Hello everyone! I'm new to joining the forum and a new pool owner. (The pool was put in in the 1960s, its just new to us.) I've been reading through all the very helpful information on this site over the last two weeks and am so grateful for all the helpful information. Like many others who've arrived here I've been constantly battling little patches of algae, and scratching my head when my Pool Master 5 way test kit told me I had plenty of chlorine in the water. My Taylor Kit arrived last weekend, and both my understanding of what was happening and my pool water are much clearer now. I am also very frustrated with my local pool store who sold me boxes of Dichlor. MY CYA levels are out of control. I can't even get an accurate gauge of the levels with how fast that little black dot disappears. I don't have a way of pumping water out below the skimmer basket level, so I guess I will just drain a foot at a time and refill as necessary.
I have my work cut out for me! The sand, pump, and service lines all need replacement. The pump works but not very effectively. There is also a huge slide and fountain that have not been maintained and therefore are cracking and dangerous. And we need a fence with a one year old who just took his first steps. I'm a little overwhelmed, but the success of my recent SLAM has me confident that with the information on this site and some elbow grease I can tackle the challenge. I'll post my questions and progress as I go along. Thanks again and nice to "meet" you!