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    Favorite Conversations So Far...

    First off let me offer a truckload of thanks to the learned advisers on this forum. Everything I know about pool chemistry and maintenance I have learned from this forum.... but it was not always so. A few short months ago I was but an egg... (insert wavy flashback effect)

    EXT. POOL - DAY

    The pool is the color of a healthy magnolia leaf, visibility zero. A swarm of friendly tadpoles cavort just below the surface as our HERO discusses options and estimates with POOL STORE GUY.

    POOL STORE GUY: Well, this thing looks like a swamp. I'm going to tell you right now that the only way to get it back is a complete drain, an acid wash, replace the pump, and probably the filter and housing too.

    HERO (gulping slightly): How much are we talking about?

    POOL STORE GUY: I'd say in the neighborhood of $2000, depending on the refill cost.

    HERO (the gulp turns to stifled sobbing) Two grand? Isn't there another way?

    POOL STORE GUY: Well, maybe. But it's going to take a whole lot of work and time. If you go buy around $200 of chlorine, and rake it every day, you might be able to make some headway. But it's going to be ALOT of work for you...

    HERO (brightening) : Oh, I'll do the work, that's no problem. How much time are we talking?

    POOL STORE GUY: Well, without knowing what's on the bottom down there - I'm going to say you'll be ready to swim by July.

    HERO: JULY??! It's the middle of April! That's almost 3 months!

    POOL STORE GUY: I told you it would be alot of work... Now if you want one of our guys to do it it might be quicker, but now we're talking about alot more money...

    HERO (to self): I wonder if there is some website that can teach me what I need to know...


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    INT. STUDY - NIGHT

    Our hero taps away on a computer keyboard...

    HERO: Hmmm.... TroubleFreePools.Com.... well let's see what they have to say...


    CUT TO:

    EXT. POOL - DAY

    It is 3 weeks later. Our hero is a changed man and so is his pool. The water is clear as crystal and sparkles like a polished diamond. He calmly steps aside, avoiding the splash made by an exuberant child leaping into the water. Behind him can be seen the same pump and filter system chugging away. We move over to the storage shed... through the hazy window we can just make out a tower of boxes of borax and collection of acid jugs. A note taped to one of the jugs reads : PHASE 2...


    CUT TO:

    INT. POOL STORE - DAY

    Our hero is engaged in conversation with the proprietor...

    PROPRIETOR: What kind of test strips?!?

    HERO: Borate.

    PROPRIETOR: Why on earth would you need to test for a borate in your pool. I don't even know what that is!

    HERO (confidently): Alot of people are using it now as a secondary buffer for Alkalinity and the algaestatic properties it imparts allows you to get by with a lower chlorine level.

    PROPRIETOR (mystified): I've been in this business for 15 years and I've never heard of it. Let me call my distributor... (picks up phone) Hey Lou, this is Mike... Have you ever heard of test strips for... hey, what was that stuff again?

    HERO: Borate.

    PROPRIETOR (into phone): Have you ever heard of test strips for borate?? You have?? ... Well what's it for?... Uh-huh... Uh-huh... Really? You don't say... Huh... do you have any of the strips?... Uh-huh... and what's my price? Uh-huh... Okay, thanks!
    (back to our Hero) My distributor say he can have them here in a week and they'll be $25... Hey, where are you going?


    FADE OUT.


    FIN.








    ---28K gal 18x36 in-ground vinyl lined pool---Hayward 1.5 HP super pump---Hayward DE4800 filter---Raypak RP2100 heater---

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    catastrophic,

    Outrageously well done!

    Welcome to the forum. You have obviously added "poolboy" skills to your significant writing skills and sense of humor. You are employable on many levels, now!!
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    Thats awesome.... in several different ways.

    This was your first post! (welcome to the forums!) Its awesome that you were able to sort your swamp out and never even post the first time. That to me shows just how much information is actually already in these forum topics. The fact that you cleared out your pool without posting the first time really shows something about your personality.

    The mods/admins should really take your post as a compliment... you found all of the info you needed here to clear your pool... congrats on being so well versed with the search button. (I cant say the same for myself!)


    Great story! I enjoyed the great read! Thanks!
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    Welcome to the forum!

    You owe us $1800

    Not only did you save big bucks this time, now that you know the drill, you will save a bunch every year. Not to mention all the stress you'll be avoiding.
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    Bravo! Bravo! I just love a happy ending...brings a tear to my eye.

    Welcome to TFP.
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    Great job! Gotta make one factual correction though. Borates don't allow you to run a lower FC level, they reduce chlorine demand (the amount of chlorine needed to maintain a certain level.)

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    Polar_Bus sent this thread straight to the PRINTER and added a copy to my "I don't know jack %$&# about pools folder" in my cabinet !!
    "To be old and wise, you must have been young and stupid"

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    Very nice! I need to send this to the people that think I am crazy for not going to the pool store (well, if the dang pool ever gets installed)!

    Well done, congrats!
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    Quote Originally Posted by waterbear
    Great job! Gotta make one factual correction though. Borates don't allow you to run a lower FC level, they reduce chlorine demand (the amount of chlorine needed to maintain a certain level.)
    A slight correction, but I'll buy it. Now I just have to run back out to the pool store and explain it to that guy... Thanks for the compliments one and all, but I owe it all to you guys!

    BTW with the money I saved I bought a Autopilot, again due to the recommendations of this forum.


    STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER ADVENTURES.......!
    ---28K gal 18x36 in-ground vinyl lined pool---Hayward 1.5 HP super pump---Hayward DE4800 filter---Raypak RP2100 heater---

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    Absolutely a great narrative CATASTROPHIC!

    Had me in stitches!

    Sean, you need to incorporate that into a newsletter somehow.
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    Hi catastrophic and welcome to the forum!

    What a first post! That was a fun read!

    I don't know which is more priceless; your post or all the replies :P :P

    We're glad you're here
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnT
    You owe us $1800
    EACH!!

    Welcome to TFP!

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    Sorry- spent it on the autopilot!
    ---28K gal 18x36 in-ground vinyl lined pool---Hayward 1.5 HP super pump---Hayward DE4800 filter---Raypak RP2100 heater---

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    Catastrophic, GREAT post - you will fit in well here

    BTW- good job on doing the pool yourself and avoiding getting scre... um... 'pool stored'!
    Luv& Luk
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    Having done construction and service for 4 pool companies in 4 states starting in 1988, what I know about pools could fill a couple of books - what I don't know could fill a couple of libraries :-D

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