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  1. dangelini

    My first pool. First filter pull ever. Should I keep them or replace?

    Hello, I moved into this house July 4-ish. Pool was built by previous owners in 2013 i think. Been enjoying the pool. Successfully completed a SLAM. Chem and brushing skills are improving. Tonight ... I pulled the filters for the first time after watching a you-tube on how to do it...
  2. dangelini

    TF-100 test kit has arrived!

    k. thanks for the advice. :) Alas, overnight I lost 6 FC I'm gonna need even more CL
  3. dangelini

    Strange bottle of chlorinating liquid - orange not green (?)

    So, ... I'm slamming. I've bought many cases (each case has two 1 gallon jugs in it) of this chlorinating liquid (10% Hypo) from Home Depot. All are green, and all have a safety seal on the top under the plastic cap. The kind where you unscrew the cap, then peel off the safety seal. But then...
  4. dangelini

    TF-100 test kit has arrived!

    Cool, will do. One thing that perplexes me is ... once I add CL to bring it back to the appropriate level, how long to wait till retest? I suspect i should wait for the CL I just added to disperse evenly across and throughout the pool. Pump is running constantly during this, but not at full...
  5. dangelini

    TF-100 test kit has arrived!

    So far the SLAM is going well. Brushed this morning. Measured CYA: 30, FC:15 CC: 2 Three hours later, measured CYA: 30, FC: 11, CC: 0.5. So I used pool math to figure out how much CL to add to get FC back to 12 . (SLAMming at CYA-30/FC-12). Brushed again - no more green visible while...
  6. dangelini

    TF-100 test kit has arrived!

    Socks are out. Will measure resulting CYA in the morning. Skimmer water was full of gross floating bubble scum layer; I think the CL blast is starting to work. RIP algae. I swear those socks were clean when I put them in. :P
  7. dangelini

    TF-100 test kit has arrived!

    ok, i'll go pull them now. I'm guessing this means: - I'll greatly overshoot my slam target for FC - at least initially, and should let it drift down to 12 (if my CYA settles at 30) - Once i'm done with the slam I should move back to the SWCG chart and target 70 CYA and FC of 5 Off to pull the...
  8. dangelini

    TF-100 test kit has arrived!

    Are you sure? This page seems to indicate 60 or lower is not recommended: Chlorine / CYA Chart - Trouble Free Pool plus, just an hour ago I put in the 6 gallons of 10% CL that PoolMath recommended to get me to 28 FC :(
  9. dangelini

    TF-100 test kit has arrived!

    Cool - i learned today how to use the vac. Also... how to brush till my arms almost fell off. Mistake: Don't pour cya directly into the pool Success: Put in enough cya to get to 25 (well, it looks all dissolved and the test kit reads 25 when the dot disappears) Mistake: but ... then read the...
  10. dangelini

    TF-100 test kit has arrived!

    The previous owners left me one of these, along with the long bendy pipe I think attaches to it. But ... I don't know where to plug it in. :(
  11. dangelini

    TF-100 test kit has arrived!

    Just brushed it again ... much of it dissolves during brushing into a fine white cloud. I have no vac so I'll try to brush it into oblivion. I'll also try brushing the undissolved granules into a corner and try to scoop it up in a beaker - then hopefully "sock it" and drop in the skimmer.
  12. dangelini

    TF-100 test kit has arrived!

    Sooo, i added the cya acid. And ... I'm learning this stuff doesn't dissolve very quickly. Brushed it around for a bit. Kid came home from school and said there was Snow in the Pool. Yeah ... 'snow' ... told them to stay out of it. I'll keep brushing it around occasionally till it...
  13. dangelini

    TF-100 test kit has arrived!

    PH settled at 7.3 Did some math and added enough CYA to get to 30 (from zero) Brushed.
  14. dangelini

    TF-100 test kit has arrived!

    Okay ... SLAM procedures started! This morning - - pulled breaker for the SWG - disabled the cleaner's pump schedule - removed cleaner from pool - pool filter pump switched on its normal flow rate - planning to leave it on for days during this. - brushed every inch of the pool - measured PH at...
  15. dangelini

    TF-100 test kit has arrived!

    Okay Texas Splash, will do!
  16. dangelini

    TF-100 test kit has arrived!

    Hello, Due to what I'm sure was just a transient error when I tried to buy the kit on the normal website, I went ahead over to Amazon and ordered it there. It arrived yesterday. Ordered: August 17th Arrived: August 19th Very fast!! Especially since Amazon warned me this item might not...
  17. dangelini

    Hello! Moved to a new house; it's my first pool. 30 days in and it's still swimmable! Hoping to keep it that way.

    frogabog>"I assume the lower pool is intended for the kids?" Yes, I think so. If the adults are in the yard (there's a fire pit, seating, other stuff down there) then the kids can swim in the little pool and still be in sight of them. Which reminds me, i've got 3 kids ... the two older ones...
  18. dangelini

    Hello! Moved to a new house; it's my first pool. 30 days in and it's still swimmable! Hoping to keep it that way.

    >-So you have a pretty big looking filter (do you know how to clean it?) heh, I have no idea. So... they need cleaned occasionally? >-And I see what looks to be a gas heater (kinda ancient looking? Looks like a short R2D2 to me!) but that's probably just for the spa, you think? I found if I...
  19. dangelini

    Hello! Moved to a new house; it's my first pool. 30 days in and it's still swimmable! Hoping to keep it that way.

    Maddie>"Gorgeous.....very Italian looking actually. I could have sworn those were olive trees." Good eye! There are olive trees mixed in with the oaks. In fact, the front of the house features two 100+ year old olive trees the previous owners imported from Spain when they redid the house...
  20. dangelini

    Hello! Moved to a new house; it's my first pool. 30 days in and it's still swimmable! Hoping to keep it that way.

    Maddie> "I'd love to see a pic or three of this interesting pool! It's big and has upper and lower spots.....very cool." Ask and ye shall receive! Here's some pics I've grabbed from my laptop ... the sun has long since gone down here... Some of these I took, others I grabbed from the house...
  21. dangelini

    Hello! Moved to a new house; it's my first pool. 30 days in and it's still swimmable! Hoping to keep it that way.

    Alas, when I tried to buy the TF-100 with XL option, I get a strange error (see pic below). So, I went ahead and ordered a TF-100 on amazon just now. Hopefully it arrives soon. There was no option for XL though via amazon. Oh well.
  22. dangelini

    Hello! Moved to a new house; it's my first pool. 30 days in and it's still swimmable! Hoping to keep it that way.

    frogabog> "I'm sure there's information about your SWCG lights online, or maybe the manual was left there for you?" They left me no manuals... they left me a dusty test kit, a length of blue bendy pipe, a pool cleaning robot, and a pole with a net in the end that has a hole in it. lol But...
  23. dangelini

    Hello! Moved to a new house; it's my first pool. 30 days in and it's still swimmable! Hoping to keep it that way.

    Maddie, <paisano??> . Aha, yes! Born in the U.S. and all, but I fly back to see the family as often as I can. (Pescara area) Here's pics of the pump room and the equipment that's in it. The pumps are in a room under the patio, level with the small lower pool, and shares a wall with the...
  24. dangelini

    Hello! Moved to a new house; it's my first pool. 30 days in and it's still swimmable! Hoping to keep it that way.

    Texas Splash, that TF-100 kit and writeup look great. So far, just for CL, I'm using a test kit I found that the sellers left behind in the underground pool pump room. Dusty, without instructions, and i don't know how old it is. Here's a pic of what it looks like. Maybe I need to buy...
  25. dangelini

    Hello! Moved to a new house; it's my first pool. 30 days in and it's still swimmable! Hoping to keep it that way.

    frogabog, that totally makes sense; the cl being too low. They left me a test kit with built in color bars and two built in vials and the chlorine test color is such a light yellow I can barely tell the difference from clear. So far for the first month I've focused only on salt level and...
  26. dangelini

    Hello! Moved to a new house; it's my first pool. 30 days in and it's still swimmable! Hoping to keep it that way.

    Hello, I moved to a house with a pool. My first one! It's a salt pool, and there are pools in my family (my sister has a salt pool, my cousin has a salt pool,etc. As the saying goes: "... there are many like it, but this one is mine!" And ... I've never cared for a pool before...