With some experience on different message forums, I thought I would introduce myself BEFORE I am in a panic.
I am opening my pool for the first time alone this year. I bought the house two years ago, and kept the pool guy last year. He opened, maintained, and closed the pool last year. But this DARN MILLIVOLT/GAS HEATER was so DARN finicky, and kept me so busy, that I was doing a lot of the work myself, so I am on my own this year.
Quite a few leaves got in under the cover. But the Polaris vacuum is picking them up- I just have to empty it every half hour! ha hah. I "modified" the vacuum with a leaf catching bag from a Polaris 3900- Twice as big, "Butterfly" bag!
I was a little late with the Diatomaceous Earth "pre coating", as I ran the filter for a few hours today, shocked and de-algae'ed the pool BEFORE even knowing to add the Diatomaceous Earth powder to the skimmer (as the instructions said, oops)
So right now, I am just letting the "Shock" and anti-algae do their thing tonight and then take my first measurements for PH and all the others tomorrow.
Thanks for reading!