I'm a software engineer in Silicon Valley, and share a house in San Jose with a couple of good friends. In January, we bought a house with a pool. At the time, we decided not to learn the pool maintenance ourselves, and hired a pool guy. The last thing we needed was to find the pool green and have the city on our case about it while we were trying to get moved.
Fast forward to now... The pool's been green a couple of times, and we've had the pool guy and also a big pile of expensive chemicals from the local pool store help us cope with that. I'm having to do more and more to take care of it, and am thinking it's time to take it in hand ourselves.
The Google leads me here, and I'm reading like mad. I like the sound of the plan, and will probably be asking some specific questions in other forums.
Many thanks in advance for all the collected knowledge here, as I'm sure it will be extremely valuable!
18,000 gallon in-ground gunite pool, built circa 1965
single speed pump and booster (old, probably mid-1990's), driving
System 3 cartridge filter, old Polaris crawler, and rooftop solar.