It has been three weeks since I started using a TF100 test kit and 4 weeks since I started reading this forum. I would have never thought in such a short time I would go from absolutely despising the pool to actually enjoying it some.
Our weekly upkeep costs have plummeted dramatically. The only chemicals we are using at this time are household bleach and muriatic acid. The water is the clearest it has ever been in the 12 years of ownership and the work is the least. In the past three weeks all I have had to do is run the cleaner every 10 days and keep a check on the chlorine and ph.
I am spending less than 5 minutes a day average on pool care and the water is super clear and feels great. No water bugs, not algae, no cloudiness, even the leaves and grass seem to be staying away. AND NO MORE TRIPS to the local pool store.
We are absolutely amazed at the difference.
Now I know I still have quite a bit more to learn but understanding what the water is doing and its needs is amazing. I feel in control as compared to being in the dark blindly following the pool store sales people.
Thanks to all those that have spent money, time and energy sharing your knowledge here. It has been of great help to this pool owner and his family.
This has been such a dramatic change that I even told the wife that if it continued to be this easy I would consider an inground gunnite pool in a couple years....I had to pick her up off the floor.