I know this sounds ridiculous, but I'm one of those people who insists on getting the best bang for the buck. It seems like tftestkits.net has a flat rate shipping of $10.50, so I'm interested in getting my TF100 test kit, plus the reagents I will need refills on first - while also keeping in mind the expiration of those reagents.
Some background on the pool - we're closing on a house at the end of august that has a beautiful gunite pool built in 2000. Based on my limited knowledge of pools and a walkthru with the owners (which unfortunately took place before i discovered TFP and Pool School), it has a DE filter, a polaris vacuum, heat pump, and a tablet chlorinator (did i miss anything?).
Previous owners had weekly maintenance checks by a local pool guy (at $75/week, eeks!) and he closed and opened the pool for them for $350/each (another eeks!). Obviously, since I'm already being irrationally frugal about spending $10.50 on shipping, you can probably imagine that I am planning to perform maintenance and closing/opening the pool on my own.. although I'm leaning towards having the pool guy close it once just to see what he does. They also showed me their test kit, but it looked nothing like the ones suggested on TFP and she was low on most reagents. Also, chemicals in their pool shed include: Dicalite, Omega Chlorine Free Shock, Phoenix Giant Tabs, Phoenix Reserve (Raise Calcium Hardness), muriatic acid, BlueShield pH decrease, Mega algaecide 60, and Bioguard Off the wall cleaner. During our walkthru, she only mentioned dicalite, omega shock and the chlorine tabs so I'm not sure how frequently the others are used (or at all).
Also, not sure if it makes a difference, but we are in north/central Massachusetts.
So, I think that's it .. how ridiculous am i? which reagents can I stock up on now?
Btw, I'm feeling awfully uneasy about maintaining this pool.. still have a lot of reading up and re-reading to do on Pool School.
Thanks, I love this place! sorry for the long post - thanks for reading!
BTW, I don't know the # of gallons yet