I hate pools


Jul 1, 2015
Cartersville, GA

New here and am hoping to learn enough to make me hate pools just a little less. Based on all the recommendations my first step was to order a TF100 XL with a Speedstir, this was completed today. With this kit I should be able to know a little more about our water as compared to the $9 test kit from the LPSS.

For some background, when I was 12, 1984, we had a family meeting. The choice was motorcycles / 3wheelers or a pool. Us three kids voted motorcycles, mom voted pool, we got a pool. As the oldest I got the opportunity to take care of a 20x40 gunite pool for the next 6 years, it was miserable. Not automatic cleaner, daily skims, twice week'y brushes, I hated it.

Fast forward to 2003. A family of my own and the wife and 4 kids talk me into a pool. Figured if we got an above ground pool (something I could dispose of) and an automatic cleaner (Tiger Shark) how bad could it be? Well the hatred was still there. One thing I hate is the cost of all the chemicals, every year, every month. Every time you go to the LPSS it is $40 to $400. So now I am looking for a better way, which brought me here.

There seems to be lots of reading to do and I know I need to put my equipment in my sig.

Look forward to my test kit and getting started on just a better way to care for the pool.


Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
May 19, 2010
Tucson, AZ
:wave: Welcome to TFP!!!

You have certainly made a huge step in the right direction by finding us and ordering a test kit already :goodjob:


Well-known member
May 17, 2014
Benton, KY
It's a shame you got voted down on the motorcycle when you were younger. Hopefully you've delved into that also by now. :) Welcome to TFP. Looks like you are already on the correct path. Once you get everything lined out the costs are minimal. There is no free lunch, so it will still cost something to have the pool, but not nearly the amount you are used to.

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Mod Squad
LifeTime Supporter
Jan 17, 2012
Evans, Georgia
Once you learn that Leslies Pool Store is in the business of selling you stuff, you'll recognize that you probably didn't need half of it. Return anything unopened if you can.
Then start reading Pool School up at the top right while waiting on your test kit to come. Hopefully the holiday weekend won't delay it too much?
Take some tests on your tap water, for a baseline. If your water is like mine, its very soft. For a vinyl pool such as yours you don't have to worry much about calcium.

Tell us how your water looks, and what the test results are, and we'll help you out with any questions you might have. A pic of your pool is always appreciated :)


LifeTime Supporter
Jun 21, 2014
Northeast Alabama
Welcome! Reading your story brought back some memories of being outvoted on things as a child so let's hope your time here can help change some things for the better. Now that you're the dad, maybe you can put the kids to helping with pool chores, if old enough, and you can learn to love your pool. :grin:


Jul 1, 2015
Cartersville, GA
Thanks for the warm welcome. Looking forward to learning to take care of the pool instead of letting the pool store direct. I am certain I will get better, cheaper, easier results.

Hopefully the test kit will be here tomorrow and I can get started.


TFP Expert
May 8, 2013
Mexico, MO
As richard320 alluded to, once you get your pool water in shape, you'll find a few of bottles of bleach will take care of your chlorination needs. cost is very low compared to pool store junk.


TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jun 5, 2012
DFW, Texas
Welcome to TFP!

Every time you go to the LPSS it is $40 to $400
Congrats to you for getting out in front of things and ordering a good test kit from the start. This will put you way ahead of others who can't/don't/won't spend around $70 on a good test kit but will merrily spend hundreds of $ for needless chemicals every time they visit a pool store.

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TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jan 6, 2010
San Dimas, CA (LA County)
welcome I was lost but found this site and now finding my way without LPSS.
There's a fairly steep learning curve, but once you get the pool dialed in and get used to testing and your pool's personality, it's super easy. Daily pool care will become about as difficult and time consuming as brushing your teeth.