So we are still trying to get our "too good to be true" Craigslist money pit pool (LOL!) up and running - kinda late in the summer but oh well. It's just a backyard pool that we'll probably only get to use 6 weeks this summer, maybe 7 if we're lucky. We're in the Seattle area so September usually can be nice, but the pool's not heated other than a solar blanket and a DIY heater my husband rigged up last summer for our easy set pool. so no year round swimming for us! That being said, once we get the SWG operating and chemicals leveled out, will I really have the need for a fancy testing kit? I do have the "Kem-Tek 439-6 3-Way Test Kit" that came with the pool as well as 7-way & salt test strips I just ordered. But I'm second guessing if I should cancel the order and get the $50+ test kit....but we don't have a big fancy pool I need to protect that will be used year round. I know they are suggested for best pool performance and maintenance, but for a little backyard pool that is used 3 months out of the year....will the strips and the Kem-Tek kit be sufficient? I think we're having a bit of sticker shock to what we thought would be an inexpensive investment. First the new liner, then the chemicals we never had to use before (obviously we did it wrong last year!), and the testing tools for chemicals we never had to test for....it adds up for sure!
I really have appreciated all the advice I've read in this forum. Y'all are so helpful and knowledgeable! Thanks in advance!
UPDATE: just as I was finishing this post, I got the confirmation email that my test strips have been shipped. I'll still ask the question anyway!