I'm new here so I apologize if this question has come up a thousand times already (please point me where I need to read).
Last summer I bought a 16' Round AG Easy Set pool. Set up was great but I found it extremely difficult to get my levels up where they needed to be. PH was very low always and nothing I did brought it up where it needed to be. I was then worried I was floating in a chemical bath that would surely rot out my teeth!
After last season we took the pool down and stored it because I wanted to clean up the foundation for a flatter surface next year. Well, it's next year and I'm trying to decide if I want to fool with the chemicals again or switch to the SWCG. Are the levels easier to maintain with a SWCG as opposed to the freshwater chlorine/chemical soup?
I don't want to spend hundreds of dollars on maintaining this simple pool but I also don't want my son's new big boy teeth decaying prematurely.
I am also upgrading this season to a 1500 gpm filter/pump rather than the 800 gpm pump that fried last year and didn't seem to keep the pool clean anyways.
What about the foundation itself? Would concrete stepping stones work or should I go with sand? Does the drop cloth go over the sand or under? Thanks so much! I appreciate it greatly.