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    Jun 2015
    Plano, texas


    Hi everyone! I'm Elle from Dallas and a first time pool owner. We just bought our house a year ago and the whole pool experience has been a roller coaster! I thought we could just hire a pool company to take care of it for us but we have quickly learned that they are pretty much useless and I can do a better job myself, so I ended up here! Thanks for all the help so far!

    I have been reading through all the info and just purchased a Dolphin Z5 and now I am thinking about working on the chemicals myself as well. It's a lot for me to take in. Working full time and taking care of my 2 year old twins while my husband works and then layer pool care on top of it! Whew! So with all that being said I am sure you will see a lot of me and I will be asking a ton of questions. I look forward to getting to know you all.

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    Mod Squad jblizzle's Avatar
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    May 2010
    Tucson, AZ

    Re: Newbie!!

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    Your story sounds like so many of ours

    Of course the first step to taking control is investing in one of the Recommended Test Kits

    Have you discovered Pool School yet? Start with these to get you speaking our language :
    ABCs of Water Chemistry
    Recommended Pool Chemicals
    How to Chlorinate Your Pool

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    Mod Squad kimkats's Avatar
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    Jul 2012
    Tallahassee, FL

    Re: Newbie!!

    WOW! Working full time WITH 2 yr old twins??????? Tired, need sleep...................then taking care of your pool! Your plate is full!

    You will LOVE it here! It will be easy to take care of your pool and oh so much cheaper!

    The first thing you need to get is a good test kit. See my siggy below to find the link to them.

    I am a Kindergarten teacher so some of what you go through! My guess is the pool is a wonderful way to wear those little darlings out so they will want to go to bed at night!

    Let us know when your test kit comes in and we can help you learn how to use it!

    TFP Moderator 33x52 round AG 25,600 gals Sand Filter 1.5hp Pump - 2 Speed, SLAM, Pool School, Recommended Levels, Recommended Chemicals, Pool Math, Chlorine/CYA Chart, TF-100 Test Kit, Become a TFP supporter!

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    Aug 2012
    Orlando, FL

    Re: Newbie!!

    Welcome, glad you're here. It is a bit overwhelming at first but it does not take long to catch on. Ask any questions, there is always someone here to help you.
    Sharkline Reprieve 15x52 (3/14). Still using Intex 2650 Sand Filter with Hayward Power-Flo Matrix 3/4 HP pump (6/15). Solar Cover cut into strips for easy removal, (2) 2*10 Space Saver solar panels. Swim Jet HD Robot (by Aquabot) (3/15). Chlorine Liquidator (4 gal). 4 person hot tub. Hard pipe is the way to go for improved flow! Retired Lil Shark (3/15). Starite Max E Therm 333k BTU Propane Heater w/ 24 gal tank (7/15).

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    Jun 2012
    DFW, Texas

    Re: Newbie!!

    Welcome to TFP!
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    A good test kit is an investment, not an expense.

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    Jun 2011

    Re: Newbie!!

    Hi there Elle! Welcome to the forum. Glad you found us.
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    Essential Links:
    TF-100 Test Kit, ABC's Of Pool Chemistry, Test Kits, SLAM Your Pool
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    South-Central Texas, Marion/San Antonio

    Re: Newbie!!

    Hi Elle! You're in the right place. This will be easy stuff before you know it. Your twins will be doing cannonballs in your pool like my 16 year old twins do in no time. Welcome to the team!
    Pat (a.k.a. Texas Splash) ~ My Pool: Viking Fiberglass; 17,888 Gal; Waterway Supreme 2-sp/2-hp pump; Hayward Ctg filter; TF-100 w/ Speed Stir
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