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    Hi to all,

    Just moved to new house that come's with swimming pool.
    Never had private pool before so have no product knowledge of maintainance
    etc, My landlord has asked me to keep an eye on the pool man who come's
    once a week, as he has had complaints from other renter's. the guy who come's
    seems ok, he spends approx 30 min cleaning pool and stuff.

    I would just like some
    info from folks with either hands on info or ownership of pools as to what to look out for regarding maintainance. I E how long should the pump be on per 24 hr, Is walking around the pool sprinkling crystals { i presume chlorine ? } from a cup ok ? The pool at the moment seems fine, no bad taste / smell etc,

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    Quote Originally Posted by seamusogin View Post
    Hi to all,

    Just moved to new house that come's with swimming pool.
    Never had private pool before so have no product knowledge of maintainance
    etc, My landlord has asked me to keep an eye on the pool man who come's
    once a week, as he has had complaints from other renter's. the guy who come's
    seems ok, he spends approx 30 min cleaning pool and stuff.

    I would just like some
    info from folks with either hands on info or ownership of pools as to what to look out for regarding maintainance. I E how long should the pump be on per 24 hr, Is walking around the pool sprinkling crystals { i presume chlorine ? } from a cup ok ? The pool at the moment seems fine, no bad taste / smell etc,
    you need to keep an eye on the ph. if you are using granular chlorine, the ph will slowly rise and will need to be adjusted periodically by adding pool acid.
    add chlorine as per the suppliers' instructions, and once you get the hang of it you can slowly reduce the amount. if pool turns green, (often after a heavy thunderstorm) you can "shocktreat" by adding a whack of chlorine, and this will result in a blue, but cloudy pool, after which you can adjust the ph, which would have risen, and the pool will clear.
    you could add some cyanuric acid graunles (stabilizer), which will "hold" the chlorine in the pool for longer, but too much will screw you up.

    better to add the chlorine every evening, as sunlight leaches it out of the water, and adding it at night will allow it more time to do it's job, i.e: killing the algae and disinfecting the bacteria which was left behind after the thais pissed and crapped in the water.

    most pool pumps run on a timer, and a normal situation would be around six hours on, six hours off, but you can slowly reduce the on-cycle to the point where the pool stays clean, but uses less electricity to maintain, but it takes experience, so i suggest six hours on-six hours off.
    i run a pool with an automatic pool-cleaner with a two hour on-cycle and four hours off, but this seems to be about as low as i can get it. each pool will be slightly different.

    fire the thai poolcleaner guy, and get an automatic cleaner: (they can work without supervision and don't get too drunk to work).

    good luck!

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    :better to add the chlorine every evening, as sunlight leaches it out of the water, and adding it at night will allow it more time to do it's job, i.e: killing the algae and
    disinfecting the bacteria which was left behind after :

    Thanks Tsicar, Thats the sort of stuff I'm trying to find out about, I will try to look in too it in more in depth

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    Quote Originally Posted by seamusogin View Post
    :better to add the chlorine every evening, as sunlight leaches it out of the water, and adding it at night will allow it more time to do it's job, i.e: killing the algae and
    disinfecting the bacteria which was left behind after :

    Thanks Tsicar, Thats the sort of stuff I'm trying to find out about, I will try to look in too it in more in depth
    better to be safe, and follow instructions on the chemical manufacturers' packageing.
    once you get the hang of things, you can experiment a bit, and save some money. it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure it out
    don't fuck with the ph, just slowly reduce chemical levels until you reach the happy medium.


    and i was serious about firing the thai poolcleaner.

    keep thai kids out of the pool, too!.
    the buggers can't swim and when they drown their parents and the cops will extort money from you and the decomposing bodies will fuck up the chemistry and stink up the place and clog the filter and all!!!

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    at the moment pool pump timer seems to be set at 3 hrs at 8 am and 3 hrs at 3 pm, do you think this is enough ? the pool guy said i should check 1st months leccy bill and then adjust to suit !

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    I've kept the Thai kid's out purely on the basis that they do nothing but spit gob's of flem all over the place

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    Quote Originally Posted by seamusogin View Post
    at the moment pool pump timer seems to be set at 3 hrs at 8 am and 3 hrs at 3 pm, do you think this is enough ? the pool guy said i should check 1st months leccy bill and then adjust to suit !
    if the thing stays blue and clear, it is ok.
    don't think you would get away with much less than this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seamusogin View Post
    I've kept the Thai kid's out purely on the basis that they do nothing but spit gob's of flem all over the place
    yeah, that's one of the things i was talking about............

    but, seriously: you don't want one of them drowning in your pool.
    thais can really make a meal out of any death they could possibly claim was the fault of someone else, and if you are a farang, then obviously you are a multi-millionaire who is just waiting, wallet open and dripping cash, to fork out money to avoid any trouble with the cops or the locals.
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    Top advice, cheer's mate, I will keep an eye out for both leccy bill's and flem spitting Thai kid's

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    While i am far from an expert in this subject i have been taking care of a pool for a year and my experience is this:

    "Shocking" the water can also turn the pool green. The best thing, until you learn the amounts and get the "feel" for it, is to buy the test kit in a poolcompany. It costs a few hundred bath and is a little glassthing with 2 diffrent cups. You take water samples from the pool every morning and test the chlorine level aswell as the ph level and ad the chemicals after what the results show. You try to keep both levels equal to avoid "watershock" and you try to stay as near the "optimal" as possible. Dont be to hard on yourself if you manage to turn it green a few times. The hot burning sun in Thailand will do that if you get a few hours powerbreak and the machine stops, at the same time as chlorine level is low. Learn as you go!

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    I moved into a house about 15 years ago which had been vacant for a few years with no maintenance. The pool looked like a cesspit. Dumped 2 cups of chlorine in it and left it overnight - next day the water was crystal clear, apart from all the leaves and crap on the bottom (ended up draining and cleaning it anyway)
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