I have thouroughly enjoyed this very informative site and I have learned sooo much in the past couple hours...especially @ Pool School. THANK YOU GUYS! So yesterday in HOT Columbia, SC, I bought a regular 16' x 48" Intex frame pool, (1000gph pump, water capacity will be approx 5100 gallons) and it is almost full. From what I have read/learned on this site, I am leaving the house shortly to go pick up
1) A good test kit!
5) Baking Soda
6) Muriatic Acid
I have just a few questions that I could not find specific answers for....
1) Since I need CYA (careful not to overdo it!) in the pool to help maintain the correct level of chlorine, and it takes approx. a week to get an accurate CYA level, do I just keep adding bleach to keep/get the water at the correct level until the CYA disolves and stabilizes?
2) For my 5100 gallon pool, what would be an approximation of the amounts of the above chemicals I should probably buy for this first month?
3) Is there any specific order that I should add the Chemicals or waiting periods between adding them?
4) Using the Calculator to add the first round appropriate amount of chemicals, how long do I have to wait until I can swim in the pool?
If I have mis-stated anything here I appologize in advance....I am COMPLETELY new to owning a pool, but I am excited about it at the same time. I know I am long winded, but I just want to do this right from the beginning. Thanks in advance!!!