I got the pool opened this weekend and for the first time since I bought the house, have been able to get more familiar with it. It's a concrete?-fiberglass? hybrid - installed sometime between the 60-70's. I did my best modeling it in Autodesk Inventor from a Google Earth shot and I get about 21,000 gallons. Does this seem right?
Note: This is after the pool had been filling for a bit. It was drained down about 4" below the returns all winter. And yes, I got all the worms out!
I heard you shouldn't drain fiberglass pools without reinforcement but this is only fiberglass for a few feet and I had it drained all winter with the top half of the fiberglass empty. Surely it wouldn't collapse with only another foot or so of water gone? There is a white plug over a pipe that seems to extend pretty far down by the deep end. Is this to pump out the ground water if you are emptying the pool? Will this plus the pool's construction let me drain it and get rid of the stupid brown staining that won't come off?
I got the cover off and filled it up the rest of the way. I took this opportunity to "upgrade" the electrical work from "not at all outdoor rated" to completely waterproof.
After the pump ran for a day I tested the water and got these results:
Is this the luckiest new pool owner opening or what? No algae, no cloudiness, no... stuff floating in it. Water is clear and ready to go! ...if it wasn't still only 55 degrees.
I did add 48oz of baking soda to get the TA up. Haven't re-tested yet though. I have bleach ready to keep the FC where it is. Is there anything else I should have on hand?
I sat outside last night, happy with the weekend's efforts and my new mood lighting.