So, my family and I are very grateful to have bought a lovely family home on acreage. Just one hitch: it came with a green slimly cement pond, Kermit the Frog, poly wogs and all. We moved in wo weeks ago and I've used gallons of chemicals, broken 2 filters (one a rented portable) and spent almost 2k, and I'm ready to rent a bobcat. I've not unpacked my kitchen but I spent every waking hour thinking about and working on that pool.
Here is where I am now: I have a brand new DE Pentair Filter FNS Plus 60 Square Ft. with new back wash valve. The pump is a Purex-Triton Whisperflo ¾ HP, I've ordered a new o ring for the lid. The pool & spa is 31k gallons below ground gunite with failing plaster, one broken ladder rung and a non fuctioning diving board, the pool was built in 1978.
The pump doesn't hold a prime. It will build to 20 psi and then drop to 0, then build up again. There are air bubbles in the jets that go into the pool as it starts to build pressure. I have read the pool school article on leaks and will proceed. I am thinking of hiring a professional, I did the filter myself.
I am on well water that is very hard and full of iron. I use a calcite filter on the well and a metals filter on the hose to the pool. I will post the test results I can get with the simple test kit I have tomorrow. I will get a better test kit soon. (thanks for this advice)
Finally here are my questions: Am I right to stop all chemicals until the filter is working properly? How bad is it for the pump to build to prime and then drop off? Should I add a debris basket to the vacuum handle (assuming I can get the pump to prime enough to vacuum)? Kind words, advice and pool prayers are welcome.