Hey everyone, I'm new here from Long Island, NY and I'm getting ready to set up an intex 16" x 48" ultra frame above ground pool.
I made an introduction thread here (http://www.troublefreepool.com/threa...ions-on-an-AGP), but figured I would make another in this section specifically to helping me get started on my pool journey.
I've spent the past few days reading as much as possible here including pool school and all the various helpful articles. This website is full of great information and helpful people, it's really a great place. I think I've got a pretty good grasp on what to do, but would like some advice from those who have been through this already.
First off, I do not actually have the pool yet. I plan to purchase it this week in a local store and set it up this weekend. I'm hoping to have it ready to swim by 4th of July, though it may be a little cold haha. I purchased my house a year ago, and it previously had an inset above ground pool, but it was too far gone and was taken down. However, the 1 foot deep hole for the pool is still there, and I would like to set this one in it. Im looking at the intex 16' x 48" ultra frame pool, as ive read these can be set in the ground and seem to be a good choice. Here is a link to the pool I'm looking at. It holds about 5000 gallons of water at 90% full.
I plan to get it from target, here.
Is this a good starting point for me? I figure it should come with everything I need at first and I can alter/improve as I go from there. I'm handy and have no problem doing my own work and building things.
Next thing is, I've read about the importance of testers and have already ordered the taylor k-2006 test kit, As soon as I get it I plan to test my tap water to see what I may need to do to get my water chemistry right. What do you guys think might be a good idea for my initial start? I'm thinking of picking up some bleach to add chlorine right away as well as having baking soda, borax, etc on hand. I was thinking of getting a chlorine floater also to add some 3" tabs at first to help with chlorine and get my CYA up. Thoughts? Suggestions? I plan to follow the tfpc method to maintain my pool. What should I do to get my pool ready for swimming as fast as possible?
Also, I kept some things from the old pool setup, such as a hayward gm series sand filter, a 115V 3/4hp pump, some pool tools, etc. I'll try to get pictures of this stuff up as soon as possilbe as maybe you guys can better identify it. I also plan to get a hayward through the wall skimmer as ive read these are much better.
So, what are your thoughts on my plans? Anything I should do differently? Anything I missed? If theres any questions please ask. Thanks in advance for your help.