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    Trouble taking deep breaths after swimming... Why?

    I think smykoski has it right. You tend to take deep breaths and hold it when swimming. It's common the first couple times swimming of the year to have sore diaphragm muscles. It shouldn't persist all season long though.
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    Does anyone know the ideal pH for home.

    Yes, that "slimy" feeling is normal with soft water. Just use less soap. Hair should feel softer after washing even though it feels like the soap isn't washing off completely. Sorry, no idea on the ideal pH but I'm guessing its no different than a pool: 7.5
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    Surgical Scar and Swimming

    I would think you need to have new skin on the wound to consider it healed and water tight. No scab. No drainage.
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    Surgical Scar and Swimming

    Keep it dry until it heals and then after that if you want to minimize scarring then you really have to keep it out of the sun for 1 year. Even sun block won't provide 100% protection against permanent scarring. However, with a 3" incision, you are probably expecting to keep some level of scar...
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    How often do you pull critters out of your pool?

    The critter was alive when it fell in your pool so it shouldn't have been teeming with bacteria like a decomposing animal. And since your pool was sanitized to begin with, there shouldn't be much decomposition going on in the pool either. I wouldn't be to worried and certainly wouldn't consider...
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    We should come up with a new term

    It wouldn't hurt though... Many people go straight to the forums. Pool school is too much to read for them. Yes, there will always those who post asking for help without reading anything but a sticky would catch a few more people who are confused about shocking.
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    We should come up with a new term

    I think it would be worthwhile to put a sticky thread in the just getting started forum titled "What 'shock' REALLY means" People notice sticky threads and a title like that gets your attention. A well written 100 word summary would get the point across and could refer the reader to the full...
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    How do I get this out of my pool?

    Nothing the shock process couldn't handle! Might just take an extra week....
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    Big Insurance increase because of our pool with diving board

    Re: Big Insurance increase because of our pool with diving b To follow up on my situation, Isaac scared me away from a diving board. That and I didn't like my insurance companies answer that "they would insure me with a diving board only because I was an existing customer". It seems like the...
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    Side effects of new pool!!!

    LOL!
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    We should come up with a new term

    I do have to admit that until 1 month ago when I started reading this forum, I thought "Shock" was the name of a product type. In general, I think non-pool owners have no clue how complex pool chemistry can be. Not that its *that* complete, but its not as simple as throwing some chlorine in the...
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    Big Insurance increase because of our pool with diving board

    Re: Big Insurance increase because of our pool with diving b I talked to my insurance confirmed a diving board was OK because I'm an existing customer. However they did clarify that if I was a new customer they wouldn't insure me because of the diving board. So that doesn't make me feel very...
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    Big Insurance increase because of our pool with diving board

    Re: Big Insurance increase because of our pool with diving b An old thread I know, but I was going to post about how I was suprised that my insurance company (Liberty Mutual) said there would be no increase in my premium for an in-ground pool as long as it was inside a locked fence. I was...