Hello all, I'm new to having a home pool..

Wobblerlorri

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Welcome to TFP!

First of all, you need a proper test kit to maintain your pool. Ditch those test strips -- we call them "guess strips" because you're more or less guessing at your results. You can see the kits we recommend at Test Kits Compared.

Next, read ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry and Pool School - Trouble Free Pool

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have!

A polite suggestion: your pool looks green and cloudy. It's probably the image, but I'd suggest getting a test kit sooner rather than later and doing a SLAM Process on your pool. You won't believe how clear and blue your pool can be!
 
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Stubbs

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Welcome to TFP!

First of all, you need a proper test kit to maintain your pool. Ditch those test strips -- we call them "guess strips" because you're more or less guessing at your results. You can see the kits we recommend at Test Kits Compared.

Next, read ABCs of Pool Water Chemistry and Pool School - Trouble Free Pool

Please feel free to ask any questions you may have!

A polite suggestion: your pool looks green and cloudy. It's probably the image, but I'd suggest getting a test kit sooner rather than later and doing a SLAM Process on your pool. You won't believe how clear and blue your pool can be!
What's a slam process? And I'll get the test kit asap monday if I can and yes pool is green. House set empty for a year and also had roof done before purchase, I'm getting shingle tape surfacing and fished out tons of debris off bottom
 

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Wobblerlorri

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You don't need any of that stuff on the shelf. We teach you how to keep your pool crystal clear using just liquid chlorine, baking soda, borax and muriatic acid. All items you can get at the local grocery store, and the acid at a hardware store.

The SLAM process lets you remove algae by hyperchlorinating the pool and keeping it at that level until the algae is dead and your pool is crystal clear. The amt of chlorine you use is based on how much CYA you have in your pool. Read that page on SLAMming your pool that I linked to. SLAM Process FC/CYA Chart

It works. I'm about 3/4 way through a SLAM and my pool is looking great.
 

MyAZPool

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I think I had too much time on my hands just now, but you get my drift. :p You will get your pool into a clean and sparkling condition if you take these members advice and you will learn a lot about PROPER pool care here. No more expensive magic potions and elixers that don't work and cause even more grief.
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Stubbs

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frogabog

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You might be able to find a test kit locally, but it might be at a premium price. Any of the inexpensive ones you'll see aren't what you need. You need a FAS/DPD kit, and with your pool also needing the SLAM Process, you'll need to get the XL option. If you order from TFTestkits.net make sure to get the XL option at the same time since you get a discount on the extra reagents that way.

The TF-100 bundles are also a great deal, much better than if purchased separately.

They ship with a quickness, so if you order today there's a good chance you'll have it by Tuesday or Wednesday.
 

JJ_Tex

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Stubbs! Glad you found here.

A bit of background, Stubbs flips houses and is a good guy. Is this for one of your flips, or the house you are living in?

Stubbs - When they say liquid chlorine, they mean plain old bleach from the store. Laundry bleach is usually 6%, but you can get higher concentrations in the pool sections.
 

Stubbs

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You might be able to find a test kit locally, but it might be at a premium price. Any of the inexpensive ones you'll see aren't what you need. You need a FAS/DPD kit, and with your pool also needing the SLAM Process, you'll need to get the XL option. If you order from TFTestkits.net make sure to get the XL option at the same time since you get a discount on the extra reagents that way.

The TF-100 bundles are also a great deal, much better than if purchased separately.

They ship with a quickness, so if you order today there's a good chance you'll have it by Tuesday or Wednesday.
Thanks, I ordered the k2006 on amazon, cost was 74$ with tax. Will be here between the 1st and 5th of august.
 
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Stubbs

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Thanks, I ordered the k2006 on amazon, cost was 74$ with tax. Will be here between the 1st and 5th of august.
Should I drain my pool and start fresh? I went over the bottom and found atleast 100 roofing nails a pile of shingles and some metal flashing aprox. 4 ft long. Oh and a hammer. The pool has set idle for 1 and a half years and it's been shocked twice by a pool company.
 

frogabog

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Yikes! Well I for sure wouldn't let the kiddos back into it till you can see the bottom and know that no more of that stuff is in there. It could have punctured your liner too. Are you losing water at all? Some evaporation is normal this time of year.

I think this is up to you to decide. Bear in mind however that you can't drain your pool 100%, you have to leave some water in there or the liner could shift. If you're not losing water, maybe that metal didn't puncture it and you'll be ok. A partial drain and refill will however make your SLAM go much easier/faster. May also make it easier to find any more roofing chunks that you missed.
 

Wobblerlorri

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I'd say draining is probably a good idea. At least you'd be able to see what's under the surface. If course, there are considerations to be made, depending on what kind of pool you have. I do know with a vinyl liner you can't drain more than about 50 to 75% of the water without endangering your liner. Hopefully someone who knows more about it than I do will chip in!
 

Stubbs

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Yikes! Well I for sure wouldn't let the kiddos back into it till you can see the bottom and know that no more of that stuff is in there. It could have punctured your liner too. Are you losing water at all? Some evaporation is normal this time of year. Not losing any water that I'm noticing, I also found something wierd that I have no clue how to use. An eagle automatic pool vacuum


I think this is up to you to decide. Bear in mind however that you can't drain your pool 100%, you have to leave some water in there or the liner could shift. If you're not losing water, maybe that metal didn't puncture it and you'll be ok. A partial drain and refill will however make your SLAM go much easier/faster. May also make it easier to find any more roofing chunks that you missed.
 

frogabog

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Post a pic of the pool cleaner. Maybe someone has an idea. I'd be hesitant to run any vacuum on the bottom of that liner though till I knew 100% there were no more nails or chunks of metal down there. Unless you enjoy scuba diving and searching for leaks/holes in your liner. Count yourself lucky that you maybe didn't puncture the liner already.
 
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Stubbs

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Post a pic of the pool cleaner. Maybe someone has an idea. I'd be hesitant to run any vacuum on the bottom of that liner though till I knew 100% there were no more nails or chunks of metal down there. Unless you enjoy scuba diving and searching for leaks/holes in your liner. Count yourself lucky that you maybe didn't puncture the liner already.
Thx,