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Jun 07, 2015
Help With New Pool
by: April

I have the Intex 16"x 48" above ground and I need to know what to buy chemical wise when I go to Walmart. And or if the saltwater pump system is easier if so what pump do I need I want whatever is easier?

Thanks for the question April

I'd love to help you. The reason I built my site is for people just like you. That being said, I have nearly 1500 pages dedicated to pool ownership and swimming pool care with an additional 160 videos on YouTube. It would be an enormous undertaking to go through everything you need to know about chemicals and pool care. There are many variables to consider. Your pool is different than other pools. It's not simply "tell me what to do" but an understanding of what to do, and why. What to look for and what to avoid.

I would first encourage you to go through my site and glean everything you can. I also offer eBook at a very reasonable price. These alone can save you hundreds of dollars. I also offer personal consults. Use the search bar located on each page for easier navigation of my site.

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Hope this helps and have a great Summer.


May 14, 2015
New Pool Owner
by: Allen

I recently bought a home with a 24'x52' above ground pool. I have replaced the liner . The question I have is do I need a filter or can I just run a pump to keep the water circulating? the pump is ok but the sand filter needs replaced.

I am trying to be cheap as I have had to repair siding, new liner, and have to purchase water?

Jan 11, 2015
New Pool..How To Put In The Right Amount Of Chemicals?
by: Kinder

How to put in the right amount chemicals for a 12 feet round pool and 3.3 feet deep. My chlorine is 0/0 and pH is 6.4 and my TA is 40.

This is my first pool and I don't understand the basis because I don't want to injury myself or my children.

Thanks for the question Kinder

A 12 ft round pool with 48 inch tall walls, your pool would hold about 2,975 gallons. A 12 ft round pool with 52 inch tall walls, your pool would hold about 3,398 gallons. Knowing the gallons is the first step.

I'm going to give you some links to look at because this question has been answered in other posts.

Above Ground Pool..Need To Know About Chemicals & What To Do..

What Is A Swimming Pool Conditioner & Stabilizer?

The above link has a little to do with brown algae, but you can disregard that. Just look at the links within the post and chemical readings.

About Adding Chemicals To A Relined Pool..

You may not have a newly relined pool, but the way to add chemicals to a newly refilled pool is the same. Get a Taylor FAS-DPD K-2006 pool test kit.

Water Testing Kit

You'll want to shock the pool with Dichlor. This is a fast acting granular chlorine with a stabilizer (cyanuric acid/CYA) in it. Then adjust the alkalinity. It should read between 80 - 100ppm. pH should be between 7.6 - 7.8ppm.
Chlorine should be 1.5 - 3.5ppm.

Below is the page that has those links to make the adjustments that were just listed:

Swimming Pool Chemistry

Follow the links above and they will direct you on what to do and exactly how to do it. Test your fill water so you'll have a starting point. Knowing your fill water readings is important so you don't have any surprises.

There's many posts and answered questions on the pool Q&A page so I would encourage you to look through those categories as well.

Swimming Pool Questions and Answers

Hope this helps and have a fun and safe swimming season.


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