Hello. I'm new to the forum and very glad I found it.
We just bought a house in Texas (we're from upstate New York) and have never owned or maintained a pool before.
I'm trying to get a handle on testing, chemicals, etc, because I'm generally a DIY type person (read: cheap & anal retentive).
In trying to estimate the volume, I've come up with 11K, 13K & 15K gal. using the various formulas.
The best description of the pool shape would be a trapezoid with curves instead of sharp angles. I have the notes & proposal from the pool builder, but can't find the volume listed anywhere. It's 17x31 ft, 417 sq ft with an 81 ft perimeter. The pool depth is listed as "3x5x3" - there's a 5' deep section in the middle and 2 3' deep sections at the ends. Can anyone shed light on which volume I should use?
Also trying to get a handle on the plumbing. There's 1 input to the pump, so I assume the skimmer & drain are plumbed into a manifold or "T". From the pump it goes to the cartridge filter. Out from the cartridge filter into a T with a drain/waste spigot on one side. The other side of this T goes to a Jandy 3 way valve, one side of this valve seems to go to the returns/jets (as I close off this side a little, pressure on the jets decreases) and the other goes to a Jandy energy filter, then to the polaris pool vac output/quick connect on the side of the pool, near the skimmer. Does this setup make sense?
Thanks for any input - I'm looking forward to learning about & caring for my new toy!