Hi all, I've been a certified pool and spa operator for over 3 years now. No worries, I'm not looking for more work, I'm full up, so I'm not selling anything!
Mainly joined because I keep finding this forum in searches I've done for whatever problem I'm facing in the pool industry that day. I learned a long time ago that if I want know how to do something right, use the internet and find like-minded folk working on the same problem. Most answers come easily to me this way, in all walks of life.
I prefer the mechanical side of pools and spas. I can swap out a pump seal in about 20 minutes, depending on the make and model of the pump. Motor swaps, also, are cakewalks. I'm currently honing my RayPak gas-fired heater troubleshooting skills, and I don't even mind busting down a filter and spraying down/replacing grids, cartridges, manifolds, etc...
Pool chemistry came fairly easy to me, as did fluid dynamics. I won't call them my strong suits, but I know how to balance a pool or spa, and I can setup a pool's jets to optimize skimmers, provided there's sufficient flow.
Anyhow, I'm forum babbling. I basically signed up so I can more easily do searches here, and even possibly throw in my $.02 on a problem someone might have. Thanks for having me!