Hello all! So I'll start with the usual opening line, long time lurker first time poster haha
My wife and I purchased our first house together in July. With this house came our first taste of pool maintenance. The pool was is pretty bad shape when we got here (previous owners did not take care of it). We had to get a new filter, drain, acid wash, valves replaced & timer replaced.
We also got an AutoPilot Digital Nano SWG put in. Unfortuantely we have had some bad luck with pool service companies in our area, the first one that installed the AutoPilot SWG never really showed my wife how to use it, maintain it, etc. With all of the other many projects we were dealing with the house (painting, flooring, etc) the pool was a bit neglected.
A fair amount of leaves get into the pool from our neighbors trees. We seem to have that under control now with the Baracuda G3 with Hayward Leaf Canister and we got a skimmer door which seems to do a pretty good job of cleaning the top. I did go ahead and purchase the PoolSkim that comes highly recommended here and on Amazon but being a rookie at all of this I didn't fully research it and my return outlets are not threaded at all. Now if I'm reading correctly on the PoolSkim website I'll have to purchase another adapter of some sort for another $60?
Now recently we neglected to clean the filter and something went weird with the valves and the pool turned green. We have since shocked the pool and use Leslie's Green to Clean which seems to have cleared it up.
I was reading about the TF100 Test kit and would that be a good idea to purchase or would something like either of the following suffice:
1. Poolmaster 22260 http://amzn.com/B00107039U
2. Kem-Tek 5 Way http://amzn.com/B000FJR0N6
3. Jed Pool Tools Dual Test http://amzn.com/B0038YL4M8
I'm at work now so I don't have full info on my pump and size of my cartridge filter. I will get that info later on
Thanks in advance for any advice!