I won't! I've read on here enough that that's asking for nasty buildup inside the stairs.
We don't have any kind of ledge, but I already have an idea of how we can pretty easily secure weights under the steps if we need to. We'll see how it all sets once everything is built. Since we don't have a deck, it has a "bridge" to connect to the outside steps, so the whole thing may be sturdy enough without weights.
Yeah, our pool guy had said it would be fine.We dump salt in our pool just because. It does seem to feel a little better. So it won't be a problem. Although my son says he can taste the salt when he swims. (I can't)
the pads have two potential problems, first they don't stay in place very well and then if they do they can be a place for potential hidden algae problems. not a big deal, just remember to clean under them occasionally.Yeah, I'm a little paranoid. Aiming for super longevity, and a pad isn't a huge expense, so figured why not.
It gets easier. I promise. I do all the pool stuff, unless it's equipment ie. pump failure, that I can't figure out.Yeah, our pool guy had said it would be fine. I just got mad because I got super frustrated with the test kit and tensely told my husband I needed him to help with testing and chemicals and stuff (since I've done literally everything for this pool so far myself even though he agreed to maintain it because I didn't WANT a pool because of the maintenance...), so instead of doing anything that actually NEEDED to be done, he added the salt, which could have waited until next week. I know he was only trying to help...*deep breath*
Anyway...I'd previously read online that we would need to add about 8 gallons of chlorine since we started from 0. I don't know where I read that, but we've only added 3, and now our chlorine test result is darker than the darkest yellow on the test But our CYA is still low after 7 pounds, so between that and the tropical storm heading our way, hopefully the FC will come down.
Yah, 8 gallons is a lot. Even though the chlorine looks high, it will come down as it's used up. It takes a day or so for the CYA to register correctly, so assume 60 ppm for your FC levels since you will be using a SWG.Anyway...I'd previously read online that we would need to add about 8 gallons of chlorine since we started from 0. I don't know where I read that, but we've only added 3, and now our chlorine test result is darker than the darkest yellow on the test But our CYA is still low after 7 pounds, so between that and the tropical storm heading our way, hopefully the FC will come down.
Check your skimmer for threads at the pipe opening. If you have them, buy a winterizing ‘gizmo’ that us northern folks use to seal off the pipe. Usually this is the kinda thing I recommend getting from the pool store because they are so cheap, a $3 markup doesn’t matter if you can get the right one today, but they probably don’t have them by you so check Amazon etc. There are only a few sizes so it’s easy enough to get the right one if you measure what you have.so I just read to get a tennis ball or something to block the skimmer before opening the pump.