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    Jun 2015
    Greenfield ma

    Greetings from a pool Newbie

    Just bought a house with in IG vinyl pool (stats below). Previous owner did not take care of it as well as should have. I already drained 30% of the water to get the CYA from 104 to 73. I took apart and cleaned out the entire filter and vaccumed all the green algae off the wall. Am going a bit crazy getting mixed messages from the pool guy who I hired just to show me how to work the equipment and the pool store who wanted to sell me a bunch of stuff. I ordered a Taylor TK 2006 test kit and am trying to get the water balanced but having trouble. Its been a tough start to home and pool ownership but I think I'm getting there, hopefully one of these days this summer i'll get to use the pool.

    Tom-Massachusetts-22000 Gallons * IG * Vinyl * Manual Bleach Chlorination * Hayward EC65 DE Filter

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    Mod Squad Texas Splash's Avatar
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    Jun 2014
    South-Central Texas, Marion/San Antonio

    Re: Greetings from a pool Newbie

    Welcome Tom! Well, your gut is telling you correctly, and ordering the K2006 is a great start. Why? Because we've all learned (from personal experience) you cannot reply on pool store tests, test strips, or simple over-the-counter kits. They don't read Free Chlorine (FC) or Cyanuric Acid (CYA) levels accurately or to the high levels we need.

    Golden rule - Avoid the pool store for testing, advice, or products. You simply won’t get the advice/service you deserve and you will waste money on products your pool doesn’t need. Do not add anything to your pool other than what is advocated by the TFP site or its experts. You’ll have a happier pool, spend less time maintaining your pool, and probably save some $$ in the process. The following are short articles from this site that you will see linked in my signature below: Pool School, Recommended Levels (for YOUR pool), PoolMath Calculator, SLAM, and the Chlorine/CYA Chart.

    Once you receive your kit, post some numbers for us.

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    Mod Squad kimkats's Avatar
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    Tallahassee, FL

    Re: Greetings from a pool Newbie

    TOM! So glad you are here! Dump the pool guy and store! They are not your friends nor your pools friends.

    How does your pool look today?

    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

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    Jun 2012
    DFW, Texas

    Re: Greetings from a pool Newbie

    Welceome to TFP!

    Having a good test kit in-hand means you've already won half the battle. Now it's just a matter of posting some test results and going from there.

    Here are some resources to give you an overview of managing your pool using our methods:
    1. ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry
    2. Chlorine CYA Chart
    3. Recommended Pool Chemicals
    4. Recommended Levels
    5. Pool Math
    Gold Supporter, TFP Lifetime Supporter, 26,680 gal Plaster IGP 3.5 - 10' depth / Attached Waterfall Spa, Manually Chlorinated, Triton Sand Filter, 1.5 HP * 1.1 SF = 1.65 SFHP 1-speed Pentair WhisperFlo WF-26 Pump, 400K BTU NG Teledyne Laars Series One Heater, Polaris 360, Test Kit Comparison, Chlorine/CYA Chart, SLAMing Your Pool, OCLT
    A good test kit is an investment, not an expense.

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