My husband and I have a pool that has been neglected for three years and we've decided to open it this summer. I've never done any of this before so everything I know has come from reading Pool School over the last couple of days. I'd really like to save some money and not have a company service the pool so all the information on this site has been invaluable.
Here's what we're working with:
As you can see, it's a mess. The cover is torn and falling in, the water is filthy, and there's 3 seasons worth of leaves in there. I spent 2 hours today scooping leaves out and I'm not sure they're half gone yet. I plan to fish out as many of the leaves as possible, pull off the cover, check that the filter is working (have no idea what kind I have) and start the shocking process using the sticky from the Algae sub-forum as a guide. I have the TF-100 XL on the way and I expect to get it on Saturday or Monday.
I will be updating this thread with pictures of my progress until I have sparkling clear water.
If anyone has any advice or suggestions at this point I'd love to hear them. Thanks for reading.