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    Feeling Overwhelmed! First time opening pool up.

    We live in Eastern PA and we have a semi inground pool. We got it professional closed up last year and have had a mesh cover over it for the Winter. Starting to plan on opening it up at the end of May. We have no clue what we are doing. I'm feeling overwhelmed. Hubby wants to do it all himself but I say have the professionals come in and help us. We have a salt water system.

    Ugh. I'm stressed.
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    Re: Feeling Overwhelmed! First time opening pool up.

    Welcome to TFP!!

    Did you read the article in pool school " opening aboveground pool " ? Good place to start.
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    Re: Feeling Overwhelmed! First time opening pool up.

    This is a good read as well: http://www.troublefreepool.com/pool-openings-t4342.html

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    Re: Feeling Overwhelmed! First time opening pool up.

    Thank you
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    Re: Feeling Overwhelmed! First time opening pool up.

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    Re: Feeling Overwhelmed! First time opening pool up.

    I am in the same boat as you. Opening our pool for the first time (bought the house in Dec) and never had a pool before. It is all a bit overwhelming, especially when you read so many things on this site and are told other things by people at pool supply stores. I chose to do it myself, not just because I'm cheap, but because I want to be able to learn about it all and do it myself. I'm sure I'll make tons of mistakes, but I'm hopeful they won't make me want to put a sledgehammer through the pool and maybe through it all, even be able to help people here in these forums!

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    Re: Feeling Overwhelmed! First time opening pool up.

    Keep reading and learning here and you'll know more than the people at the pool store. I learn something new all the time here.

    This place is full of good people!!
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    Re: Feeling Overwhelmed! First time opening pool up.

    Quote Originally Posted by acehorne
    I am in the same boat as you. Opening our pool for the first time (bought the house in Dec) and never had a pool before. It is all a bit overwhelming, especially when you read so many things on this site and are told other things by people at pool supply stores. I chose to do it myself, not just because I'm cheap, but because I want to be able to learn about it all and do it myself. I'm sure I'll make tons of mistakes, but I'm hopeful they won't make me want to put a sledgehammer through the pool and maybe through it all, even be able to help people here in these forums!
    So glad to know I'm not alone good luck!
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    Re: Feeling Overwhelmed! First time opening pool up.

    Can you take and post some pictures of your setup? Including the inside of your skimmers and your returns. Once you have the plumbing returned to normal there is not much to it. Do you know the details of the winterization they did?
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    Re: Feeling Overwhelmed! First time opening pool up.

    nigelisabelle, I note you said you have a mesh cover. If you wait until late May to open, the pool will probably be pretty green and require a lot of chlorine to take care of it. I have a mesh cover in NJ and always try to open by early May. Even then there will probably be some algae growing in the pool. It is not a major problem. Just, don't be surprised or feel beaten if you take the cover off and see a green pond. Read everything, here. Keep the pool at shock level and over a few days to a week, it willl turn clear. (There will also be vacuuming and probably backwashing involved, but oncce you figure it out, it is common sense).
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    Re: Feeling Overwhelmed! First time opening pool up.

    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisL
    nigelisabelle, I note you said you have a mesh cover. If you wait until late May to open, the pool will probably be pretty green and require a lot of chlorine to take care of it. I have a mesh cover in NJ and always try to open by early May. Even then there will probably be some algae growing in the pool. It is not a major problem. Just, don't be surprised or feel beaten if you take the cover off and see a green pond. Read everything, here. Keep the pool at shock level and over a few days to a week, it willl turn clear. (There will also be vacuuming and probably backwashing involved, but oncce you figure it out, it is common sense).
    Thanks so much. I think we might open it early May. I've been told that next year we should do a mesh cover and then put a huge tarp over the mesh cover and secure it down with sand bags. Ever heard of that? A few people told us that having leaves sit on the mesh cover isn't good.

    I just want the pool open, clean and know what the **** I'm doing. LOL. I'll get there though...thanks so much. Joanne
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    Re: Feeling Overwhelmed! First time opening pool up.

    Quote Originally Posted by harleysilo
    Can you take and post some pictures of your setup? Including the inside of your skimmers and your returns. Once you have the plumbing returned to normal there is not much to it. Do you know the details of the winterization they did?
    Sure I can. Will do once it stops raining
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    Re: Feeling Overwhelmed! First time opening pool up.

    Quote Originally Posted by acehorne
    It is all a bit overwhelming, especially when you read so many things on this site and are told other things by people at pool supply stores. I chose to do it myself, not just because I'm cheap, but because I want to be able to learn about it all and do it myself.
    Welcome to TFP, to you and isabelle. Congratulations on choosing to take charge of your own pool! Even better, you came here before the season started with plenty of time to prepare, as opposed to after you threw a bunch of money at a problem.

    Here are your first two assignments:

    1. Stop listening to anything the people at the pool store say regarding chemicals. The vast majority of them do not have the collective knowledge of this board, and you will find them giving you advice that directly contradicts the way we do things here. If you have to go to a pool store for supplies, just smile and nod and ignore them.

    2. Start reading through Pool School. There is a lot of information there, and you at some point will start to feel overwhelmed, but don't worry - you have plenty of time, so take it slow, and we will help you every step of the way.

    You'll start to recognize a lot of the same names posting over and over, (the mods here are the best), and we all do it because we love helping.
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    Re: Feeling Overwhelmed! First time opening pool up.

    Thanks
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    Re: Feeling Overwhelmed! First time opening pool up.

    Someone told me puuting a tarp over the mesh was not a good idea as it unnecessarily increases the tension on the mesh springs. They said if a tarp was a must then its advisable to put it below mesh instead and install pump on top of it.
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