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    What were you doing before TFP?

    Iím relatively new to pools and this board and I was just wondering what everyone was doing to maintain their pool before the advent of TFP? I assume the majority were using a pool service?
    IG fiberglass 16X36. 14,600 gal. Heyward Pro Series S270T sand filter, Hayward Super pump 1.5 hp, Aquarite T-3 SWG, and Hayward H200FD propane heater. Two Treo LED lights by SR Smith. Two returns, one skimmer. Tftestkit TF-100 water kit.

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    Re: What were you doing before TFP?

    Google was my friend. Started from day one.
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    Re: What were you doing before TFP?

    Same as Woody. When I purchased a house with a pool I began a web search. Here I am.....

    Somewhere I missed the Pool School article on poolside libations because I don't have a Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker, Liqour Chiller, & Drink Mixer & Party Tub..... But, I do have radio Margaritaville on my XM radio!

    But, all jest aside we pick up several thousand new members here each year. I have never kept track, but I feel the vast majority were Saturday morning pool store owners. They would take a sample to the pool store every Saturday morning and buy what was suggested, go home dump it in the pool and hope it worked. many times it does for a while. When it doesn't, Google sends them here. Google almost anything pool related and they will suggest Amazon first (they have deep pockets) and TFP within the next few results. Why, thousands of folks who clean up their pool with our help.
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    Somewhere I missed the Pool School article on poolside libations because I don't have a Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker, Liqour Chiller, & Drink Mixer & Party Tub..... But, I do have radio Margaritaville on my XM radio!
    Jimmy still has hope!
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp View Post
    Jimmy still has hope!
    I have given him a Prince's ransom in concert tickets. This year is the pits because I have a trip planned for every concert within a reasonable distance.....
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    Re: What were you doing before TFP?

    Yep before I built a pool found TFP never did anything else.

    All hail the Google overload.
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    Re: What were you doing before TFP?

    pool guy (2 months) wasted about $200, then Leslies (about 7 months) wasted well over $1000, then here. To note I joined here almost right after I bought my home/pool in September (even bought a Taylor kit) but I didn't listen until June (drained my 200+ CYA water and started testing). It's been coasting ever since...
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    Re: What were you doing before TFP?

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp View Post
    Google was my friend. Started from day one.
    ^ What he said...

    (We did have the rental house we lived in the first year here that we saw what they did. Dump in two gallons of liquid chlorine every other week. Bleached out suits. Saw cloudy water, a beautiful, albeit not welcomed, sudden green one day.)
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    Re: What were you doing before TFP?

    Before TFP I didn't have a pool...been with TFP since before dig date!
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    Re: What were you doing before TFP?

    I maintained myself and after 2 years of powders and pucks I had sky high CYA! I found TFP when a kid at the local pool store recommended baking soda to raise my TA. I didn't take his word for it and googled it and I've been here ever since!
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    Re: What were you doing before TFP?

    Pool store testing and it ruined my last pool Husband wanted a new pool.........said okay IF you can find a way for me to keep it up without going to the pool store. He found TFP and I have been here every since!

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    Re: What were you doing before TFP?

    Nothing, a friend recommended TFP when we bought our house before we opened the pool.
    -Emily

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    Re: What were you doing before TFP?

    Had a 12'x30" the first two years I never put clorine in, never! I was using arm and Hammer clear balence tabs(probably baking soda) and thought they were clorine, test strips never worked right buy hey it was clear.

    First year I took it down, second I left it up and the start of the 3rd year it was a green mess. I used a ton of Cal hypo to clean it up and some pool tonic (phosfree and clarifier) then back to no maintenance till the end if the year it built up hard water spots and went green. Cleaned it and sold it for $60.

    I was looking how to level my new to me 24' x 52" and came across posts here and how pucks were bad, had to find out why.

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    Re: What were you doing before TFP?

    I was bleaching out my liner with shock and started googling to figure out why it was still green. Led me here!
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    Re: What were you doing before TFP?

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp View Post
    Google was my friend. Started from day one.
    Same, I started before our pool was built.
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    Re: What were you doing before TFP?

    Pool builder confused the heck out of me with a 15 minute walk thru on chemicals & equipment after they started it up. I used the pucks they left behind for a couple weeks before jumping online to find out how everything really works.
    25k IG / Plaster / Built Jul'16 / Spa with Spillway into Pool / Originally filled with trucked in city water, maintaining level with rain water / Polaris 280 Sweep / Jandy Pro Series EPump a& CV 580 Cartridge Filter / Aquacal Heat Pump / AquaLink Control Panel w/PDA / TF-100 Test Kit / 2 Yellow Labs swimmin' all the time

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    Re: What were you doing before TFP?

    What were you doing before TFP?
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    Re: What were you doing before TFP?

    Quote Originally Posted by Arizonarob View Post
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    Re: What were you doing before TFP?

    Lucky i became a homeowner, when TFP was alive. If it was before, I would be completely lost. But I wonder what people did even before the internet became mainstream!
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    Re: What were you doing before TFP?

    First pool owned as an adult (hahaha) Playing yo-yo with water balances.
    Honestly, 2 months in (a TINY pool), not having $$ to blow, drove me to google "affordable pool care", found TFP and will forever use it!
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