I have lurked here since joining and readily found the answers to any questions, so this is my first post. Here's a little background, I have owned above ground pools off and on since the late 80's. I currently have a 15 X 48 Intex pool and found TFP sometime after buying the Intex and have used and loved the BBB method since. The Intex stays up year round, is four years old this summer and starting to have lots of rust so I have been looking for a steel walled pool as a replacement for a while and found a 24 X 52 Vogue Simbio on craigslist that we got for $650 and we disassembled and brought it home yesterday.
The pool came with a 1 HP Hayward Power-Flo LX pump, a gianormous sand filter (unsure of the make or size as we have to go back and get it), Polaris 65 cleaner, Lumi-O Wedding Cake II steps, and assorted nets, poles and accessories. It's in extremely good shape although it's filthy since there were lots of trees around where the previous owners had it so I've got lots of cleaning to do.
Now, on to my questions. The steps have rust stains where the weights were bolted to the steps, will ascorbic acid work to remove these stains? The reason we have to go back and get the sand filter is because it was full of water so we had to let it drain. I'm not sure how long it's been since this pool was in use, but I know it wasn't opened this summer, so what do I need to look for as far as damage from being full of water over winter? The pool had Gladon pool cove and Happy Bottom, we brought both home with us. I know that we can reuse the pool cove, can we also reuse the Happy Bottom?
Sorry for all the questions on my first post and thanks in advance for any answers you can provide.