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    Mar 2018
    Arcadia, CA

    Newbie to maintaining a pool

    Hey everyone. I just assumed responsibility of the pool at my mother's house (her pool guy is super flaky) I've watched a few videos, read some forums and Q & A, and about to order some cleaning supplies.

    I see that shocking a pool and algaecide isn't 'necessary' for every pool. Where I'm confused is the testing part. Are those simple strips online ideal (the 4-way or 7-way)? Some have said test 2X a week, while some said do it every other day.

    Is it necessary (and how often) to brush the sides? I've never seen our pool guy do that. The pool looks pretty clear besides the leaves and small debris, which I'll get a skimmer/net for.

    Thanks !!
    I'll take measurements and approx. gallons very soon

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    Mod Squad Jimrahbe's Avatar
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    Jul 2014
    Bedford, TX

    Re: Newbie to maintaining a pool


    Welcome to TFP... a great place to find the answers to all your pool maintenance questions...

    I suggest you start with this link... Pool School - ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry

    And then to our recommended test kits... See this link... Pool School - Test Kits Compared

    I have three pools and have never added any pool store "Shock" nor algaecide, nor PhosFree or any other "magic" in the past four or five years that I have owned them...

    I only use the TFP Pool Care process and my TF-100 test kit... I would recommend testing every couple of days until you get to "know" your pool.. After than once a week is plenty.

    After you read our pool school articles, please start asking more questions in our other sub-forums...

    Thanks for your Intro,

    Jim R.
    Finished in 2015 - 17K Gal, IG, 20' x 25' Almost Rectangular Pool, Pebble finish, three rockport water falls. Pentair Equipment: EasyTouch 4, IC40 SWG, 3 HP VS Pump, CCP520 Cartridge Filter.
    TF100 with SpeedStir and SampleSizer, ColorQ Pro 7, Dolphin Premier Robot Cleaner, added Screen Logic 2, added small 3 person Caldera Spa.

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    Mod Squad Texas Splash's Avatar
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    Jun 2014
    South-Central Texas, Marion/San Antonio

    Re: Newbie to maintaining a pool

    Welcome to the forum. PS ~ I love my TF-100 w/ magnetic speedsitr.
    Pat (a.k.a. Texas Splash) ~ My Pool: Viking Fiberglass; 17,888 Gal; Waterway Supreme 2-sp/2-hp pump; Hayward Ctg filter; TF-100 w/ Speed Stir
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