I am a newbie here, so please go easy on me...
I have an approx. 20,000 gallon vinyl in-ground pool (16'x32' with an 8 foot deep-end) with a Hayward sand-filter and 3/4 horsepower pump. I have a one skimmer basket and one return/jet. I am currently using an in-line chlorinator with jumbo tabs, but I am sick of all the ups and downs with my chemical tests. For instance, 2 weeks ago, a test of my pool showed a chlorine reading of over 20 ppm, which bleached out the rest of the test readings. I turned off my chlorinator for a week to reduce this level. My latest test showed that I had a water temp of 82 degrees Fahrenheit, a chlorine reading of 12 ppm (which is still high) and a cyanuric (spelling?) acid reading of 142. Despite the high chlorine reading, I started to have an increase in algae bloom. After reading some of the posts here, I will probably have to drain a good portion of my pool to reduce this cyanuric number and thereby increasing my frustration level even higher because I just did this 2 summers ago. After topping off my chlorinator, I have used up my remaining stock of tabs and I am inclined to switch to an intex salt water chlorine generator system instead of wasting more money on chemicals. I have read several posts on this website and determined that I would need two of these generators (in parallel) to adequately provide chlorine for my pool.
What I need (from anyone that is willing to help) is a step-by-step description of everything that I need to do to make this transition happen. For instance, What Intex generator model number should I get? Should I get the ozone as well? Would it be better to use a "T" pipe or try to find a "Y" pipe? What do I use to adapt the intex fittings to fit my 1.5 inch pipes? Should I drain the pool and refill before I get the generators? Or should I wait until the generators are in place and then refill? This is just the beginning of the slew of questions that I have.
As I mentioned, I am rookie to this site and I am having a hard time deciphering some of these abbreviations. Layman's terms and pictures would really help me out!
Thanks in advance for any help!