Living in Austin, Tx. Wife, kids, dogs, and a 14k gal plaster in-ground pool.
Owned a pool 20 years ago (only for about 2 years), and took care of my father-in-law's pool about 5 years ago. I tried to learn as much about the chemistry as I could, but both pools caused me a great deal of headaches.
Once TFP had finally taught me the relationship between CYA and the effectiveness of free chlorine, a lot of stuff from the past started making sense. Can't say enough positive about this forum and the generosity and intelligence people who share their knowledge/experience on the forum.
The pool I currently own is the nicest I've had to maintain: electronic control center (w/ freeze protection), ozone generator. But that darn chlorinator (and specifically the pucks that go into it) is starting to annoy me. I'm very close to getting a Liquidator.
The other thing about this pool is that it's about 10 years old. Little electronic/mechanical things are misbehaving, so I'm going to need to do some work on the system. I know I could call a company and get them to do the work for none of the trouble and 4x to 10x the cost, but there is a cheap DIYer inside me.
I'll be posting my specific questions in the appropriate threads in the coming days and weeks. I look forward to communicating with everyone.