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    Hi I am very new here so I am not familar with all the lingo & how everything works, so please bear with me.I just bought an Intex Saltwater pool today second hand off of CL. I googled maintenance looking for some help & ran across this site. Sounds like these things are a HUGE pain in the butt & always having trouble? Is this so? I have no idea what I am doing, and we haven't even set it up yet. (We literally just unloaded it from the car).So any tips, advice, help before we get started would be GREATLY appreciated! Also, I don't know what kind of "extras" I need to purchase besides the test kits. We bought a 1500 gallon vinyl Intex, above ground pool, with a vaccum, saltwater pump, and filter. Are we missing anything? That is all we recieved, not even an owners manual. Also, once we have it all set up & working what kind of daily/yearly upkeep is needed? Thank you for taking the time help me out! -Brittany

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    Gurnee, IL (North Suburban Chi-town)

    Re: HELP!

    Welcome to the forum! It's probably a good thing you don't have a manual. We'll get you started right. Get started in Pool School, upper right corner of every page. It'll help get you started on the basics, plus you'll be able to understand us when we answer your questions.
    33' round, 23,000 gal AG vinyl , 1HP 2spd PowerFlo Matrix downsized with 3/4HP impeller (X2), Hayward S180T 150# sand filter (X2), Hayward H250 NG heater Pool Store year 1 - $850 for 2 months; Pool Store year 2 - $440 for 2 months, TFPC year 1 - $170 for 4 months; TFPC year 2 - $95 for 4.5 months
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    New Caney, Texas

    Re: HELP!

    Welcome to the forum

    You should start here before purchasing chemicals for the pool:

    That will get you started, then read POOL SCHOOL and get one of the recommended test kits.

    [Edit] to fix link
    18' x 42" Intex (4786 Gal @ 80% capacity) Intex 8110 SWCG, 2000 GPH cartridge filter.
    Full Sun, Well Water, Borates at approx. 50
    TFTestKit-100--The Pool Calculator--Pool School

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    Re: HELP!

    Thank you for taking the time to respond. I will definitely give Pool School a look and reply again with anymore questions.

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