I wasn't sure where to post this so if there is another beginner's section, please let me know.
I've lurked a bit here and there and finally decided I need to take control of my pool - especially since my 2 year old daughter wants to start using it. In fact, I took the blind plunge of becoming a supporter because I think it's great sites like this exist to help some of us not only help ourselves and our famalies, but possibly help others one day.
I feel like I've wasted countless hours, $$$, and time trying to get a 'healthy' pool while seemingly going nowhere. Part of it, if not all of it, is my fault for not spending the time to educate myself. That changes now
Before I post about my questions, issues, next steps, learning, etc. I need to establish a baseline.
1) I'm going to go through as much as I can from the Pool School section first
2) I'm going to order the TF-100 kit so I can play along (I just spent the same on 3 different testing kits so will donate them at Goodwill)
3) I need to confirm the volume of my pool as we just took ownership a couple years ago and I can't confirm it anyway. Other than maybe breaking up sections and adding volume up, I was going to use something like http://www.poolandspachemicals.co.uk/volcalc.htm unless someone has a better suggestion?
4) I found articles here dealing with water change but am having trouble determining "when" I should change some water out. I don't know the last time the water was changed...but I'm having a lot of trouble with certain readings. I'm assuming I shouldn't even worry about this until I get the TF-100 and provide some values to figure out next steps?
I still need to finish reading all of the good articles here so hope my questions are not premature. I just want to make sure I've done all I can before asking my real questions.