Gee, I don't even know where to start. We are closing in 2 weeks on a house with a pool. I've been here (and other places) studying, studying, studying. My TF Test Kit came today...whoo hoo. However, everything has been theoretical so far, which is a very hard way to learn.
So, I come here today, pictures in hand (what limited supply I have at this point), hoping to get at least a bit of a headstart when it comes to understanding how all this information applies to my pool. (That sounds so funny...."my" pool!)
What we know about this pool:
Original to the house, we think, so 1972. It is an in-ground liner pool, but the walls seem to be concrete blocks???? Maintenance has been poor, and it shows. The liner was reportedly replaced 3-4 years ago (but the septic had also been pumped 3 years ago...in 2003!!!! Hmmm.....)
Currently, there is weekly maintenance by someone who comes to test and throw chemicals in. Apparently, while on the market, the pool went green. Hence, pool service, which has cleared up the water, but I'm very concerned about the "Sun" brand chlorinator, and the ginormous bucket of pucks left behind.
1) Understanding the white "coping" on the edge of the pool, and how the liner attaches. I've read about bead liners, j-hooks, overlap until I'm blue in the face, but I still don't understand how they work with an in-ground pool with that big white facing on top. It appears to be screwed on. What would I find underneath it? Any one have any pictures?
2) Understanding the differences in vacuuming a vinyl pool as opposed to a gunite/shotcrete pool. Pool School has examples of "vinyl vacuums", but what about those vacuums is different?
3) Funds and time! We are not moving into this house until next spring, as it needs a fair amout of work, and it is farther from our kids' current school. My goal is to continue as is, while hopefully weaning off the pucks before closing. I'm very concerned about the state of the equipment and sorting out what needs to be replaced first, and with what. My ultimate goal is a SWG, but that is at least a season or two down the road.
So, my plan is to post small groups of pics (once I figure out how!), so I can get some help identifying what we have and start applying some of my Pool School knowledge. I can't tell you how badly I want to sneak out there tonight and test some water! TFP is making me into a hooligan!
Thanks for all the info so far, and I look forward to finally having something to do with it!