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  1. L

    HELP! Will a dark pebble make my pool like bath water?

    I was 99% certain I had finalized my water color choice — Pebbletec Ocean Blue. I think I have reviewed every pic of it I can find via this site, Instagram, Houzz, YouTube, etc. If anybody has any other places where I can second guess my choice that would be great. ;) Now its the 11th hour...
  2. LuckyStiff63

    New Above-ground pool owner: Can someone direct me to the "How to NOT mess up a good thing, for dummies" section?

    Greetings all, from the (mostly) sunny Savannah, GA area. I'm an avid DIY type, who is stumbling through my first "real" pool experience. I've worked as an aircraft technician, Electronics tech, and a Systems Analyst, all of which might be helpful here, but I'm basically at a kindergarten...
  3. Farnsworth

    New MD, USA owner

    Hi everyone, My wife and I recently bought a large house with a pool. Both the house and pool were neglected, so we are treading water and leaning as we go. This is my first pool, so I have been lurking as I have ramped up. We've been working with the pool builder to get it back in shape...
  4. JLEAHG

    New Pool - Need Help

    I have a 15' x 42" Bestway above ground pool. From the website, I see that it holds 3,955 gallons at 90% capacity so I'm guessing that is about where I'm at on volume. I couldn't find the volume calculator in the PoolMath app, so if someone can point me in the right direction for that, I'd...
  5. M

    Just an endorsement of TFP for newbies, from a newbie

    Hello everyone, I just wanted to post a message for anyone new to the site or just exploring. At first you might think, "Does all of this really work?", "This is too complicated for me", and/or "My local pool store will help more than this site". As someone who was new to this site last year...
  6. H

    Help, I have white swirls in my pool, after algaecide and floc.

    My chemistry reading are. Ph 7.2 Free chlorine 5 Residual 3.0 All 80 ppm First time pool owner, 20 foot round, 48 in pool. Heads up our phosphates were 2400+, and I used phosphate remover, twice. The whole 32 oz bottle over 2 days. We have added stabilizer, and finally have this much chlorine...
  7. S

    THANK YOU - TFP

    This is the first year I've every owned a pool. We bought a 10' x 16' Best Steel Oval pool with an Intex 1000 GPH Pump. My MIL also gave us an ECO7110 SWG. I bought a pH upper and downer and Muriatic acid and baking soda. I was trying to boost my chlorine up to 3 from 0 using the SWG on boost...
  8. ghostriderglenn

    Waterway oasis spa/pool controller- help with wiring

    Hello, We recently had our pool completed ( yeah right) or should I say the contractor has become unavailable. I am fixing all the leaks and other issues. My question is: our pool has a spa connected with the pool and one waterway/first choice vsp. On the ui and the phone application it doesn’t...
  9. M

    Jumped in head first into the deep end with our first pool, thank God I found TFP! (Things I learned about SLAM and Pool Stores)

    Quick background: After purchasing a new home that came with a pool, I knew my knowledge was at a solid zero and that I'd need some major help. We turned to the company that the home's previous owners used to open/close the pool which informed us they no longer serviced our area. So I did some...
  10. O

    New Pool Owner, Won't be there for another 5 Weeks. What to do?

    Hi All! Just bought home with pool. Pool is open and currently all at the right levels, but house will empty for about 5 weeks. If it goes empty for the next 5 weeks, will I be facing a green pool when I move in? Do I need to hire someone to come every week, every other week, etc? Would...
  11. jwm207

    New AG pool owner opening for first time

    Good Morning! I have already learned so much from reading the forum, but I still feel a bit overwhelmed with opeing my pool for the first time this year. We got our 21ftt, bleach based, round AG pool late last summer and didnt really get to use it much. After reading though the Pool school and...
  12. A

    Bought a house with a pool on the MA/NH border near the seacoast

    Hi all, I'm new to pool ownership and bought a house during the winter that has a circa 1995 gunite inground pool. Decided to get professional help opening the pool last week and after filling and losing two inches of water, I decided I had a leak at the skimmer. Searching the internet for...
  13. HRCrayton

    Confused and Frustrated Newbie

    Good morning pool people! I am so thankful I found this site. I wish it had been sooner before I got myself into this pickle! I am hopeful that I will eventually find my way out of this and get to experience the joys and ease of a properly balanced pool, but I think I need help getting there...
  14. MattNpool30

    Large gray spot in mini pebble

    Hi, I'm getting a new construction pool completed and I notice a large gray spot in the deep end on the new mini pebble. I 1st notice it the following day after my pool was topped off. My concern is can it be removed without draining the pool? It is about a 20k gallon pool with NPT stonescape...
  15. M

    Vacuum cleaner connection

    I'm pool noob, so trying to educate myself via reading internet sites and forums. I shocked the pool recently and need to remove dead algae from the bottom. Previous owner left me a cleaner (Barracuda) and robot (Zodiac CX35). Robot is not doing a great job in collecting algae and lights "FULL"...
  16. T

    Hi Pool Newbie Here

    Hi, I'm new to this site and new to having a pool. We have an 18x36 in ground pool. My husband tells me it's 24,000 gal. I know we have a "deep end" where the diving board is :sneaky: As you can see I'm really green and just trying to learn all I can. This pool was my husbands gift to me for...
  17. P

    New to pools, have not gotten good advice from Local Pool Store

    I am sure you get these newbie questions all the time, but I am stuck and the local pool store has been no help. The store opened the pool and installed a Jandy Salt System and Opened my pool. To say that the opening was botched was an understatement. It a long story about that and getting them...
  18. R

    New member

    Hi. I received my TF 100 test kit today and started my trouble free pool journey. Lucky for me my brother-in-law has been a member for years and walked me through the testing process. Im currently slamming my pool due to a zero chlorine result. Everything else seems ok but the chlorine. I...
  19. I

    Newbie messes up

    New above ground pool owner here. We had a small 10’ pop up pool last year to get kids by and upgraded this year. We bought the Costco Bestway pool 22’x12’x4’ for this summer. I watched and a couple dozen YouTube videos about leveling the ground before setting up the pool and compiled all their...
  20. E

    New Pool Owner

    I just bought a new house with a 16×30 in ground pool with a gas heater. However, I have never owned a pool before! We are ready top open the pool, but have no idea what we should do? The water is currently clear, what do we need to do to "open" it? What do we need to maintain it? Thanks for any...
  21. J

    I was not prepared for this! 😲❄️❄️❄️

    This is my first pool in a house I just bought... So I know very little about this stuff. Any help is much appreciated for this Houston newbie... I read that to prepare for the winter storm I should leave the pump and waterfall running to prevent water from freezing in the pipes and...
  22. T

    TUBgrime Spa Project (Photo Heavy)

    Hello everyone and Happy Holidays. I have been waiting patiently for a deal and one popped up in my area for a used hot tub. I purchased a 2007 Hot Springs Envoy which is a 5 seater 450 gallon tub off of Facebork Marketplace for 600 bucks. Here's a photo of the listing. The guy selling was...
  23. J

    Trying to replace Circulation pump

    Howdy! first time on this forum, hope everyone is having a good day. I'm trying to replace the circulation pump in a Balboa EL Neptune (pretty sure that's what its called) Original pump in Hot tub was a Waterway cp-1/15-1n22a 3410020-0E motor The pump motor specs are labeled as follows 1/8 H.P...
  24. LooLooPoolNoob

    First test results. Help with raising CYA

    Got my TF 100 in today! Wooooo! Time to Slam out and fix this cloudy, neglected for 5 years, mess of a pool. Currently the pool is blue but cloudy. Found out today the bottom manifold of the Hayward is cracked. New one getting picked up tomorrow. New filters to be delivered today. Results as...
  25. M

    First time pool owner

    As the subject says I am a first time pool owner and definitely It looks like I have bit more than I can chew by purchasing a house with an infinity pool (22K gallons). Only three weeks in the house and I haven't been able to completely understand how this pool with a spa in it works which...
  26. BeachBum21

    St. Pete, FL stopping by to say hi!

    Hello, all! This site has been eye-opening to say the least, and I’ve loved reading your posts and comments on here. I’m Alie, business owner, wife, mom, and pool owner. (Although,it’s a really tiny pool.) But even tiny pools have problems and so I ventured here to see what I could find out...
  27. R

    Ground Prep for Intex Pool - Nuances

    Hi folks I am new to the forums, please forgive me if this should be obvious. I am the lucky owner of a 15' x 48" intex prism pool. I've been scouring the forums to learn what kind of ground work prep I need before I set up the pool. Based on what I have read, this is roughly what I plan on...
  28. J

    Going away, SWG and suspect algea outbreak

    Hi, I'm a new pool owner, pool was filled about 5 weeks ago. Up until last week I was manually adding dichlor and dry acid to keep the pool balanced, and didn't have any issues. Last week I added salt to 4000 ppm in preparation for the installation of a SWG, after adding the salt I had issues...
  29. P

    I am lost. (Novice pool owner) Please advise!

    Hey everyone, I am so confused on what to do with my pool at this point. Last week it turned green. Our chlorine was low, ph was low. Husband added stabilizer for some reason and that’s when it went all shades of gross. So after acquiring a more precise Taylor kit (the big one) we tried...
  30. T

    New member and pool girl by default

    Hi, I am from North Florida, where the current temps are in the upper 90’s right now. So glad we have a pool! My husband and I just recently took down an 8 year old 24’ round Intex pool, and replaced with a 24’ round hybrid resin/steel above ground pool. I was going to go with a saltwater...