I'm a first time pool owner thanks to a great sale on the above ground pool listed in my sig. I stumbled onto this site after doing a little web research before getting started and am both very thankful and overwhelmed! I don't know a thing about taking care of a pool and have to admit I was feeling a little over my head as I dove into "Pool School" for the first time
I did have enough sense to buy a basic test kit at Wal-Mart (yeah I have read, need the better one!) and analyze my water first before getting started. I'll begin filling my new pool with my city water tomorrow as follows:
CYA less than 30
I bought one of the small size floating chlorine puck thingys and a 1.5# jar of 1" pucks. From what I have read here this may be OK for now since my start-up water will essentially have no CYA and the pucks will bring this level up. Whether it is fast enough or not I don't know.
I do like the little I have read about the BBB method and hope I can keep the process simple. I really like the idea of using basic and inexpensive products available at my local market.
I have also read in various places that I need to shock the pool to get it started? I'm not sure about this either.
Anyway, thanks in advance for your insight and for the great volume of excellent info that is already searchable here at TFP! With any luck my family and I will soon be enjoying our new pool, filled with nice clean water !