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    deswampifying - what a difference a day makes

    Hi all - just wanted to thank you for all the instructions. I've been reading, I bought the testkit, and yesterday I started trying to reclaim the swamp w/ a SLAM. Here are some photos. Will start updating on chemistry later so you all can help me follow it. After less than 24 hours I've gone from thick and black to being able to see the bottom. Just wanted to say thanks.

    The marble line in the pics is between little spa & main pool --spa looks pretty great, so it's a nice comparison

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    ~16'x40', 25k gallons IG, plaster, Purex Triton 4000 DE filter, Purex Triton Whisperflo WFE-3C 3/4 HP pump. Old pool - at least 30 years. Small spa area that overflows into main pool. Pentair Kreepy Krauly Legend cleaner. Propane Heater. Philadelphia suburbs.

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    Re: deswampifying - what a difference a day makes

    Doesn't progress feel good? Stay at it!
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    Re: deswampifying - what a difference a day makes

    wow that was nasty! great progress so far, keep it up!
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    Re: deswampifying - what a difference a day makes

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    Re: deswampifying - what a difference a day makes

    Thanks! Still clearing. Here are my current readings

    FC - 1.5
    CC- 1
    CH - 600
    TA - 100
    CYA - less than 20 but cloudier than yesterday - I added stabilizer in 2 socks
    PH - 7.5 (down from over 8.2 after adding acid this morning) yay

    headed out to add 3 gallons of bleach and backwash & skim some more.
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    Re: deswampifying - what a difference a day makes

    WOW! Did you see the creature from the Black Lagoon down there? LOL

    You are doing great so far! Just having the test kit will make all of the difference in reclaiming your pool.

    Make sure to keep your FC up to or slightly above SLAM levels as much as possible. Every time it slips below SLAM you lose a little ground against the algae.

    I am excited to see how this turns out with the wonderful progress you have already made!

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    Re: deswampifying - what a difference a day makes

    Keep those pictures coming... you're a prime candidate for my Inspirational threads thread.
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    Re: deswampifying - what a difference a day makes - I'm WINNING!

    Hey good morning! Here's a few more pics. I cannot believe this is only Day 3. These are from ~9am on Monday. I started this process and opened my test kit for the first time after I got back from Home Depot buying bleach at 1pm Saturday. So I'm less than 48 hours in.

    I know it seems like it'll take crazy $ and time -- so I wanted to document what I've been up to. Look at the crazy black sludge in my first post. Look at the pics from this morning -- you can see the cleaner at the bottom in the deep end. All I did was follow the instructions here as close as I could manage. I spent $30 on supporting this website and got a $10 coupon for the test kit. I spent $100 on the TF-100 testkit + the cool magnetic thing that swirls it around for you (I love that thing but if $ is tight, clearly not a priority). It came in 2 days. I spent $75 on 25 gallons of bleach, $15 on muriatic acid, and about $60 on 2 bags of de because I was out. I also stopped at Dairy Queen twice -- so that's $10 in blizzards . . . So I'm all in for less than $300 & I wasn't being particularly frugal & I doubt I'll have to buy any more of any of that stuff this season (except blizzards).

    Saturday I claimed the whole day for the pool. I started at 1pm, took some pics, tested, added stabilizer in 2 socks, added bleach, skimmed w/ the leaf rake, hosed down the leaf rake, emptied the skimmer, backwashed a couple times, added de, tested, drove to the pool store for acid, learned how to use photobucket, cleaned out my kreepy krauly robot helper (love that thing too) many times, and generally just spent from 1pm - 9pm between the pool and this website/the pool math calculator (which is fantastic). Sunday morning I tested, back to pool math, added bleach, took some pics, posted, skimmed a little, brushed, and spent about 45 minutes 3-4 different times. This morning I spent 15 minutes after I got my kid to the bus -- tooks these pics, tested just chlorine (it was 10 when I'm shooting for 12), I skipped pool math, guessed & added some bleach (2 gallons b/c I'll be gone all day), made sure my filter pressure was okay and probably wouldn't explode before I got home -- and came to work. So it definitely took that day of battle -- but I learned so much that now I feel like I can keep it up.

    I know it won't be quick for everyone and I'm not done and all that - but it's still pretty amazing. You guys who tend to this site all rock. New folks - believe and commit & buy the test kit! And if you can afford to -- go to the home page and "support the forum."

    Oh - and re: Home Depot store brand bleach -- it's 8.25% -- says "germicidal" but just seems to have sodium hypochlorite and it's $2.99 for a few oz shy of a gallon.





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    Re: deswampifying - what a difference a day makes

    You had some monster bleach in those jugs! WOW! It is hard to say that is even the same pool!

    NOW for the truth! It was ALL you! YOU put in the time and effort! It shows!

    Just think you will NEVER have to do this again if you follow the TFP way!

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    Re: deswampifying - what a difference a day makes

    Holly smokes what a change!
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