Ok, I fudged. Not a 'new' pool, but a pool that is new to me anyway.
I'm the proud (1 month ago I would have said terrified...thanks TFP for easing my fears!) new owner of a 27750 gallon IG vinyl lined pool. Honestly, I NEVER thought that was something I would say because I have never been a pool person. It's not that I don't enjoy a dip when the mercury climbs, it's just that I never wanted the added responsibility. But then we found our dream house...dreamy except that it included the pool! It was a tough decision...but we went for it DESPITE the pool.
Luckily, I have a good friend who led me to this forum. (Thanks Rob!) And after lurking here all winter, I AM SO GLAD THAT WE BOUGHT THE POOL.
So yes, I am very excited about opening and using the pool this year. Thanks to this forum, I feel armed with the knowledge I will need to keep my pool crystal clear all season.
The pool has had a lock-down cover on it all winter, so I haven't even SEEN the pool yet, other than some photos. So I have no idea what condition the water is in. I do know that the folks who previously owned the house kept the pool in very good condition, but I highly doubt that they used the BBB method. I'm pretty sure that they used chlorine and not baquacil to sanitize the pool. That's the good news. The bad news is that I'm pretty sure they used trichlor. They also left a half used bottle of algaecide behind. So...I can't wait to get the cover off this thing, put the TF-100 to work and see what I have. My guess is that I'm not in too bad of shape except I expect the CYA to be through the roof. (Not looking forward to a drain/refill, but I'm insistent on getting this started right.)
Anyway, if you've read this far and you are a long-time pool owner and forum member, THANK YOU for all you do for us newbies here.
If you are a newbie like myself who is considering pool ownership...if the only thing holding you back is fear of the unknown, then let this forum help you conquer that fear! Go for it! We've got your back!
I'm on the schedule for the pool company (same company that built the pool) to come and help me open it and the spa (Did I mention there is a spa as well?) sometime around May 13. Does anyone have any experience with Pleasure Pool and Deck in Bethel Park? I will post back with my experiences opening the pool and getting the water ready to swim. See you back here in this thread in about a week!