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Thread: Above ground intex pool 22' by 52" how 2 get started

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    Jun 2015
    Doon iowa

    Above ground intex pool 22' by 52" how 2 get started

    I've wasted a lot of money over the years on chlorine tabs and lots over the years and it still turns green. How should I start right?
    I have a 22' by 52" above ground index pool with a factory filter system.

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    DaninFLA's Avatar
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    Apr 2015
    Sarasota, FL

    Re: Above ground intex pool 22' by 52" how 2 get started

    easy, first step is to come here...check!

    second step is to order the recommended test kit...I think the TF-100 is the best value.

    after you get the test, post full results here and we will put you on the right direction.

    since you used tabs your CYA is probably going to be really high and require a partial drain and refill....but first things first, get the test kit

    and welcome to the forum!
    9,000 gallon in-ground Saltwater pool, plaster, cartridge filer, 1.0 hp pump, Hayward T-15 SWCG, TF-100
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    May 2015
    La Porte, TX

    Re: Above ground intex pool 22' by 52" how 2 get started

    Get a good test kit and test test test, until you get the hang of it. Trust me, it really won't take long if you use the resources here. Pool Math, FC/CYA chart, etc.
    Get rid of the tablets and just use bleach. Regular bleach 8.25% (Sodium Hypochlorite) with no additives is what I use. Most pool store chlorine has Stabilizer/Conditioner which raises your CYA. FC levels are dependent on what your CYA is. The higher the CYA, the more FC you need but the longer the FC will last. It's a balancing act and you'll need good numbers from a good test kit to get those. Most here recommend the TF-100. I have the TK2006 these will allow you to see FC levels far higher than the cheap color matching kits as they rarely measure over 5 and you'll need to read higher than that at times to get it right.
    Test from the beginning, post your numbers here and these guys will get you going in the right direction straight away.

    This is my first year and I'm already understanding what I'm doing because they tell you WHY! The pool store will never do that for you.
    Cornelius Monterey Steel/Resin AG 18' round (approx. 7600+gallons) Hayward veri-flo SWG w/sand filter.Testing w/ TK2006 using Speed stir.

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    Aug 2012
    DFW, TX

    Re: Above ground intex pool 22' by 52" how 2 get started

    Welcome to TFP!

    Get one of the Recommended Test Kits, I use the TF100 from

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    TFPC for Beginners
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