I know I do not have much information to share with everyone yet, but hopefully this is more of a generic question. Had a pool guy come yesterday to open the pool. He said the pool equipment looks close to 30 years old, but seems to be running okay. Put the fear in god in us first that if something went wrong how much money, time and digging up it will take. We just bought the house in January and never owned/worked/operated a pool or it's equipment before. The pool guy was in a bit of a rush (our faults) and left us with some chemicals. He said to always keep the chlorine tablets in the pool in the floating dolphin guy we have. He said to add 8oz. of algaecide 1 time a week. He added 3 bags of shock to the pool when opening, however our question is when do we have to add more shock to the pool? How often do you have to test the pool with those strips? Since so many chemicals were added yesterday when would be a fair time to start testing and monitoring the levels of our pool and taking the necessary steps to care for it? We were supposed to do a "pool school" with him, but due to lack of time - we had to re-schedule until the beginning of June! We just want to make sure we keep on it and know what to do and how often for the next month to avoid any problems that will just cost us more money.