As I am hoping the worst of the snow is beyond us in NY, I am thinking about our pool and the installation as well as the initial running of our SWCG (details in my signature). Very excited about the transition from regular chlorine and I bought the Autopilot at the end of last season and I am looking at the box as I type.
I have a few questions that may seem ignorant in nature but I have received much help on this forum in the past so I appreciate the input. Traditionally, what I would do is hook the filter, pump, etc., up - put the filter to waste and do I big vacuum to get rid of debris etc. I'm assuming I can still do this with SWCG connected and just have it off so it is a pass through basically? Reason I ask, is I have no salt in the pool now so I want to get it somewhat clean before I even turn the unit on and waste hours. Can that be done?
Also, Pool Math always confuses me. I have 18 bags at 40lbs per bag (18X40 = 720 lbs) is that close to enough? I'm thinking no but wanted to ask.
Do I need to buy the Salt Test kit even though I believe the Auto Pilot tells you about salt content?
I read on their website that when starting the pool to still use chlorine to bring it up to level. I still have a bunch of shock left over so I'm wondering if you are all advocates of that and do you do that each season. I have a bunch of tablets that I could float in the pool also until it gets clean and then I could run the SWCG.
I know I asked a few questions but thanks!