First I will like to thank the people that put together such an excellent forum and also everyone that helps people like myself take these projects in our own hands. I will be returning home to San Antonio TX on a 15 day vacation from Afghanistan, during this time I will take the task of installing an inground vinyl lined - poly wall pool.
Specs: 18' x 36' Depth 3' 1/2" to 8' Appr. 30,000 gal.
Hayward Super Pump 1 1/2hp and Pro Series sand filter 300 lab
Automatic Clorinator, In Line
Intermatic Pool timer
1 skimmer and 2 main drains
This is were I need your assistance, I will have a very tight schedule during my time home and about 95% of my time will be devoted to the construction of the pool; I believe that I will not have time to treat my water and get the chemistry up to specs within that short period of time according to what I have learned from reading the forum and getting an idea of what is involved (possibly a week or more of backwashing the filter etc.)
The initial treatment to get everything correct is something I believe my wife and kids will not be able to do.
Will a professional be able to do all initial treatments to ensure my pool chemistry is correct and do you believe my wife and teenage soon will be able to handle the follow up care once the initial adjustments have been made, or should I pay a pool servicer to handle the service task until I return to the US in March? I have spent most of my time deciding which kit I was going to select and ensuring the subcontractor work, permits etc were lined up and now I feel the time had come and I have little knowledge of the chemical part and maintenance, but I became an expert with the construction aspect. I am planning on using the liquid chemicals as recommended by the forum, but this might vary if I select a pool service person and he uses another method. I am planning on getting the testing kit offered at the forum but not until I am sure my family can handle the maintenance task.
My kit is on it's way and I will begin the project on the 20th of this month. Do you think it will be a good idea for me to start this not having enough time or knowledge to work the chemistry part? My kids will be very upset but I am even considering to re-schedule this project until my return to the US in March.
I will like to thank everyone in advance for the support and look forward to sending pictures of a successful project with your help, thank you and God Bless America!