Hello everyone... I've been lurking around this site for a couple months now, and have finally decided to make a post.
First some background. We purchased our house last June, and it was a flip... The house was built in 1970, and obviously the pool added sometime after that, but I don't have any knowledge of the actual age of the pool. It's a organic shaped pool which I estimate around 10,000 gallons, and as part of the house flip the flipper "remodeled" the pool by giving it a good scrub and painting it. They obviously didn't care to much about the chemical makeup of the water considering it is completely jacked up as I will get to in a minute.
One thing about the painted surface of the pool is they never used any non-slip additive to the paint, so the steps and floor are very slippery. I promised my wife that when we got the opportunity we could get some non-slip coating added.
Now... on to the chemistry of the pool. The CYA level is 150+ the CH is 400, and I can't maintain FC levels above 1 for more than 3 days at a time. I made the mistake of going to Leslie and letting them convince me to buy about $200 in chemicals... but I am done with them after they told me conflicting things within about 2 days of each other.
I have decided the best move forward is to completely drain the pool, and since the water is out give the thing a good scrub, and repaint with anti-slip additive. Considering this is the first pool I have ever dealt with, my first questions are essentially how do I completely drain my pool (my waste pipe is capped off on my filter) and what is the best advice on painting the pool surface?
Here is a picture of my pool pump/filter which I think or circa 1980 :P
I have been studying the pool school methods for maintaining water, and feel confident I can maintain the water myself once I get the pool back up.
Oh... One last thing... I'm also trying to plan, and organize all of this work from about 2000 miles away from my pool LOL. I'm away from home for a month due to the Military and can't do any of this work until I get home, so I am trying to plan and organize my attack so I can get it right the first time.
Any advice is definitely appreciated.