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Pool 2018.03.17.SAT

Back again with another pool update!  I woke up at the crack of 8am and immediately head outside, then immediately back inside to grab a sweatshirt, then back outside to work on the pool!  I cleaned the filter, brushed the sides, brushed the bottom, cleaned the skimmer basket, and added another pound of shock.  It all took about 30 minutes total, and I was video taping the entire process, which means I can probably knockout a full clean in about 15 minutes.  I also did laundry and cooked breakfast during this time, so the morning routine took about 2hrs total.  I can definitely get this down to an hour with practice and some fine tuning.  Here’s what the pool looked this morning.

I’m now out of acid and shock so I’ll need to place an order for both soon.  I also haven’t used any liquid chlorine since I started this process 3 days ago so that’s next on the list.  Only problem is liquid chlorine is a local endeavour, which includes DRIVING (boo).

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Airbnb Info


Smoking is not allowed on the property, that includes the front and pack patios and sidewalks. If you -really- need to smoke, take a walk down the street and see the beauty Tampa, Florida has to offer! 🙂

The main road is N Dale Mabry (Pronounced Dale ‘May Bree’).

The long road leading out of the neighborhood is N Lake View.

The following locations are all SOUTH (turn left) on Dale Mabry.

Nearby Food..
Applebee’s (host’s picture is on the wall)
Bob Evans
Boston Market
Genghis Grill Stir Fry
Pollo Tropical
Steak ‘n Shake

Nearby Convenience..
Shell Gas Station

Shell Gas Station on 3435 N Lakeview Dr which is a .9 mile walk and Bob Evans & Boston Market are right next door.

Walgreens is 1.6mi away and is across the street from Chick-fil-A.

Starbucks is 2mi away from our home at 15240 N Dale Mabry Hwy.

Walmart is across the street from Starbucks (2mi away) at 14941 N Dale Mabry.

Walking Directions to Shell..
Head out the front door of our home, take a right to go towards Copperfield Dr where you’ll take a right. Walk [add dimensions] Left on N Lakeview Dr and walk for .7 miles until you see the Shell Gas Station on the right side of the road!

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Pool – 2018.03.15.THU

Day Zero
“Before” Pic.. 6 Months of No Love.

Had a good time working on my pool today! Was talking to my pool guy pretty much the whole time about pools and life in general.  It’s been a crazy year, especially for him, but that’s a story for his blog.  Today I took it upon myself to finally get back to working on the pool for the first time since 2018 started.  Granted, I haven’t been in town until last week Sunday, the pool has easily been neglected for around 6 months.  In it’s current state it is very green and will definitely be an uphill battle.  Here’s what I did today in reverse chronological order.

Washed filter.

Added 1lb pool shock

Brushed bottom towards main drain.

Added half basket of stabilizer to skimmer.

Added 6 ounces of phosphate remover to deep end.

Brushed sides.

Added 1lb pool shock.

Found and replaced filter top’s retention band screw.

Walked through the pool bounce back process over the phone with Demetri.

Vented to Kylie about the pool and going back and forth between pinch-a-penny.

Called Pinch-a-Penny to see if they would come checkout the pool, nope, $125 visit.

Looked at pool lights, regular and rgb remote after ordering zwave system.

All-in-all it was a great day of conversation and productivity as the pool color has changed from dark green to light green with a tinge of aqua.  Tomorrow I plan on repeating the process of brushing the sides, the bottom towards the main drain, and will ask my pool guy to advise me on further chemical treatment.  After my meditation I will also look into test strips for the pool so I can have a better understanding of the pH, alkalinity, chlorine, calcium, and other aspects that work towards a clear and healthy pool!

Pool Progress Pic 2018.03.15