Hi, everybody! I thought I'd write and introduce myself and my husband. We've been lurkers for the past couple of weeks since we bought our first house (with our first pool!)
Background (Also will add the pertinent details to my signature in a bit): We bought a badly-damaged swamp (total sludge, terribly torn liner, water that was left full of frogs and tadpoles) and closed on the house less than a month ago. A little over a week later, we had step one complete: the pool was drained, the liner was replaced, and refilled. The new liner is beautiful, and so are the new steps we put in (there were none before)! We got one or two good swims in early on while we were still following the pool co's instructions and reading up on TFP, but then, sadly, we had to leave town for a family funeral halfway across the country. We stuck some of the previous owner's leftover chlorine tabs in the auto feeder knowing it was probably a lost cause, and when we came back the next week, we came home to a slightly greenish, fairly cloudy pool.
We had planned on going with the TFP method all along (we were early converts even before the pool was officially ours), but the pool company that did the liner replacement loaded us down with some chemicals at the beginning to get the water ready before we could say anything at all! It also took a little while for our test kit to arrive. We finally broke into it last night. We have the Taylor K-2006 lined up and ready to go, and a lot of 8.25% bleach stored up.
OK, so the pool's a rectangular 18 x 36 vinyl in ground one, pretty standard, about 29.5K gallons. Hayward pump / filter and in-line auto. chlorinator. Pool is pretty old (not quite sure how old...), and we've been told the filtration system is a little undersized by today's standards (one skimmer, one return, sand filter possibly a little on the small side?). I've got to get all the specs on the pump and everything when I get home - can't recall them right now!
...So, first thing's first, right? We'll do the test when we get home this evening, and post our results. We know we're gonna be slamming - we've looked at enough before and afters on here to know! - and I'm a little nervous, even though I'm totally a believer. I'll also get some way before (at purchase) and before pics up, because maybe that will help convince other people out there how well this works (the pics are pretty amazing!).
Any tips for a first timer as we get ready for this adventure?
Also, just from a newbie's perspective - you guys are the friendliest, cheeriest, most encouraging bunch of people on the entire internet. We were so much less scared of having a pool after finding you all and seeing the awesome way you help people out.
- Leah & John
& Oakley (the dog, who can't wait to get in)