We purchased our first pool last weekend. After blistering all last summer though our very hot North Texas summer, I told my H that no way was I going through that again!!
Neither hubby nor I have any experience whatsoever in taking care of a pool. I did a google search for pool maintenance and here we are! VERY glad to have found this site. Have read all of Pool School and decided the BBB method is the way to go. What a wonderful site this is and the wealth of information is outstanding!! Hubby is interested in the Salt Water method... I think lets wait until we figure all this out then maybe switch later.
We set the pool up on the most level part of our back yard, started filling the pool on Sunday. We were so excited to have a pool and it was kinda hot we got the floaties out as soon as there was 6 inches of water in the bottom and got in while it was filling! Probably wasn't a good idea but.... it was fun! We have well water btw, and it took quite a while to fill.
I have ordered the TK100 test kit. Hopefully it arrives soon. In the meantime, we got the 6 way strips . First thing we did when it was full was add a big bottle of Clorox regular bleach. Have been testing it every morning and night, and our CH and TA are quite high -- I guess because of the well water. We have VERY hard water. Pool is crystal clear though. Its not losing any FC overnight, but is back to zero every evening when I test it. I use the poolcalculator to see how much bleach to add every night. PH is still kinda high at around 8 so we need to add Muratic Acid?? I hope the 'real' test kit arrives soon!
So... Hubby went to the pool store today to see about getting some of the MA. He called me in a panic saying the pool store guy said we are going to destroy our pool by using bleach in it! They guy even told him it might explode. Really???
Anyway, just wanted to say 'hello' and how grateful I am to have found this website. Regardless of what the pool store man says, sticking with the BBB plan.