My family and I moved to a new house last year with an in ground pool. I had no idea what I was getting into and never thought I wanted a pool but now wonder how I lived without one. Knock on wood but so far everything seems to be going really well and so I thought I'd check in here and ask a question.
Our pool is kind of a funny egg shaped thing including the pool bottom. My guess is it's somewhere in the 15-18K gallon range but it's hard to tell exactly what math most of the calculators are using (Haven't seen an egg setting). It was probably built in the 70s or 80s so it's old but in pretty good shape. The pump is newer, no idea about the age of the sand filter and the heater is old but working fine. We inherited a bucket of BioGuard Silk Smart Sticks which I understand from reading here are not the most cost effective but have been working fine -- we keep 2 or 3 in the skimmer basket and the pump runs 24/7. I'm not opposed to changing what we're doing but so far it seems to be working well with minimal effort.
I purchased the test kit and have reliably read the following results:
FC: 5 (Was about 7 so I went from 3 chlorine sticks to 2)
Having never had a pool before I don't really know what I'm doing but it seems like these are reasonable values, no?
Here's my actual question: The pool's waste line has a consistent drip. Sometimes I think that if I go inside and jiggle the filter's valve it stops but then I look later and it's dripping again. Is this normal? Should water be coming out the waste line when the pump valve is set to filter?
Oops, I have two questions. The pool used to have a light but from what I can tell was disabled some time ago including some of the electrical. How much work is it to get an old pool light going again and where can I find information about this?