I have been looking over this site for about two days now and it's been very informative. However I haven't been able to find answers to a few questions. Here is the situation. We closed on our house with pool this past December. I have never cared for a pool. The previous owners were not very accommodating a left only a pole with a skimmer on it. Realtor told us it was a salt water pool and was installed summer of 2015 by Family Leisure here in Nashville. They supposedly also closed the pool. Looking through this site I now know that it is not a salt water pool but has a perma salt system. I already gather that's not what I want. So my main question right now is can I just not plug in the perma salt device and care for the pool as recommended on TFP or do I have to have the device removed? Moving forward how do I go about opening the pool? Drop in a hose and fill to midway to top of skimmers fire up the pump and start working on the water chemistry? Or do I need to know the test results before I start the pump? I ordered a TF-100 text kit today. Also I could use some recommendations on what I need equipment wise for maintenance (vacuums, hoses, robots). That said, I don't know what I don't know so what else should I do given that I was not the person who closed the pool? Here is what I have been able to gather as to the pools apparatus.
18' X 36' IG vinyl, 28.4K gal, 1.5 HP Hayward pump model# C48D43A04, Hayward sand filter model# S270T(which seems to be missing a pressure gauge and in the recirculate position when I found it.)
Thank you in advance for the help.