Hey everyone! I just found the forum today, and am enjoying reading up on all of this great information. A little background on our pool...We purchased a house that was built in 1980 last year. It has a 12x40' lap pool, only 3ft deep the whole way across. It's got a vinyl liner that I *think* I remember hearing that they replaced 6 or 7 years ago (also, the liner appears to have some stains, but that's for another post). I have NEVER, EVER had any experience with a pool, maintenance of it, heck, barely even swimming in one (which is why 3ft is the perfect depth for me!). Anyhow, my dh grew up with a pool and assured me it was no big deal, so as far as I was concerned, it was his job to maintain.
Fast forward a year, and let's just say I don't find his maintanance skills up to par! So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and called a local pool company to start coming out and maintaining it. Yikes! I'm too much of a cheapskate for that, so here I am. Thank goodness I've found you all!
As I said, I am not familiar with the workings of pools at all. So, I've had dh show me how to vacuum it, and I have a general sort of notion of the whole pump idea and that's about it. I just now ordered the TF100 testing kit. Right now for testing all I have is a box of strips that expired in April of last year - who knows how accurate they are, right?
Currently, the pool is clear, but all of my numbers (at least according to expired test strips) are really, really low. As in a FC of barely 1, if that, and a ph of somewhere in the 6 range. Should I add some bleach and borax right now, just to get things up a little, or should I just wait and see what the good test kit says?
Anyone have any experience with how long it takes to get the test kit to the West coast (noticed it ships from the East).
Anyway, thanks a bunch for all of the information, and I'm sure I'll be around pestering for quite some time!