So this is my first post. I am a 39 year old widow with a young son. We are originally from MI but moved to TX after everything happened for the major change (and no memories) it would bring.
I never thought I would own, much less build, a pool. And then I did. We would visit my cousin (lives across the major thoroughfare) and watching the fun that was had in their pool, and not wanting to always use theirs in the 221 degree (okay, I exaggerate a bit sometimes, but only to get a point across) temps here in southern TX, we thought about and then did it. We put in a 15x33 inground, gunite, free design (salt water) with a waterfall and sunbathing bench. And boy it's been fun.
I did the pool school, taking copious notes. How proud can one person be when they make it through the whole summer with smack dab in the middle readings? (yes, I know, it's a salt water pool) With the exception of not realizing those first weeks that they were waiting to put the salt in and we were swimming in fresh water. I also met a great mom and pop pool store owner who helped (and helps) with issues that I have as a new pool owner. I was very frightened, you see, after watching my aunt and uncle struggle with theirs when I was a child in the 70's. It has been easier than I thought (with a few little bumps like not knowing how to backwash my filter and being afraid I'd blow the whole thing up-it's a Jandy never lube and I was afraid to turn it the other way)...because I took them at their word when they said "stay ahead of your water".
The only downside is realizing that in March 75 degrees was too freezing to jump in the pool, when it is perfectly okay to do so in MI.
I have been reading here, and just decided to log in so that I could see everyone's pictures and also tell you what a great job you do in helping those of us out who are completely new to this.
I look forward to getting to know you all,