Hello all. I bought a house last year that came with a 'permanent' above ground pool. There is a deck built around it and everything, so it will be up all the time.
I'll be reading the tutorials in the site a lot in the very near future, but I'm wondering if there is anything I need to know right up front. I cleaned the mess out of the pool this past weekend and it is re-filling with a garden hose right now. I'm hoping to educate myself enough before I leave work that I will know what to buy at Wal-Mart on my way home to get started. If my calculations are correct, it will be filled to the top tomorrow evening around sundown.
Do I really need a $70 test set that looks like a chemisty lab from college? We always had a small above ground pool when I was a kid and Dad only used one of those little tests sets with a red and yellow bottle of stuff and I never saw him add anything but chlorine to it. My pool info will be in my sig. It is a lot larger than the one from my childhood, but not nearly as large as an in ground pool, so I'm not sure where I stand on the scale of being complicated to take care of.
Thanks in advace for any info you can give me. I need to learn as fast as I can to keep the nice clean water flowing into the pool right now from turning back into a frog habitat like it was when I bought the place.