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    Jun 2015

    New member and pool owner

    Hello all!!
    I just bought a house that came with a 20 x 40 rectangular in-ground pool. I have done some fair amount of research on Google and Youtube on how to maintain and own a pool. I'm thrilled a site like this exists which will be so helpful for me to be successful pool owner. The previous owners of the house have not opened the pool in 6 years! They were quite elderly and didn't use it anymore. They did winterize it each year but the pool is as black as black can be with dirt and debris, even the shallow 3ft end its hard to make out the bottom in a full sun. I have pros coming this year to drain it, acid wash it and refill it. See you on the threads!

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    Apr 2007
    Sebring, Florida

    Re: New member and pool owner

    Welcome to the forum.
    Dave S. - Forum owner
    42k vinyl and concrete pool, 1.5hp pump, 140gpm filter
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    Tallahassee, FL

    Re: New member and pool owner

    We would love to see pics and updates as you get it cleaned up.

    Good luck!

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    South-Central Texas, Marion/San Antonio

    Re: New member and pool owner

    Welcome! Please take a few moments to review the links you see in many of our signatures as the will serve you well in this forum. Also, feel free to add your pool info to your signature by going to the top of the TFP web page (just under the Pool School button) and select "SETTINGS". On the next page look to the left for a menu bar that says, “MY SETTINGS” and go to "EDIT SIGNATURE" to enter your pool and equipment info there. It will help us later. Welcome to TFP!
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    Jun 2012
    DFW, Texas

    Re: New member and pool owner

    Welcome to TFP!

    You will need one of the Recommended Test Kits to properly manage your pool. I use the TF-100 because it's the best value and they have a freshness guarantee. You can order it here: They ship fast - you should have it in your hands in 2-3 days with normal shipping. If you want to really do the right thing, I would order one of these test kits tonight. Do not rely on pool store testing - it is notably inaccurate and they will use those results to sell you all sorts of chemicals you do not need that will cost you way more than this test kit.

    While you are waiting for your kit to arrive, 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
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