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    Getting ready to take pool cover off

    This is the first year I've had to deal with opening up a pool. We bought a summer scape metal frame 14x42 pool last year. Holds about 3750 gallons with a SFS1000/7 SkimmerPlusŪ Filter Pump. Im expecting algae, i had a hard time keeping the pool clean last year. my water hose doesnt have very good pressure and I was thinking of getting a new vacuum and using the skimmer this year. I had looked at the website and saw this kit Deluxe Maintenance Kit for SFS Filtration System. What do i need to know about vacuuming the pool using the skimmer?

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    Re: Getting ready to take pool cover off

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    If you have a hard time keeping the pool clear, then it was likely a chemistry problem ... more specifically a lack of sufficient chlorine.

    Have you discovered Pool School yet? Start with these:
    ABCs of Water Chemistry
    Recommended Pool Chemicals
    How to Chlorinate Your Pool

    To clear up algae, you need to follow the ShockLevelAndMAINTAIN Process which requires one of the Recommended Test Kits. Given that your pool is small, you might be better off just draining and starting over and then following the Seasonal/Temporary Pool Guide.

    That was all a bit of a tangent because I am not sure how to answer your question about vacuuming in these small AG pools
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    Re: Getting ready to take pool cover off

    i have horrible water pressure in my garden hose and I was using the vaccum that attaches to the hose that has a bag to collect the stuff on the botton. i had some issues with algae last year but i really think its because i couldnt clean it well. i was def thinking of draining it and starting over. how do i go about cleaning the bottom of the pool, do i clean it then drain it?

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    Re: Getting ready to take pool cover off

    Please update your signature as shown here. For most skimmer vacs there is either a plate that installs in the skimmer that the vac hose connects to or the hose connects directly to the skimmer opening. Algae only grows if you do not maintain the minimum chlorine level for your cya level according to the Chlorine CYA Chart.

    Here are some Pool School articles that will help.
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    ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry
    Test Kit Comparison
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    Re: Getting ready to take pool cover off

    im thinking of just emptying the pool, im sure it will be all green.. how do i go about this? do i empty it then go in and scrub off all the stuff or do i just fill it with the yucky stuff there and shock it.

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    Re: Getting ready to take pool cover off

    Either way is fine. Depends how much time and energy you want to spend scrubbing and hosing. Or you can leave it full and SLAM it, SLAMing Your Pool

    One thing that might help you decide is if you know what your CYA level is. If it is high then you will need to drain some of the water to dilute it anyway.
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    Re: Getting ready to take pool cover off

    I was thinking of upgrading my pump to something bigger, i keep reading that the sfs1000 doesnt do its job. any direction on where i need to go for advice on that will be helpful.
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