Thank you sir. I appreciate the information, but no clue yet what all that means. Self educating can be a slow process, especially for me. Reading the suggestions of you guys are a big first step for me though.Does not look that bad. Just pull the cover from one side and let the top water mix with the pool water. The equipment looks in good shape. Make sure you look inside the simmer and the returns to see if they are not plugged. It seams your Pressure gauge is broken you will need a new one. As said before try to scoop most of the large debris out. Make sure you order a proper Test Kits Compared, include the speedstir. Whenever its time to run the pump make sure the filter is in recirculate at first so you can check all the pluming is good, all the valves appear to be open so you are good to test after all mayor debris is out.