The pool will be installed Mon & Tue of next week. It's a 24ft round, 52 inch deep above ground pool. It will come with a 2 speed Hayward cartridge filter. Solar cover, Winter cover, leaf net, vacum and hose, basic test kits, and starter chemicals. We chose the steps rather then the A frame ladder. We will be ditching the chemicals and test kits. I just recieved today in the mail our TF100 test kit. And I also ordered a Leaf Rake which will replace the chinsey one the pool place will give us(Hasnt arrived yet). We are going the BBB method and we think we have a good handle on what we will need to do. And thought we would keep everything in one place. That way we can look back if needed and learn from our mistakes, or others can learn from our mistakes. Hopefully we wont make any.
We paid roughly $3,700 for the pool, everything listed above, with installation.
We also paid approx. $40 for the town permit.
another $90 to have a town approved electical inspector inspect the electrical when done.
The electrician will be over this Sunday to tell me what to get and how much he will charge to run the line. Hes a friend of the familys and wont hurt my wallet. I will be digging the trench for the electrical line, either by hand or with a borrowed mini excavator. I also checked and I have at least one, but im hoping two, unused electrical breakers left in the panel. Im hoping to run the pump on one, and have an extra one for low voltage lighting or Auxillary use like a radio.
We are placing the pool approx 24 feet from the house with at least 25 feet from the side and back edge of the yards. We were forced to because of codes and stuff like that. We are leaving 3 additional feet around the pool with no obstructions so we can build a deck around it in the future (a year or two from now). I will post a pic this weekend where the future pool will be placed.
Here are my first test results: (From the tap, future pool fill water)
FC under .5
CC under .5 (These three should be at or near 0, which they are)
TC under .5
PH 7.6 (Will try to hold my PH at this ideal #)
T/A 150 (Concerned its high, but this is only test I may have dropped an extra drop of reagent)
CH 100 (I know I dont have to worry about this, but wanted a recorded # for future)
CYA 0 (Stoopid me tested for this, DUH. I havent added any stabalizer)
Temp: (to chilly to even want to record.)
I thought I would test my fill water from the hose to get a head start on what I will need right of the start to get my pool where I want it.
Everything looked fine to me for the #'s except the T/A. There is a small tiny possibilty I added one extra drop of a reagent when testing. I glanced out the window while dropping drops. Total Newb mistake. But there is a chance it is correct. I didnt test again. I will wait until I test after the pool is filled. But at least I have starting points.
Note to anyone new to testing and doing something similar to what I did for testing: When testing your FILL WATER you dont need to test fill water for CYA. Its just a waste of your reagents. Because you wont have any stabalizer in your water at this point.
My course of action once the pool is filled (of course I will take pictures) and i'm done just staring at it mesmorized that we just had our pool installed.
Make sure the pump and filter are running smooth and then buy (4) 96oz bottles of 6% bleach. And buy some Stabalizer in the poweder form. Not sure if they come in big LB boxes but I sure hope so.
Will add a little over a Jug and a half of the bleach, after the sun has set off the pool. to bring my FC up to 7. (Im going to start at 7 and go from there)
To get my CYA to 70 (Pool is in full sun entire day). I will need a little over 8.5 lbs of stabalizer. Which I plan on putting in a skimmer sock and placing in front of the return to dissolve. Will retest this after about 4-5 days or once I see it all has been dissolved.
I will then test after about 30-45 minutes of originally adding the Chlorine to make sure I hit 7. Will get up early the next am before sun hits the pool and retest Chlorine and see if it held at 7. Hoping it will since it will just have been filled and the Green Meany shouldnt happen that fast.
From here I will enjoy the pool and do my best keeping everything balanced. If you see anything I am missing or have suggestions please feel free to chime in. Other are welcome to join me on this journey and hopefully we can all learn together. I would also like to Thank TroubleFreePool.com for creating this awesome site. A big weight was lifted off my chest when I stumbled across this site.