So, first time pool owner and in the later stages of life- retired. Live in SoCal (my whole life) and just recently moved into our last home we'll ever own. I'll be frank- I wasn't looking for a home with a pool but trying to find a ranch home, turnkey condition and upgraded got us to where I'm @ and with some trepidation, I'm going to take on the pool maintenance myself. Beside the economics of a DIY (I wrench my bike so figured I would tip my toe into the mechanics of this as well) and love the gratification of problem solving when it works out. Additionally, the prior service that the prior owner had was a little suspect upon my initial intro (salt cell over 5 years old and a current reading of 2300 even after a shock/40 lb bag of salt, no prior drainage (the pool is about 15+ years) and I'll leave the rest to my post on the stuck pump basket for feedback. In any case, pretty much a empty nester who loves the outdoors and now have another venue to recreate in.