Thank you for the wealth of information on this site. It really is invaluable to new pool owners like me.
I bought a home near Boston, MA with an existing inground pool that was opened and maintained by the previous owner (not a pool pro). He didn't use the K 2006 test kit, but instead brought a bottle of water to the pool store for advice on the chemicals needed. The water is clear and we've actually swam in it a few times already, but ignorance is bliss, I guess. With the heavy rains over the last week, I'm hoping to properly care for the pool, and will read Pool School and the other threads on this forum.
However, the family is on my case to get the pool up and running ASAP (no Father's day break for me). I'm trying to create a list of basic things to buy, so could you please tell me:
- What's the best place to get the test kits and chemicals? For example, Leslies sells the K 2006 for ~$90 and it's on Amazon for ~$50, but I'll bite the bullet if I can get the pool functioning this weekend.
- What are the basic chemicals I'll need over time to maintain the pool, regardless of the test results? And the amounts? Again, buying online is cheaper, but I might buy local this one time to get the pool going sooner.
- Are there any tools (e.g. baskets for tabs) that I'll need to release the chemicals into the pool?
- What else should I buy up front (this weekend) that I'll eventually need to maintain the pool?
Thanks so much and Happy Fathers' Day to all. I will be back often to this forum.