I would go ahead and get your test kit. Look in my siggy for the TF-100 as I believe it is the best bang for the buck as it has more of the regents we use most often.1. Should I start getting the test kit already? TF-100?
VERY good question!!! You will need to buy replacement regents about once a year. TF-100 has sells about twice a year so you should be good until next year!2. Is this kit something I buy once, or do I need to buy every so often? (Can you tell I'm a rookie at pools, never owned one so bear with me)
Have I got a link for you!! Test Kits Compared The site and test kit company are two separate companies BUT they are owned by the same person. It is a family business.3. I know TF-100 is sponsored by this forum (or vice-versa), but out of curiosity what is the main difference between this kit and all the others in the market today?
Here is your shopping list:4. Recommended chemicals I should start getting?
another link for you: Basic Pool Care Schedule - Trouble Free Pool I will tell you the first couple of times you do the test will take a you a little while. You will have to go slow as you read the directions, start to do it but need to read again to make sure you know what to do then .................well it will get better as you get comfortable with the tests.5. And lastly, I plan to do the maintenance myself, however, how time-consuming is it? I'm all about saving money, any day of the week. In my area, a cleaning company charges $85/m to come out once a week. What am I looking to spend if I do it myself?
Are you using a saltwater system? If so, I can't imagine spending more than $10-$20 a month on average on chemicals. At first it'll obviously be much more.
Hey Kim, so from your list I'm getting that as far as chemicals I need:-muriatic acid-outside by the pool stuff. comes 2 to a box. Make sure it is the 31% stuff.
These are the same thing. Some times it is called "balancer". It comes in a powder form. Do NOT follow the directions on the bottle. You should put it in some socks (yeah like you wear) and hang it off a broom handle over the side of the pool right in front of a return or two. You can squeeze it to help it dissolve faster.
- Chlorine Stabilizer