Some of you may remember me from my build back in July 2012. After going through some personal issues I am back to tending to my pool properly. First I had to balance the water after letting a floater with 3" tabs keep it algae free for almost 2 years. The readings were all over the place. The water has hazy and my liner has had some major fading. First thing to balance was the TA since it could not be measured because the drop test started out dark red instead of green. 26lbs of baking soda later and bam, its maintaining at 120. My pH was so low it was off the charts but once I balanced the TA it came up to 7.5 which was a big win for me. My CYA is still pretty high (110 ppm) but the water is crystal clear so I am not too worried about it. However, the floater is no longer in the pool and I am adding water occasionally due to the heat so it will drop of by attrition. When it gets back down to 50 ppm I will add the floater back for the summer but with only 3-4 tabs rather than the 9 it holds. I'll maintain FC with bleach as a booster to the tabs.
Ok, so on to the upgrades! I ordered and got a Pentair Clean & Clear 200sf 2HP cartridge filter:
Amazon.com : Pentair PNCC0200OP1160 Clean and Clear Aboveground Cartridge Pool and Spa Filter System, 2 HP : Swimming Pool Cartridge Filters : Patio, Lawn Garden
I also ordered and got 2 Hayward widemouth skimmers:
Amazon.com : Hayward SP1091WM Dyna-Skim Above-Ground Pool Skimmer Kit : Swimming Pool Skimmers : Patio, Lawn Garden
I have contacted the guy who installed my 18' round many many years ago at my old house. he did great work and I should have used him for this pool. Anyway, I have a call in to him because he does pools, decks, and electrical. My plan is to finally have an electric circuit run to the pool, get a better timer, have my Doughboy skimmer replaced with the Hayward Wide-mouth and add a second skimmer on the opposite side of the pool. That end of the pool with no skimmer stagnates and grows algae easily. My hope is the more powerful pump and extra skimmer will keep it all in motion nicely. I will have him hard plumb it all and then add a small covered deck from the house to the pool for me if the budget is there but the pool corrections come first. I will try to get some before and after pics like I did with the initial build.
As always, thoughts and discussion of my plan is welcome. If you see a problem with my plan, feel free to point it out.