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    Wink New member...new pool owner

    Hi all. I am a first time pool owner and am just getting my feet wet. I started my pool in May with trichlor tablets and the "recommended" weekly "shock". I am on my way to order my test kit but for now have been depending on strip and the OTO and pH test from Walmart. I am trying to take all this in to prevent any bad stuff from happening...so far my water looks good but would like to know it is good too. TX
    10,470 gallons @ 90%; 22' x 52" Intex Ultra Frame; cartridge filter 633T; May 2015

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    Re: New member...new pool owner

    Hello and welcome to TFP! You are making a good decision to take control on your own. 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. So for now, I would encourage you to remove any tablets/pucks, and only use bleach because those pool store products raise your CYA (stabilizer) to a dangerous level. Until your kits arrives, simply pour about 1 gallon of regular liquid bleach in your pool each evening after sunset.

    All the street talk about "weekly shock" and pool products is hogwash. We show you how to maintain your water 24/7, 365 days a year the way it should be. Good you're breaking away from that now before troubles set in. Not sure which test kit your ordered (TF-100 or Taylor K-2006), but when it arrives, make sure to post some numbers and we'll help keep you straight. Also, make sure to review the links you se below in my sig as they have everything there you need to know. If you ever have a question, just ask. Welcome to TFP!
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    Re: New member...new pool owner

    Here is something for your to read to show you have easy it is to take good care of a pool.

    Pool School - Basic Pool Care Schedule

    Nice huh?

    Kim
    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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    Re: New member...new pool owner

    Welcome, gracie64. You will love this site and a good test kit. I always followed the pool store recommendations too. My water got worse and my liner got bleached out. Weekly shock? Haven't "shocked" my pool since 2011 when this site opened my eyes!
    17,500 gal. ABG Doughboy Pool
    1/2 HP Pump/150 sq.ft. Cartridge Filter
    TF100 Test Kit And Speedstir

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    Re: New member...new pool owner

    Welcome to TFP!

    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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    A good test kit is an investment, not an expense.

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    Re: New member...new pool owner

    Thanks everyone.

    10,470 gallons @ 90%; 22' x 52" Intex Ultra Frame; cartridge filter 633T; May 2015

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