first let me say hi..I was directed over to this site/forum by my pool installer to learn about BBB and how to maintain my new pool. talk about impressed already, I can only hope that their work is as good as their advice...I'll be finding out next week when they do the install I guess
I've done tons of reading over the last week..on this site and a few others trying to get a handle on just how not to screw up my pool---and I have to say I've learned probably more than I will ever retain, but it's been enlightening and thank you to everyone here who shares their knowledge and opinions. I have a few questions and would like people opinions. I bought a 27' round agp--ground to be dug this coming saturday and the install taking place next thursday.
I bought the pool and "premium" kit before I found this site and the wealth of info--and I'm beginning to realize I probably don't need everything that came with it--the great part is my pool store said I can return anything I don't need for store credit, so at least it's not a waste and we can maybe get a few accessories that we will use out of the deal. so--to my questions...
1)I figured to have them dig out 30' round...to accomodate space for the uprights and a clear area of about 12" around for rocks/landscaping to surround the pool--does that sound about right in terms of space?
2)they gave me an in-line clorinator and two large jugs of slow poke pucks...from reading on here about CYA I'm wondering if maybe I should just return this and start with BBB from day one?
3)pool light--they included a nitelighter (50w) BUT I won't have the electrical in place this season to use it and around here we have big problems with mosquitos anyway--so do you guys who have them find that these attract a huge amount of bugs? swimming at night sounds like fun to all of us, but being eaten alive is not a good trade off
4)I bought a solar cover, but logistically a reel isn't an option due to the size of the pool and the fact that once we swung it out off the pool it would pose a decapitation hazard for poor oblivious kids running around...so I found something called a cover saddle online ( http://www.backyardcitypools.com/pool-c ... Saddle.htm ) anyone have one of these? do they work in real life or is this one of those things that sounds good in theory but is more of a pia than appears?
5)still trying to decide about a cover for winter...I didn't know you had to pump off your pool cover til I did some reading on here. I always thought you covered to pool and basically left it alone til spring guess that's not the case...so, I'm trying to decide between a winter cover and a mesh one. I'm in massachusetts--a crapshoot in winter..a few years ago we got over 12' of snow...this last year I think we got about 3' total. where the pool is going isn't totally unaccessible to get to in order to throw a pump on the cover once in awhile...but it would be a pain. I've heard some neighbors complain about taking their winter cover off and having it dump all that crud in their pools in the spring too. just how bad is clean up and repair if we went with a mesh cover--and also, I've seen mesh covers, leaf covers ect. for sale..what's the difference? which one do you want to buy to use in place of a winter cover, if we go that route? I'm thinking we won't be opening the pool next year til may/june--we just don't get really warm enough to swim until that late...it stays hotter later..so I'm hoping to not have to close it til late september. not a long season being open--but a very long season being closed--so I'm trying to figure out what would work best.
I know I have a million other questions, but I'm trying to read through other posts and see if I can find answers before asking repeat questions--I'll restrain myself from asking anymore now--I think this is enough to hit you guys with for now--thanks and wish us luck!! we are counting the hours until this pool is in and ready for swimming!!