We purchased our house last November and closed the pool the same week. We've never even been in it. I only visit the area when I go out to yank around on my brand new, poorly performing (recently replaced again under warranty) cover pump, when it's sitting in 6-8 inches of water.
I just placed my order for the TF 100 test kit and the magnetic stirrer. I'm hoping to open the pool up next month (probably a few weeks or more earlier than good swimming season here in southern KY), so I can start messing with keeping everything balanced and get used to doing the testing before we start using the pool frequently.
Going to have the installer/maintainer come show me how to open it so I'll know more about what is going on. Also plan to get exacts on gallons and other info that might be useful when getting questions answered on here.
Let the fun begin!!!