How to get started maintaining a clean pool

keshiab2106

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I just moved into a house with a pool. They haven’t drained the water in 12 years so I had it drained and acid wash. I now have fresh water and I want to save some money and try to clean the pool myself.

What brush should I get for a plaster pool?

Is there anything else I need besides things related to chemicals?
 

mknauss

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Welcome to the forum!
First thing is a good test kit. See Test Kits Compared. I suggest the TF-100 Test Kit ™
A nylon brush is great. I have a The Wall Whale Brush 18 " Nylon and https://tftestkits.net/Supreme-large-mouth-leaf-rake-14-inches-p99.html; they both work great.
I also have a robot. It is an investment (~$700) but it will keep your pool very clean. Check out the Pool Cleaners forum.
I suggest you read ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry and consider reviewing the entire Pool School eBook.
 

duraleigh

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Welcome to the forum:wave:

First and foremost, you need to get some chlorine in the pool. Do you have a plan for doing that?

Please read "The "ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry" up in Pool School

Yes, you will need a skimmer net but not nearly as badly as you need chlorine.
 
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That chlorine will quickly be consumed. Tell us the size of your pool and we'll tell you how much more chlorine you need.
 

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A pool with those measurements would be about 20,000. If those dimesions are correct, you need to dose 1 large jug of bleach each day until your kit gets in.

Then, run the tests and post the results.. The TF-100 has everything you need for a complete water test.