Hi everyone! New pool owner here.
I had a friend that purchased an Intex 18’ x 42” pool and the Deluxe Maintenance kit this past summer. Purchased in May sold to me in August. He got rid of it because it fell over twice and the water was always orange looking. I asked why he just didn’t level the ground. He said it was too much trouble and the chemicals were costing too much. Said he would take $70.00 dollars for the whole thing including the chemicals he had on hand. I think as you say here he was Pool Stored.
I setup some treated boards 20’ x 20’ and filled and leveled with bank sand. Total cost was $40.00 for lumber and $75.00 for 14 yards of sand. Most of the sand was used to fill low spots in the yard as I didn’t need near 14 yards. Pool receives full sun all day long.
After filling the pool I have just been adding bleach to it as that’s all my dad did when we were growing up and my eight year old daughter wanted to swim. I searched the net looking for instructions on using all these chemicals, and found this forum. GLAD I did!!
Yesterday, even though he gave me the Wal-Mart 6 way test kit with the drops and a box of 6 Way Strips, I took a water sample to the pool store to see what it was and wanted to have my well water tested also.
My Well Sample:
Saturation Index -0.5
My Pool Sample:
Saturation Index -0.5
Last night I added 2 Qts of liquid stabilizer (yes I took the easy way) and can only aerate by turning the return nozzle upward for the Ph (will work on building something soon). I don’t have a salt test kit but will get one, so I only added 80 pounds of salt for now. I got a new SWCG online (pre copper) that I plan to add as soon as the 2600 GPH Sand Filter arrives. I currently have the 1600 GPH cartridge filter that came with the pool.
Headed to grocery store tomorrow and will be picking up some borax to raise that level and baking soda and Muradic Acid to have on hand. Will post new data in a few days. I plan on keeping it open to learn on. And we do have some warm days around here.
Daughter wants a bigger pool already, I told her let me learn on this one and then we will talk about it come spring. I’ll get the TFTestKit once the liquid Wal-Mart kit is empty. Thanks for a great forum.