Thanks for this site, just reading through things has been a big help. Bought a house end of last summer with an inground pool, and have never had a pool before, so I'm definitely going to be winging it here and begging for help. For extra fun, the previous owner hadn't used it in 2 years, so it'll have been sitting for 3 years now. Pool guy is coming to open it up tomorrow, and after that I'm on my own. I've only seen under the cover during the inspection, and will just say I've never seen the bottom of the pool. Gets dark and murky fast, so should be fun!
Bought my test kit through here, and intentionally opening it early figuring I'll need quite a while to turn the swamp into a pool this year. Appreciate the support in advance, and sure I'll be back in here tomorrow afternoon with pictures and begging for help!
Anything I should be gathering in the interim? Getting a robot is on my list, just waiting to pull the trigger on that until I see the mechanics of the pool actually work, as they're expensive as ****. Got a brush, net, vacuum, test kit. Bought a 4-pack of 12.5% shock/bleach, am I likely to just need some more, or am I in No Freaking Way area where I should get a pickup truck full? Any other chemicals or salt or whatever that I'm going to want to pick up immediately, or am I ok with what I have to start and can grab stuff as I go? Obviously will need test results to help answer that better, but other than knowing that chlorine was at "none" when they tested last year, I'll assume that 3 years of rain and snow have the water pretty close to just a fresh algae bath at this point.
And yes, have been reading the pool school threads, am just admittedly over my head to start, so appreciate the hand-holding and explaining things like you're talking to a 5 year old. I'm a quick learner, so hopefully will get out of that mode soon!