I am looking forward to getting to know others on this forum. In the past 2 years I have learned a lot from this site and the PoolSolutions forum. It has been extremely helpful this year learning to "open" a pool from winter. My experience has been redo surface, redo paint, new water. My grandfather put this pool in when he built the house before I was even born. I spent 3 years of pain and suffering putting a new coating on this monster to avoid the 2 months prep (and getting longer as the pool and I aged) So I have never shocked a pool before and I have lived here 30+ years myself. I am the only one to use the pool with the occassional guest so it is not a heavy load pool. It has been a trial learning the chemistry of starting up a pool, esp with no winter cover and bamboo alongside. It was finally light green instead of black green, but alas, today after vacuuming, then cleaning the filter basket, the pump won't start, just a light humming sound. YICKS!!! My Dad has always been the one to take care of the pump with diagnosis, repairs and plumbing, but he has some serious health isssues. I guess it is time to learn something new, again, about the pool. We have been a do it yourself family so my pool is not a "pretty or fancy" pool, although I did glitter the surface when I painted the top coat. All the plumbing is outside because there are no openings of any sort in the walls. but when the pool is operating correctly, it is a beauty and so easy. I like the simplicity of it but I think skimmers would be nice. I am afraid a new pump is in order and then I will have to try to figure out how to hook it up, I am sure the new one won't fit the existing plumbing that would be too easy, Days like today are overwhelming.