Finally got the pool sparkly again after the black opening, and convinced the women of the house (my wife and my cousin who shares the bills with us) to let me install (see: spend the money on) a CPSC48!
It arrived today, and after I switch out the jumpers to run it off of 120 instead of 240, I'll get going with the install. Picked up some AquaChem salt strips, so I'll do an initial test and then figure out how much salt to add while the unions are drying, and then hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to turn everything on for the first time!!!
Super excited, I'll post pictures as the install progresses!