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    Thanks tfpc

    Hey all, I’m Dan and I’ve been lurking here since we bought our AGP in August. We hadn’t planned on buying a pool, but they had a Coleman 18x48 at Wally World for$190 and my gf talked them down to $160. I’ve kept fresh and saltwater aquariums for many years but I’ve never had pool. So I asked my know it-all friend Google and found this site.

    TFPC kept my pool crystal clear until I let it go in December. After enough nagging from the gf I vacuumed out about 15lbs of leaves and slammed it. Against my now better judgement, I tried to raise CYA during the slam and added too much. It was at 80, so I drained half the pool and filled back up( thank god it’s only 6800 gallons). This added a few extra days to the slam. My water is back to crystal clear, just too cold to swim. Current stats are:

    FC: 8 (slowly letting it come down into range)
    CC: undetectabe
    PH:7.4 ( not too worried about it being at Low end of spectrum since we’re not swimming yet)
    TA: 90
    CYA: 40
    test kit is Taylor k-2006. I also bought a big bottle of CYA regent.

    I’ve upgrade the weak canister filter for an intex sand filter. I had diy pvc surface skimmers but they were a real pita. I didn’t think the intex surface skimmer would fit my intakes. I was wrong, I just put one on and am considering a second. It works surprisingly well for the price. I had some aquarium pebbles weighting down the old pvc skimmers and accidentally dumped a whole bunch in the pool. They’ll have to wait until the water if warm enough to sweep out.

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    Re: Thanks tfpc

    HI! So much about this post makes my heart smile! Thanks for letting us know how we have been able to help you keep your pool clear and clean! What test kit did you end up getting?

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    Taylor k-2006. I may go for the tf100 next year. I didn’t know about them when I bought my first kit, I just researched titration test kits for pools and that’s the one I thought was best.

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    Re: Thanks tfpc

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    Re: Thanks tfpc

    It is a good test kit. It has the good FC test that can help you SLAM if needed. Did you know you can buy refills for your kit from Taylor K-2006 and 1766 (Salt Water test) Refills ? They are on sell right now if you need to any refills.

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    Re: Thanks tfpc

    Thanks Kim I’ll take a look.

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    Re: Thanks tfpc


    you can see the pile of pebbles in the right side. I’ll take a dust pan and hand broom to it when the water is warm enough.

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    Re: Thanks tfpc

    Are you SURE there is water in there??? That is some clear water right there! You can use a shopvac to suck up the pebbles up and out if you do not want to wait.

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    Re: Thanks tfpc

    Thanks for the tip Kim I’ll ask my neighbor if the hose on his shopvac is long enough, mine isn’t. Any thoughts on adding a second intex surface skimmer?

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    Re: Thanks tfpc

    You may have to join the two hoses together to make them long enough.

    The second skimmer is up to you. I have a 33' round pool with only one skimmer and one return. It works for me but your area might be different. It is up to you if you add the second one or not.

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    Re: Thanks tfpc

    There are two intakes but they are both on the same side of the return. I think because of that design I am essentially cutting off flow to 1/2 the pool. My thought is to run a longer hose to the second skimmer and put into the other side of the return so water flows more in a mushroom pattern if that makes sense.

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    Re: Thanks tfpc

    Sounds like a good plan to me! Can you close off one of the inlets then throw some ping pong balls in to see how the water flows then.

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    Re: Thanks tfpc

    Look what I found:

    Intex SWG and Skimmer

    Maybe y'all can make a deal!

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    Re: Thanks tfpc

    Quote Originally Posted by kimkats View Post
    Sounds like a good plan to me! Can you close off one of the inlets then throw some ping pong balls in to see how the water flows then.

    Kim
    I hadn’t thought of that. Great idea. As far as the SWG goes, I’m not looking at going that route with this pool. We may be moving to Jacksonville in the next year and will be looking for a home with a pool.

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    Re: Thanks tfpc

    The cats HATE when I put the ping pong balls in the pool. They want to get them SO bad!! LOL

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    Re: Thanks tfpc

    I’m glad I found this site as well. I’ve had friends through the years struggling to manage their water. I never knew it could be done so simply. In the future I’ll have this resource to offer them.

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