I'm new to this forum & somewhat new to pool care. We had an AG pool 7 years ago but my husband took care of it using traditional methods-he pretty much kept it sparkling. Well, he's now sick & is not in the take care of pool business any longer. We closed the pool for several years but now my 10 YO daughter & I decided it was time for another one since we live in the middle of nowhere!! I bought a very cheap Intex 12 ft 21/2 ft. pool last year & the pump quit after 4 weeks. When I purchased it, I also put a 24 x 52 intex pool on layaway via Rural King. I went to cancel it in the fall & they had clearanced it from $600 to $200 so I had to pay very little to finish my purchase so I did. Fast forward to this year. I know it's fairly late season but it's taken some time to get things ready as I'm at the mercy of my grown sons. It is going on sand where my old pool was but the sand is very compacted underneath. I'm hoping to leave the pool up, but that's not my question now.
What my post is for is to just get a handle on using the BBB method beyond what I've read here. WalMart carries liquid chlorine 12 % for $6.47 for 2 gallons which seems way cheaper than bleach. But, here's my question. All things balanced in the pool, about how much bleach/liquid chlorine will I generally use for a 24' round 52" deep? I did buy an Intex sand filter to use with it also so any tips on connecting that would be great. I'm putting it up Saturday. I've bought Borax & already bought 3" tablets before researching this method. I just need to decide what to do & what to buy. I'm assuming I need to buy baking soda plus CA? Is that correct? Also, is it really true this is cheaper than traditional methods? I also purchased some HTH Super Extended Release Algeacide per my sister's suggestion (she has an in ground pool). Upon looking at the label it contains copper. I do have well water but it's very clear & we had no issues with the previous pools due to the well water that I know of. Any advice you can give will be so very welcomed.
Thanks in advance!!