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    Newbie from MD trying to get the swamp under control

    Happy to find this site . This pool was almost drained when we purchased the house last fall. Pool is located on a sloping rocky hill, so high water table may not be an issue. Local pool company advised to fill to 1 ft below skimmers for the winter which we did and then to drain, clean paint and refill in the spring. They did not see the pool. There are just a couple of minor cracks in the plaster but the pool is holding water. There is a Hayward S244T sand filter and a 1hp pump.
    There are gas and electrical connections to the heater which is missing.

    I would like to add a salt water chlorinator and optionally a heater as well. I read that painting is not advised.
    I was planning to drain the pool, clean the leaves, pressure clean and then refill. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    What is the best media for the particular sand filter? And where is the best location for the chlorine generator?

    Thanks!

    I will post pictures.
    New to pool maintenance
    Plaster pool (now a post-foreclosure swamp) 35ft by 16ft
    Hayward S244T Sand filter
    Hayward Super pump 1hp model c48k2n143b1
    currently filled 1ft below skimmers with brown water

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    Re: Newbie from MD trying to get the swamp under control

    Welcome to TFP and congrats on the new swamp!

    #20 silica sand is best for the filter. The SWG should be last before going to the pool. Pump-->filter-->heater-->SWG-->pool.

    We recommend scooping out the leaves and following this process to clear it up, SLAM.

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    Re: Newbie from MD trying to get the swamp under control

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    New to pool maintenance
    Plaster pool (now a post-foreclosure swamp) 35ft by 16ft
    Hayward S244T Sand filter
    Hayward Super pump 1hp model c48k2n143b1
    currently filled 1ft below skimmers with brown water

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    Re: Newbie from MD trying to get the swamp under control

    Normal first recommendation from this site is to purchase a test kit so you can test your own water. There's probably no need to drain any water, assuming your CYA is inline. Pour some chlorine in your pool to start, then start a SLAM once your test kit arrives.
    40 year old pool, 35k gal w/spa, gunite replastered July 2016, Hayward Sand filter, Hayward 1.5 hp single speed pump, TF-100, Kreepy Krauly suction side cleaner Dolphin M400

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