Swamp Fever...First Time Pool Opening....SLAM Time


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Jun 29, 2016
Tampa, FL
It would be cool to have a special “I survived my SLAM” archive section in TFP, for people to use for inspiration!


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Jun 24, 2016
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Well it's that time again, another year another swamp. LOL

Opened the pool a week ago and it's still got a long way to go. Water was black and now it's just a dark green, you can make out the white part of the brush at the bottom of the pool if you flip the brush over. Seems to be a lot of little particles in the water. Somehow I lost some sand from my filter but haven't taken the multi port off to see how much. I'm tempted to just clean out the filter and add all new sand as opposed to just adding some. Doesn't seem to be filtering as well as it did the last three years.
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Jul 10, 2012
Tallahassee, FL
You are earlier than last year!! Glad you are already seeing a difference!

Replacing the sand is up to you. It has been said filter sand can last forever but if it makes you feel better go ahead and change it out.



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Jun 13, 2017
Rochester, MN
I can say sand does seem to last forever with proper backwashing and rinsing. For my mom's IG pool, last summer was year 50 for the sand filter. Motor, spider valve, and heater replaced many times.


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Jun 24, 2016
Poplar Bluff, Missouri
I'm going to skip replacing sand but I do need to check to make sure if it needs more added.

Here's a couple of pictures from when I took the mesh cover off on April 2nd, I didn't get everything up and running until the 5th. I'll take one this evening as its changed a bunch in a short time. I can see the pattern in the bottom of the pool and I can also see the rake and vacuum head. Doesn't look like there is much in the way of larger particles in the water now, it's just green. Also seems that there isn't much settling on the bottom, I don't see anything kick up when I brush.

I've been running my FC at 13-14ppm and it's never dropped below the recommended 12ppm for my CYA of 30.

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Jun 10, 2018
Columbus, OH
Read through this thread....looks like there is a light at the end of the tunnel for all of us, we just have to keep at it!

Nice work the previous years. I can't wait to see the clear blue & pattern at the bottom

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