Like many others that stumbled on this fantastic resource, I purchased a foreclosure and got a heck of a deal but a pool that I didn't want. We have two very young daughters and all we could think was "safety issue." But, after giving it some thought, and a few quotes on removing it, we've decided to give it a season or two (with the installation of a pool safety fence, water alarm, etc).
I'm reading through Pool School but thought I'd start a thread to document our hopeful transformation from swamp to sparkling paradise on the Lynnhaven Bay.
According to the county the pool was built in 2001. A pool company came out for a free visual inspection and said the liner is 'newish' with a pattern that is only a few years old. We pulled back the cover partway but that's it. Who knows what it may look like beneath the cover. We don't think it has been used in at least two years.
I've put in my signature everything I know. I still need to measure and use the calculator, but I'm not even to the point of worrying about chemicals yet. My first goal is to learn everything about the mechanics of the pool, how it works, what condition they are in, and what I need to get them running right.
The pool company briefly turned them on just to make sure they ran, and they did, but other than that, I haven't done a thing.
Here are some pics to better describe what I'm working with:
Note the super sweet pool house!
Surprise! It's just a shed and they put the pool equipment against the house.
You can also see the electrical junction box for what I assume is a pool light. There was a diving board hiding this which we had to remove to insure a house with a pool that is a hurricane risk due to proximity to the Lynnhaven Bay. Ideas on how to cover that thing are appreciated!
And this is what I'm working with. If any of this is wrong, tell me: the inlet is on the left, going into a strainer (?) through the pump, over to the DE filter and back out through the chlorinator to the pool. What is that pipe in the middle all alone? Is that a vacuum for a robot or something?
PAC-FAB Challenger 1HP Pump. That gasket at the top of the pic looks bad? And is that wire for grounding?
Another riveting pump picture.
I don't know what this is called. The big black switch thing.
Side view of that thing. Not sure what those two open holes are facing me or the larger black port facing the house?
The Purex Triton FNS Plus DE filter.
That gauge was in the strainer basket at the pump with a few other miscellaneous parts - just put it up there for the pic, but that is where it goes, right? It is rusted, glass is fogged, seen better days. I haven't opened the DE filter yet and don't know what to expect.
Hayward Chlorine Feeder. Had a few tabs left in there, sweet. The 'Push to Release' clip is broken but it closes tightly... would that cap really back off when it is under water pressure?
One last shot of the pool...
I will definitely have pics of the water shortly. It is black... not green, black. That cover has deteriorated over time and shed the mesh plastic bits into the water. Pool guy recommended we fish around with the net and get out all of the leaves and debris. Said if we run into anything "large" then we should drain the pool and refill. But otherwise he thinks we can shock it clean.
Again, just thought I'd start this thread to document how this whole process goes. Hoping to get the mechanicals running first, then I'll address the water.
Thanks in advance for any help you guys can provide.