We live in Houston but have a small weekend cottage on the coast about 73 miles south of Houston in a small town called Sargent, Texas. We have already purchased a Swim'n Play Deluxe 8000 from a local company which is scheduled to be installed the first of March. We are getting a 30' x 15' with a chlorine filter. This is about a 13,500 gallon pool with a vinyl liner.
As a kid, we had an in ground plaster pool and we did the typical shock treatment with chlorine tabs in a float. It is my understanding that if safety is a factor, thats not the best way to do it anymore...so thats why I am here.
The pool builder told me to pick up 6lbs of stabilizer for when the pool gets filled, a bucket of tabs and a float. I don't think I am going to go this route, but instead the bleach route.
Can anybody tell me some initial supplies to get and some preliminary things to do as I get started? My other concern is that during the summer, we are only there on weekends so mid week testing/adding of chemicals will definitely be a challenge. On rare occasion we may miss a weekend which means that two weeks will have passed before getting back.
Any advice as to how to get started as well as how to handle only being there on weekend will be greatly appreciated. In the mean time I will get back to reading some sticky's as well as some other posts and see how far that takes me.