Hi, I'm Travis. My wife and I bought a house that had a dilapidated inground concrete pool. We always wanted a pool for the kids, so it seemed like a bonus. Then we got the estimates for repair. Ouch! To make this long story short, the pool holds water fine- just needed some water line tile and other various (minor) repairs...should have the plaster redone sometime soon, too.
...but we couldn't stand watching it sit idle all summer (we didn't have the funds to have a pro fix it). So....
I drained it, pressure washed it, re-did all the plumbing lines, rebuilt the skimmer, bought and installed a new pump (Hayward super 1.5 hp), new filter (Hayward 6080 DE), and filled it back up with the garden hose. It looks MUCH better than expected. Everything seems to be working beautifully from a mechanical point of view. I have never owned or worked on a pool before, but consider myself an avid DIY'er with 20+ years in construction. I learned everything I needed to know reading books, watching videos, and talking to the few pros that cared to share their wisdom.
Now I need to apply that same spirit/effort to get the chemistry right. This led me to the BBB method and this site. First thing I did was rush out and buy a Taylor K2006 test kit. I'm about to perform my first test in a few minutes. The pool has been filled with tap water for about 2 days. I used the calculator and determined I have about a 20k gallon pool. I dumped in 4 bottles of chlorine bleach while it was filling....don't know why I did that....just seemed to be the right thing to do.
I'll post my results when I get them, and hopefully I'll be able to make sense of everything....eventually!
Great site. Great forum. Thanks for having me!