Hello everybody, i am glad i found this forum :-D
Anyway, i am a new pool owner, i have never taken care of a pool and i was wondering what are the most important things i should get.
I already have a pole, brush, and a floter.
What else do i need?
You need a good test kit, like the TF-100 or the Taylor K-2006, the lack of knowing what is going on in the pool is the biggest problem new pool owners face, that and blindly trusting the local pool store as they buy all sorts of chemicals they don't really need.
Nope. Not hard at all. Once you get the hang of it it is literally a few minutes a day. The fact that you found TFP before you get steered down the wrong path by the pool store puts you miles ahead of the average pool owner.
The biggest problem we see here is people blindly following the pool store advice and never really learning what is going on. Those pucks you were going to use, while simple to use, have side effects that the pool store will never tell you about. When that side effect starts to cause problems like algae and cloudy water that same pool store will sell you hundreds of dollars worth of cures that will never get to the root cause.
If you follow the TFP principles, use the Recommended Pool Chemicals, do proper testing, and don't add unnecessary or unknown chemicals to your pool you won't have any problems.
It is not hard if you stay on top of it, the biggest problem people have is caused by them ignoring their pools. Note it is very possible to put a lot of work into a pool while ignoring it at the same time, much like any other type of relationship. It is quiet possible to maintain a pool with 5-10 minutes worth of time every other day, and 15-20 minutes once per week if the pool is set up right with an automatic vacuum, (kreepy krawler, etc).. The problems happen when you ignore it for a week or two because you were too busy, maybe you blindly added chlorine without testing in that time, maybe you did not.
So funny...got the pole brush and floater.
Yeah, go to class (pool school) and get the test kit. You will be glad you did and your non TFP friends will be wondering what it is that you are doing so right. I talk about TFP all the time to other pool owners and they just don't seem to take the time to jump in, my brother being one of them.
Keep it clean (automatic cleaners help a lot here, which one is best somewhat depends on the pool and what gets into it, ie some are better with leaves than others). These automatic cleaners can range from Chinese copies of the basic suction side Kreepy-Krawly that sell on ebay for under $100 to multi thousand dollar robots)
Keeping the water balanced (pH, Free/Combined Chlorine, Stabilizer, Calcium Hardness, Total Alkalinity, etc.), once you get it in balance it is fairly easy to keep it there (after time you will learn how your pool levels tend to drift, based on local water types, pool construction, etc) To do this testing is important and can be done at home with a simple drop based test kit (If you can pass high school chemistry this is no problem, mostly it involves putting in a few drops or reagent A into a test vial with pool water, followed by counting the number of drops of reagent B until you get a color change). You don't have to test for all of these all the time, it is often good enough to test Chlorine and pH 2 or 3 times per week once you get the hang of it, and the rest every 2-3 weeks, this is why the most basic $7 "Wal-Mart" test kit only test for total chlorine and pH
p.s. don't use test strips they are easy to use, but the results are so inconclusive as to be useless.