OK, we have a pool that was most likely installed in 1987. The structure of the pool is something I've never heard of, but is apparently not all that rare. It is believed to be a Buster Crabbe pool with a cement bottom and wooden walls... originally it held a liner. After some years, it had been fiber-glassed, the main drain removed, and the liner deleted. Some years more and the gelcoat of the fiberglass has failed and the immediately previous owners of the pool have "painted" it with a hard coating, which, too, has failed.
The first two months of ownership showed that we had a mere leak of only about 650 gallons per day. We found a repair to one of the two returns with about 5 couplings in the space of 4 feet... crooked and the last coupling had no glue. That mess was repaired properly and the leaks subsided to only 550 gallons per day during the next two months.... something had to be done and it finally got warm enough to attack the problem(s).
Pool guys came in, yesterday, and drained the pool. Additional problems were found where the skimmer pool connection was leaking and the pipe joint at the skimmer was never glued ( I'm beginning to note a pattern, here!). The returns were leaking, too. Solution:
New 28 mil liner, new skimmer, new returns, new plumbing, and a thorough pressure test. It will be a "Just Getting Started," for us; the pool will surely not respond to chemistry, as before.
The simple question is this: after refilling (with city water) and starting the pump, in which order do I reintroduce the chemicals? Any gotchas to be considered with a new liner? Any other tips? Pitfalls?