I just wanted to introduce myself, my name is Steve and I live in Norman, OK. I am closing this week on a home with a pool, which is likely a little bit of an older pool, but still very excited. For the last few weeks I have browsed the site, read pool school and all supported documents, even laminated them all, and ordered/received my TF-100 kit. Needless to say, I am excited! I have never owned a pool before but am a DIY kind of person for the most part and look forward to maintaining the pool myself and hopefully keeping it crystal clear and trouble free. I was unable to get any water testing done, but will be starting that on day 1 once we are in the house. I have a few question, as well as will post a few pics of the pool and equipment.
1) First, approx. how big of a pool would you calculate this to be? From furthest end to furthest end, it is 40 feet long, and 20 feet wide. The shallowest end is just over 3 feet, as well as having stairs, and the deepest part of the pool is approx. 6.5 feet in the middle. It then shallows again to the other side to approx. 4 feet deep with a sitting bench as seen in the pic. Lastly, it is a rectangle but with the "corners" missing, so I am unsure of how many gallons this would reduce the size. Anyways, with these measurements and the attached pic, how big do you all think approx? Im guessing between 26k and 31k.
2) Next, the pool makes use of a Rainbow 320 auto chlorinator, which I believe uses pucks and adds CYA constantly. Is it a valid assumption that the pool will have very high CYA levels and need to be partially drained/refilled to get the CYA down to acceptable levels?
3) Energy efficiency is a pretty large concern of mine, and I don't believe the pump that is currently installed is very energy efficient. Are there any variable speed ones you all highly recommend at a reasonable price and sized ideally for this sized pool. I am guessing a 1.5 to 2 hp pump would be sufficient? This is the current pump:
4) The current filter is leaking from what appears to be the collar up at the top, and according to a local pool store who did a previous inspection, it is due to the threads being damaged and unreplaceable and unrepairable. Is this true, or are they trying to sell somebody a filter? Also, I don't know what the current homeowners level of maintenence is, but the gauge was showing over 60 psi. I know they are often inaccurate, and I am guessing this would be the case? Is it recommended to replace the filter, and if so with what brand/size/model. This is the current filter
5) As I mentioned earlier, this is likely an older pool and thus doesn't have much for automation/technological control. Is it possible and fairly painless to upgrade the pool to a system where I could potentially control the systems via Wifi on my phone or at least some sort of integrated touch pad. If so, what different parts would I need to complete the setup? Here is the current system and timer.