well i ordered a little 10'x30" intex metal frame pool today to see if i will really use a pool as much as i think i will. i figure if i do then i will upgrade in a yr or 2. anyways until i came to this site i thought all i needed to do was use one of those chlorine floater things and shock it every once in awhile.
now im reading all this chemistry and abbreviations i dont understand and my head is spinning. im sure i will be able to figure out everything but in the meantime what should i buy to get started?
i dont think i should dive in head first (no pun intended) and start using diy methods of bleach and baking soda ect. until i understand what im actually looking for on the tests.
so what should i buy? keep in mind i am on a budget so i will be looking into the diy or BBB method as i guess its called. but i dont want to be too overwhelmed at first. i just need to get started and in the pool.
whats a good low price test kit on amazon (under$20) i hope.
how many chlorine tablets am i going to be going through with my pool?
i would rather start with shocking the pool at first if i need to and then get into the experimenting...unless the experimenting isnt as complicated as it sounds. how much of that shock stuff do you normally need for a pool my size?
i plan on keeping it covered with a solar cover and regular cover when not in use, which raises a question about the solar cover. it may be a stupid question but i will ask anyways....will the solar cover warm the pool if the pool cover is on over it? or does the solar cover need to be the only cover on during the day to help soak up the sun?
are there any other chemicals im going to need that i havent mentioned?
also i live in chicago so it will only be up from this fri until sept. at the latest.
sorry if my post is a bit scatterbrained but im kinda freakin out and thinking i may have bitten off more than i can handle.