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    99ways...

    ...to TFP!

    Hi everyone,
    Just wanted to make an official 1st post and introduce myself real quick.
    Like many, I found TFP through the other site...and you know the rest.

    Wife and I just purchsed our 1st home in central NJ, which came with a nice (yet a bit neglected) pool.
    The water hole is 30Kgal, 19x40 inground...and luckily, when I removed the cover in spring the water was nice and clear.

    We've been running on BBB before I knew where my closest pool store was...bought TF-100 before I knew the difference b/w total and combined Cl...added over 200lbs. of salt before I had a whale........and I've had the Liquidator up running before I even knew what all the options on a multiport valve meant.
    Just did Zeolite sand in the filter, and top it off with DE.
    (no, I don't use that puck chlorinator in the pix below, it sits idle b/c I just don't feel like redoing all that plumbing to get rid of a couple of holes)
    .................not bad for a 3 month old 1st-time pool owner, huh?


    So, in my first post, I'd like to thank all of you for making my first experience with a pool as trouble-free as it possibly can be.


    My numbers (using TF-100 kit):
    FC: 3-5 (adjusted, depending on load/conditions/etc)
    CC: 0
    PH: 7.5
    TA: 90
    CH: 170
    CY: 40
    Salt: 2200

    ...and for your viewing pleasure, here's a couple of pix of our mud hole + equipment:
    (disclaimer: nevermind how noobish the equipment/plumbing/wiring looks; this is how we bought it...and I think I'm lucky that everything works to begin with! (for the most part))





    Any/all Qs, comments, advice and criticism always welcome.
    Thanks.
    -Mike

    PS:
    ...and before anyone asks: my nickname here (and everywhere else online) comes from an old vaforite song of mine: 99 ways 2 die...by Megadeth.
    (think back to 9.9 modems...although I'm not that old! (under 35))

    -99
    30K gal, in-ground/vinyl, S-270T filter, 1HP pump, H-300 gas heater, Liquidator,Blue Diamond robot, Poolskim

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    Re: 99ways...

    Glad your here 8) .....your new to you pool is very, as my son would say "Sweet!"
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner
    http://www.PerfectlyClearPoolService.com

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    Re: 99ways...

    Sweet!
    Thanks for the warm welcome.

    -99

    30K gal, in-ground/vinyl, S-270T filter, 1HP pump, H-300 gas heater, Liquidator,Blue Diamond robot, Poolskim

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    Re: 99ways...

    Hi 99!

    I like the shape of your pool!
    26,000 gal liner IG pool
    Doughboy with concrete construction
    Full sun most of the day
    1.5 hp pump system
    200lb sand filter

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    Re: 99ways...

    99 - welcome to TFP!!

    You've obviously done your reading and have a firm grasp on what's going on and may be required for your pool

    Everything looks like it should be fine , though that filter plumbing may haunt my dreams for a while - NOT that there is anything I can see wrong with it - I just like to plumb things a little more aesthetically pleasing 8)

    I hope the remainder of your pool season goes well!! GLAD! you've joined us!!
    Luv& Luk
    -Ted

    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

    POOL SCHOOL, TF Testkits, Jason's Pool Calculator, CYA vs. cl chart, (Just a few DARNED handy links!)

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    Re: 99ways...

    Quote Originally Posted by waste
    ...though that filter plumbing may haunt my dreams for a while - NOT that there is anything I can see wrong with it - I just like to plumb things a little more aesthetically pleasing
    Hah.
    I'm not happy with it either, but it actually is much better than it was before.
    For some odd reason the pipes to/from the heater had 3 to 4 90degree turns...boggled the mind.
    My valve was cracked and needed replacement...fast, as I was getting water leaks and a big party a day ahead.
    So...the evening before the event, to the tune of a flashlight and a couple of Coronas, I quickly cut some pipes (as there were no unions and no other way to remove all this stuff) and refabbed the links n the fly.
    One day I'll either redo it all...or paint all this nonsense.

    ...for now I have to take care of a leaking heater so the plumbing system can wait a bit.

    PS:
    I probably do too much reading, as I was ready to do borates about a month ago....just ran out of time and never got to it.

    -99
    30K gal, in-ground/vinyl, S-270T filter, 1HP pump, H-300 gas heater, Liquidator,Blue Diamond robot, Poolskim

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    Re: 99ways...

    You've got 'moxy'! I like the cut of your jib!!

    I grew up in Tenafly (Bergen county)

    Always nice to see another 'Garden Stater' here

    Seriously, looks like a good pool and a good set up!
    Luv& Luk
    -Ted

    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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    Re: 99ways...

    Hi 99 and welcome to the forum!

    Your pool looks great!

    I agree with Waste (Ted) that you have certainally done your homework
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    Re: 99ways...

    Thank you for the kind words.
    When we moved in all that you see above and below was semi-neglected for about a decade.
    My neighbor said no one (the previous owner) dared to clean the concrete, fencing, gazibo, deck, driveway, siding, stonework, etc.
    They didn't let the place go...but at the same time, didn't make much effort either.
    Like I mentionned before, I think I'm actually lucky that all this stuff works, and there are only small problems here and there. This is why I had to replace the valve, change filtering media, replace misc. PCV bits...

    We spent a good 3 weeks bringing the outside of our property back to shape...and have been sitting on full paint cans inside. LoL!
    Nothing was touched inside thus far.......but we said eff it, summer's here - let's enjoy it a bit. We'll have plantly of time to do interior upgrades/etc.

    Here's a pix of the back yard, looking from the 2nd story dining room pattio door (wife wants a raised deck one day, extending almost to the firepit area.....I said "dream on honey...maybe one of those days, but for now we gotta make sure we can afford this place to begin with"). 2 quiet (for now at least) neighbors to the sides of us, no one in front, and a farm/field behind the pool/fence.
    ............we spent a year and a half looking for the "right" house.
    Never dreamed that I would have one with a pool though....and to be 100% honest, didn't really want one.

    -99

    30K gal, in-ground/vinyl, S-270T filter, 1HP pump, H-300 gas heater, Liquidator,Blue Diamond robot, Poolskim

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    My second post here. We didn't want a pool either! And we have a natural swimming hole in the backyard. My young former city boys swore they wouldn't touch that pond water until the pretty neighbor girl invited them swimming. :P

    But now that I have it, I am looking forward to doing some laps some morning.
    ~17,500 gal outdoor 18'x34' oval Doughboy pool; Haywood 1 HP Super pump; Haywood Pro-Series Sand filter

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    Re: 99ways...

    Quote Originally Posted by indyattic
    ... My young former city boys swore they wouldn't touch that pond water until the pretty neighbor girl invited them swimming. :P
    ...
    Funny how my neighbor and his wife always seem to remember when a few of our female friends/etc are here.


    PS:
    As long as they attracted ....to the neighbor and the whole pool idea - make 'em do work!
    -99
    30K gal, in-ground/vinyl, S-270T filter, 1HP pump, H-300 gas heater, Liquidator,Blue Diamond robot, Poolskim

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    Re: 99ways...

    Welcome Mike-

    Being new to the game myself, I hope to learn something fron your experiences. I'm currently in the middle of a pool build myself.

    -Tom
    Freeform 24' x 31' IG gunite, chlorine pool, 3'-4.5'-6.5' deep, 15K gallons, 8' Dia. Spa, Pentair CNC Plus 420 cartridge filter, IntelliFlo 4160 pump, WhisperFlow WF-30-2.5 HP Spa pump, Pentair .75 HP booster pump, Pentair MasterTemp 400 Heater, MDX Debris Removal system, Intellibrite Color LED lights, Tropical Breeze PebbleTec, Pentair Legend Platinum pressure side pool cleaner

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    Re: 99ways...

    Quote Originally Posted by vtowntom
    Welcome Mike-
    ...I'm currently in the middle of a pool build myself.

    -Tom
    Thanks.
    You're lucky to be in the position where you are a member of this site and have the ability to lead the pool built...with your new found knowledge.

    I got a feeling this pool will be done right.

    -99
    30K gal, in-ground/vinyl, S-270T filter, 1HP pump, H-300 gas heater, Liquidator,Blue Diamond robot, Poolskim

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