I have been taking care of my own pool since it was installed in Oct. 2006. I don't know if I am doing it right, but it stays pretty clean with the occasional algea that gets brushed off every week during summer. I have chlorine tabs (2") I get from Leslie's, and I add about 4 cups of muriatic acid every week. I hardly ever test. This is why I joined this forum. To learn how to properly test, and maintain the correct levels to make maintaining my pool easier and more efficient. I just moved from a 2HP single speed pump to a Sta-Rite variable speed and am looking to utilize it to save on energy costs.
Looks like I have a l lot to learn.