I just had a run-in with a pool repair guy. Unfortunately I can't fire him because he's working on behalf of my insurance company. When he told me that he was taking my pool filter offline for a couple of days I asked him if he could run a bypass so I could circulate the water. He told me he didn't want to because it would be a lot of work and I shouldn't have any problems with algae. Then he asked me how my "stabilizer" was, and I told him it was 40 ppm. "That's WAY too low!" he exclaimed. He went on: "This is Southern California. You need at least 80 or 100." When I explained that I don't want it that high, he gets all exasperated and asks why. I explain that I don't want to have to add 7 gallons of bleach just to SLAM my pool. Then he tells me that "chlorine lock is a myth" and that you don't need more chlorine with higher stabilizer levels. "It just protects it from the Sun," he says. At this point he's getting really aggravated that I'm not buying his wisdom and more so when I tell him, "it's not going to happen" when he tells me to throw some pucks in the pool because he's too lazy to do the repair the same day.
I guess that's my rant. Luckily I have a submersible pump I can use to circulate the pool water a little bit. I'm going to put the FC up to about 12 before he starts work tomorrow so it can "coast" for a couple of days.