Hello to the knowledge base...
I've just now opened our pool in time for July 4th. The house was a foreclosure with the nasty stories. The liner was slashed and all the equipment (pump, heater, ladder, etc) removed. I've got the pump & filter in running, but my installer had trouble with the liner and is planning to replace it because it has too many wrinkles; so it will be drained in the fall and then closed for the (Michigan) winter. For this short year, I don't plan to invest in the SWCG and salt, but I'm planning for next year now.
I'm having trouble finding a ladder to fit the existing anchors. They are 17.5" on center! Some ladders say the can go down to 19" centers. Has anybody got a source for 17.5" width ladders? Of course it needs to be corrosion resistant. I don't like the idea of surface mounts or (ugh) replacing the anchors.
On a more pertinent topic, I'm also open to any non-typical advice on closing a pool while planning on salt water in the spring. Like, should I wait to add the salt in the spring or as soon as the new water is in? I'd hate to find a nightmare when I open it up in the spring.