Brand Spankin' New


Gold Supporter
Apr 4, 2015
Boston MA
Hiya everyone,

New. Brand new! No idea about pools, pumps, algae or any of that good stuff.

I do know what we have out our back though and would like to share with you.

I've read about this Test Kit everybody keeps referring to.....should I buy this?
Shall I need the salt test kit?

Also, in the market for a pool step at a time I guess.

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Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
May 19, 2010
Tucson, AZ
Please add your pool details to your signature as described HERE as it will help us help you.

Yes you need one of the Recommended Test Kits, without it you are running blind.
I would suggest adding the Taylor salt kit as well.

That looks like a bunch of dead algae on the floor ... that points to the need to follow the ShockLevelAndMAINTAIN Process.

But, if you are as new as you say, you might want to check out Pool School yet? Start with these:
ABCs of Water Chemistry
Recommended Pool Chemicals
Water Balance for SWGs


TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jan 6, 2010
San Dimas, CA (LA County)
Welcome! :wave:

Yesyesyes on the test kit. Without one, you're working blind. And pool store testing isn't a sufficient substitute. They're there to sell pool chemicals, not test water for free just because they're swell people.

Skip reading the comparison on pool school and just head over to and order up a TF100 and some salt test strips. I'll also tell you that nobody who has a speedstir regrets buying it.


Platinum Supporter
Jun 8, 2015
Charlotte, NC.

You're about to be overwhelmed by information. It's all awesome and will make sense as you put the pieces together.

Yes, get the test kit. While waiting for it to arrive read up on pool school. Feel free to ask any questions.


Well-known member
Jun 2, 2015
Gilbert, AZ
Congratulations on finding TFP, the best (and pretty much last) pool resource you'll ever need. I joined last year when we got a house with a gorgeous pool, had a pool guy for three months or so while we moved and settled in. Since I ditched the pool guy (actually, he ditched me, but it was mutual and friendly), I have come here for how to's, advice, exotic giant bug in my pool, bottom-feeding pool vac stopping working frequently, and have fixed a laundry list of little things since then, and partially drained and refilled twice to get the CYA where I want it. Hubby is terribly impressed (and he is not easy to impress!) when something crops up and I fix it, usually spending $0-$20.

Yes, get the recommended test kit. Once you get it and post your test results here, you will get the advice you need to clear that grunge on the bottom and be well on your way to a sparkling clear pool!


TFP Guide
Jun 5, 2012
Central PA
Read all of the threads about SLAMMING that you can. (Look for the "Help me" type threads.) that will give you a good idea what to expect once you get your kit. And welcome!


Well-known member
May 30, 2015
I do know what we have out our back though and would like to share with you.
1st Pic is your Salt Water Chlorine Generator. The "sanitizer output" is the percentage of time that your pump is running in which the cell will produce chlorine. The exact setting will vary between every pool and pump schedule, but is very easy to dial in once you get a Taylor K2006 or TF100 test kit. The TF100 is affiliated with this forum, but is genuinely the better value in my opinion - I paid full price for both.
Pool School - Salt Water Chlorine Generators

2nd Pic is your salt filter (but I'm guessing you knew that) You can read about those work, and how to backwash here:
Pool School - Maintenance and Cleaning of Pool Filters

3rd pic is your pump, which you run on a timer. Good info here: Pool School - Pool Circulation System

Shall I need the salt test kit?
Highly recommended and not very expensive. Accurate testing+pool math takes any guesswork out of what you add to your pool.

Pool Math:

TF100 Kit:
K2006 (alternative to TF100):

Taylor Technologies 81329 Chlorine FAS-DPD Service Test Kit
Salt Test:



Gold Supporter
Apr 4, 2015
Boston MA
Hi Pinguy, just ordered the 3 items above as suggested. Should be here by Friday.... cleaned the pool with the robot on Saturday and looks good. Still no tests performed this year. I did notice tonight the SWG indicator was red in color suggesting no flow/power off? All electrically good. Not sure what's up here... should I wait for the test kit, or add something?? Cheers


Mod Squad
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 10, 2012
Tallahassee, FL
Sorry there has not been an answer about the SWG. That is not something I know about. I am hoping someone who is will pop on that is.

When you get your test results post them up. That IS something I can help with! LOL