(I apologize in advance for the long winded introduction)
Just taking a moment to introduce myself, as I have to admit that I've been lurking around here since last summer. My family and I acquired a pool when we moved into a new house back in June, and since then, I've been soaking up your plentiful knowledge and actually used the BBB method at the tail end of last season upon discovering it.
Like many others, being a first time pool owner, I was a bit intimidated and even questioned the home seller before closing on the house. She was great about making it seem like a piece of cake, told me that she was actually the one who took care of it, and offered to remove it from the property if it was going to affect the sale; so glad I didn't, as I have 3 kiddos that begged to be in it everyday last season. She left me detailed instructions on maintaining it, info about the different equipment, and the name of the pool store she used to purchase her chemicals and opening/closing kits from...but thankfully I found this site early on and know better than that.
Despite having proven myself as a decent novice handyman, my wife was a bit concerned when I told her that I was going to be dumping her laundry bleach into our pool. However, I think she has came around as she has never once complained about our crystal clear water.
So thanks for all of your success, failures, and other experiences that have led to a wealth of wisdom and knowledge. I especially enjoy watching all of the pool builds. I will unfortunately have to wait a bit longer to open our pool since the Minnesota winter has left a sheet of ice on the pool that still continues to slowly melt...almost there! A little eager (we'll call it being prepared), I just received my TF-100 test kit in the mail yesterday and can't wait to clean and SLAM it for the season opener.