I promise I wont post every frustration forever - but MAYBE some of my lessons will help others.
First lesson learned was don't skimp on pavers with your ABG installation (see other posts).
Second Lesson learned - Leslie's is really expensive!!
Went to Walmart and thanks to posts here got my Bleach, a small box of baking soda and some stabilizer. Had to return some stuff to Home Depot and wife wanted to explore some "screening" options (lattice etc.) and saw they had Muriatic Acid for a good price so grabbed that while there.
Unfortunately Walmart didn't have any skimmers and really wanted to get one before we did the refill of the pool on Monday. SO, Leslies it was - while there my wife saw the "AquaCritter" (the yellow one) and had to have it right then - $189.00!!! First thing I did when we got home was googled and see that Pool Supplies Superstore for $129.99 with FREE OVERNIGHT SHIPPING and NO TAX! Even Doheny and Walmart.com had it for 129.00 but not free overnight shipping.
SO, I plan to return the item to Leslie's tomorrow but even UNOPENED I have a feeling they are going to charge me a restock fee of 15% (anybody have experience with them for unopened returns?). Still we ll save $30.00 or more by doing it so worth it.
But I will reserve my Leslie's trips for immediate need items only!
I don't want to have a Lesson #3 but I am sure I will.....