them load a poor woman up. She had an above ground pool, looked pretty lost as if she had no idea what she was doing.

    I felt like interrupting the clerk and handing him a ski mask!
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    Re: Punked the Pool Store

    Here you need pH Down ... and then you want to go ahead and use ph Up
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    Re: Punked the Pool Store

    Make sure you get LOTS of stabilizer in there so that you need LOTS of pucks to keep it from getting green. And then we can tell you it's phosphates so that you "need" phosphate remover. Still green, must not be just that then, add some algae killer, now you need some metal out.

    Now you should be good to go (until the pucks add more cya and this game starts all over again).


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    Re: Punked the Pool Store

    yeah, its somewhat incredible. The sad part is, the girl working in the pool store likely thought she was doing the right thing.
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    Re: Punked the Pool Store

    I like the up-sell on the thermometer too
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    Re: Punked the Pool Store

    Quote Originally Posted by Divin Dave View Post
    yeah, its somewhat incredible. The sad part is, the girl working in the pool store likely thought she was doing the right thing.
    I am sure. The pool store that I still sometimes go to for some last minute stuff had one guy that knew how to use a K2006. If he was out it was shooting in the dark with strips.


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    Re: Punked the Pool Store

    The worst part is, I was so stunned at the amount of **** she was trying to sell, I completely forgot to ask for a copy of her test results!

    I thought thermometer upsell was hilarious, too!

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