I said I was going todo it, and I did. Did what? You'reprobably wondering. I returned All the Undesirables I had here at my house, and came back homewith a much fuller wallet.
If you're wondering what Undesirables are. They are all those bags of Powdered Shocks,Algaecides, Clarifiers, pH up, pH down, pH Stable, Pucks, and all those other unnecessary pool adjustment products that tend to cause build up, and put funky stuff into your pool over time.
I, however, will admit, I too used all those undesirable products for years, yet had No Clue what they actually did over time, until I came to TFP.
As I mentioned in an earlier post, having never been taught about pool products, I can honestly say I thought Shock, was Shock, was Shock, and all those different colored packages on the shelf were merely different brands of the exact same thing. So when my pool needed shocked, I'd go buy a bag of shock, or bags and bags of shock- (any bag of shock, usually the cheapest), just throw it in, along with some algaecide, clarifier or whatever I Thought might help, and that was it.
LOL well, actually I found once I arrived here at TFP, as well as, doing research on my own on the info I was given here from all the helpful members, that was in fact Not It. My way of thinking because of my lack of knowledge on the pool products I was adding, was completely off base, and the way I Thought things were, were not even close to being accurate.
But there is also more, a lot more, that goes on under the water from the products I've added that I also was not even aware of. Wow, how far off base I was there too. So far I'd learned that all Shock is NOT created equal, and powdered shock is not even good for your pool to start with because it adds all kinds of undesirable stuff in your pool/equipment over time causing you to have to spend more time, and a lot more money attempting to clean up the mess that powdered shock, as well as, all those other unnecessary pool adjustment products have left behind.
It's certainly a lot easier, and a lot smarter pool care, when you know exactly what chemicals the products you're putting in your pool, are really going to be putting into your pool over time. Who would have thought that just a little knowledge could go so far.
Since switching to TFP's proven BBB method, and being taught the ins, the outs, the ups, the downs, the dos, and the don'ts by so many knowledgeable people here, my life, and my pool, will never be the same again.
Here is a list of All the products I returned that contained undesirables in them:
3 Cases Trichlor, 3 packs of Dichlor, 4 Gallons of Algaecide, 3 bottles of Clarifier, 1 container of pH UP, 1 container of pH Down, 1 container of pH Stable, and 1 container of Stabilizer. For a whopping return price of just below $160.00, crazy huh? Not only were these products going to cause me issues either now or in the future, they were also taking up tons of space in my garage, and a lot of money out of my bank account.
I was able to take the money I received back from all my undesirable returns, and go and purchase 12 cases of 10% Liquid Shock, a gallon of Muriatic Acid, 2 boxes of Borax, 2 large bags of baking soda, a 25 lb bag of DE- to help aid my sand filter along, and still had quit a bit of money left over.
All I can say is, "The truth shall set you free." If you know the truth about the products you're putting in your pool, and learn what you need to be putting in there instead, you will be so much better off for it. You will be free from having to rely on pool stores etc. giving you inaccurate information, costing you time, money, and usually your sanity in the process.
The BBB Method IMHO is the ONLY way to go. It has taken my swamp of a pool to a beautiful new level already. I have achieved 2 of the 3 criteria during my Slam to meet the requirements for OCLT already. I am just merely waiting for the clouds to clear, but when they do, there is no doubt my pool is going to be beautiful, and crystal clear, and best of all be able to remain that way because of the knowledge I've received here on TFP. (Because the pool is looking so pretty already, I am picturing the clouds separating and the sun shining through the clouds, with a chorus singing "Hallelujah" in the background lol).
Just remember, your pool did Not get that way overnight, and it will not clear up overnight either, so be patient with the process because it does work, and it has been proven time and time again. Switching to the BBB method, and having the TFP site members to teach you how to properly do it, and being there to answers your questions along the way, is a decision you will never regret.
I'd like to say thank you to all the TFP members who have helped, taught, and encouraged me along the way. The TFP site is awesome, and I am so lucky to have stumbled across it in my search for answers, and I'm so much better off because of it.
Also I'd like to say, Goodbye, and Good Riddance to the Undesirables because they will never be missed.
I hope everyone has a Wonderful Day.