I've been a lurker on this site since I made an offer to buy a house back in March. I know nothing about pools, but I feel that I've learned more in the month or so that I've spent on this site and browsing the internet for additional information.
You can see my pool info below and I'm nearing the time frame that I will want to open my pool. Still waiting on this tree near the pool to shed all of its helicopter things. This pool was installed in 2009 and the previous owners gave me the number of the guy that installed it. They said they would open the pool themselves, but use him to close. Since I feel pretty unsure about opening as far as the fittings and what not, I gave him a call about helping me open the pool then educating me on the ins and outs. I already have the tf-100 test kit so I'm good to go once the pool is open to start testing the water. The guy quoted me 300 to open the pool and 300 to close it. I asked him about using bleach instead of the 3 inch tabs that the previous owners left. He started laughing and was like no, do not do that...then he said no you can as long as you are prepared to have me replace your liner in a couple of years for 3 grand. He said using bleach will cause the liner to become brittle. He suggested the best thing to do is use the Pool Frog and cut the top off of one of the bac pacs and use 1 inch tablets in there. There is actually a bac pac canister already in there that has the top cut off so I guess the previous owners were doing that but with the 3 inch tabs since that is all that is left.
As far as chemicals left there are those 3 inch tabs I told you about, some soda ash and a PH decreaser...oh and a few test strips. They also left me a bottle to use to have the water tested by Leslies. They were like whatever is wrong, just take a sample to them and they tell you what you need. Which is a big waste of time from what I read here. I'm just confused why the guy that is a fox pool dealer and has been installing/maintaining pools for 15 years would have that outlook on using bleach. I mean bleach and chlorine is the same stuff. I like to put some trust into the guy that has been in the business for so long and I'm new to all of this.
It is kind of frustrating to hear two different sides to maintaining your pool and I would assume this is just his ignorance because its not like he is affiliated with a pool store in which he would sell me chemicals...