Hello everyone, just wanted to drop a line and introduce myself. For the past 10 years I have dreamed of owning a pool for my family, however, the backyard would not fit one. We love our area and did not want to move, but opportunity knocked when my friend purchased lots at the end of the street and built us a great house.
Our property is 77x197 and the back is beautiful. Our house has a built in porch on the back, and before we lost access to the rear from our neighbours moving in, we built a pool in late September 2010.
The company was amazing and were in and out. I have friends who did custom stamp concrete all around and a huge patio. our backyard has an elevation so from front to back we have a drop of 4'. So we back filled the edge with armor stones. Late October I built a custom shed/pool room. I still need to paint it and design the kitchen and change room but looks ok for now. We are just starting to landscape in the next 2 weeks, grass, gardens etc
Anyways, a bit about the pool. We have an 18x36 mountain lake pool, vinyl liner and an entire hayward system. I dont know all the models but we have a pump, sand filter and a prologic with p4 remote? we also have a hayward heater, I will get model numbers this week.
The pool is saltwater with 8' steps in shallow end and swim out steps in the deep end replacing a ladder. We upgraded to 2 LED lights with multiple colors. I didnt want to add all the extras, but regret not getting a waterfall
Anyways, 2 weeks ago we opened the pool. I had a company open and close it for me. We added 10 bags of salt to the water, as we closed the pool last year without adding any salt. All seems well so far, and I have began doing a weekly water checks at my local pool store.
So we have yet to use the pool, as we are going on vacation next week, and dont want to waste heating it yet. We just added a solar blanket and are wondering if we should add a roller. I guess the roller will need to be placed in the middle and our pool installer is suggesting that we dont use one.
Also, I am trying to figure out my gallons. Based on the pool stores chart a mountain lake 18x36 with a 3.5 to 8' deep end is 73,800L I have tried a couple of online calculators, but our pool does not fit the general round, or rectangle mold. They tend to put me around 80,000L.
Anyways, since we have decided to not heat the pool yet, it remains at 64. I am not suppose to turn on salt generator until 68 so yesterday I added to packages of vinyl shock. That treats up to 100,000L so I hope that should be good for the next week or so.
I look forward to reading, learning and helping as I understand more. I paid the opening company to come and do a walk through, they showed me the A to Z of my pool and how to do everything from adding chemicals, vaccuming, filter back wash and so on.
I just picked up an aqua vac and want to learn how to program my pump to run 12 hours at night, 1 hour mid day and then use the aqua vac in the afternoon to clean and circulate the pool
I will post pictures soon, and again, cant wait to get to know all of you. I really enjoy forums and hope to contribute as I develop.