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Thread: New Pool Owner- Overwhelmed

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    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Macomb, MI

    New Pool Owner- Overwhelmed

    Hello Everyone,
    I just purchased a new 24' round and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. The pool store is giving me a kit that includes "everything I need to open my pool", but I know it's all granulated chlorine sticks and such. Do I risk damaging my pool if I start out with that stuff, or should I just go tright to the BBB method? Also, seems like I should be investing in a quality test kit in short order, so that will be next on my list.

    I've read the whole Pool School and I am thrilled that there is so much valuable informaiton out there. Has really helped to begin to put my mind at ease. I did have one other question though. I purchased a heat pump but opted to not put in a center drain (pool is not yet installed so I can change my mind). I really am not overly concerned about the less vacumming benfits of the main drain, but I am wondering if I am going to regret not having the additional circulation for heating. I live in Michigan though so I am really concerned abotu the hard freeze we get each winter. Are there other methods I coudl use to improve circulation in the pool?

    Thanks for your help!
    14k gal, AG, 1hp waterway, sand, heat pump, 7/16/2014 install

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    Apr 2007
    SW PA

    Re: New Pool Owner- Overwhelmed

    I would skip the main drain as you don't need it. You want to circulate the whole pool? Run your pump as needed and point your eyeball/return down and you'll be just fine. You can also brush your pool weekly and vac it weekly too. I brush one day and vac the next. I live in PA and I get 3 good swimming months and that's about it. I would imagine Michigan is the same.
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

    24' Sharkline Venture De Filter

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