Even after all of the research I've done, I still feel terribly overwhelmed with the pool at the house I moved into. The previous owner seemed to keep it in good shape, although all of the equipment is very old, so one of my priorities is getting a new variable speed pump. It's a smaller vinyl pool, I would guess around 15k gallons? It has straight sides on the long part, and rounded at both ends.
In other news, it seems like the previous owner shocked the pool with some bottles of clorox 4in1 shock bottles (6 of them are in the poolhouse trashcan) before I left, as when I tested it using strips (k-2006 was being shipped from Amazon, just arrived today), the Chlorine level was at 10ppm. It's been two weeks now, I haven't done anything except clean the skimmer basket, and did a backwash last night. From what I can tell, I definitely need to vacuum the pool, as there is sand and leaves in the bottom, I'm just not totally sure how to do that. The latest strip showed the chlorine has come down a good bit, it's now at 4 ppm, but the ph has also come down. I'm hoping to get the taylor kit out there tomorrow to get a more accurate reading on everything.
My main question is, what should I always have on hand chemical wise? Chlorine is getting fed automatically with tablets, and the dial is at 3, so I think I should keep that there, but how do I deal with everything else? The previous owner left a container of Chlorine Stabilizer, pH up, and chlorine tablets for the auto chlorinator. What else should I get, if anything?
Thanks for the help, looking forward to talking to everyone, and I hope this experience gets better, as right now, it's making me anxious as heck, and I've not been anxious over many things in my life!