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    This site has saved me so much headache!

    This is my second season with our pool that we inherited when we bought our home. Last summer, I fumbled through pool care. I fought algae all summer, and I felt like every video I watched online or advice I got from the pool store resulted in more and more $$$. The water was always hazy, eyes would be irritated after swimming. I even got a couple ear infections.

    I remember one time last summer, after following pool-store instructions of powder shocking and adding tabs to the auto feeder etc, I took a sample of my water into the pool store to be tested. The girl there told me everything looked great except maybe the chlorine level was a little low and recommended some $40 bottle of something to put in it. I specifically asked her about the CYA levels after hearing something about that (although not knowing much), she said it was perfect.

    Now, I know I didn't add any CYA To the pool, so the level would be practically non-existent. This year I uncovered the pool, got the leaves and stuff out, and ordered a TF-100 test kit. After the full barrage of tests, and adding bleach and CYA as appropriate, I was blown away how clear and beautiful the water was the next day. All the haze was completely gone!

    My pool looks better than it ever has and I'm way more excited for pool season this year. Here's hoping I'm smooth sailing from here! Thanks guys!

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    16,100 gallon AG pool; 45" x 27' round; Installed July 2009
    Waterford Systems Sand Filter - JSAL180F; Pentair Dynamo 1.5 HP single speed pump
    TF-100 testing kit; Filled with city water - no water restrictions.

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    Re: This site has saved me so much headache!



    Absolutely! Only until we decide to try it ourselves do we realize how manageable and easy it is - not to mention rewarding. Nice looking set-up you have there. Enjoy!
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    Re: This site has saved me so much headache!

    ^^^^^too funny^^^^^^
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    Re: This site has saved me so much headache!

    Can you tell us how much that test kit was as a percentage of a typical pool store receipt?

    If you're amazed now, just wait. It'll get better. And then you'll become a pool snob and refuse to get in other pools.

    In a month or two, when you really realize how much money and grief this forum saved you, you might consider becoming a supporter.
    16K freeform gunite with spa; Pentair 4000 DE filter; Century Whisperflow 1 HP; Pentair Minimax heater.
    Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
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    Re: This site has saved me so much headache!

    I opted for the test kit and the little spinner gizmo that swirls the water, and it was like $114. I feel like on average when I went to the pool store I walked out of there spending at least $40-80 bucks. So I'm already getting bang for my buck.
    16,100 gallon AG pool; 45" x 27' round; Installed July 2009
    Waterford Systems Sand Filter - JSAL180F; Pentair Dynamo 1.5 HP single speed pump
    TF-100 testing kit; Filled with city water - no water restrictions.

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