I just joined this board this week, after we bought our new house which has a pool (it's right next door, go figure...) Anyway, the person I bought it from did not use it, and had a pool service company. They maintained it well (well, as far as I can tell, as the water was clear). I decided to keep him on for a month (at $180/month) just for the transition. Basically paying for him to explain to me what he does to the pool.
It seems he shocks it weekly, with calcium hypo chloride, and refills the floater with 2-3 pucks. Not knowing anything over last few weeks, I went to Leslies and bought some pucks and a bucket of Powder Plus (calcium hypo chloride) Over the last week, we have had a hail storm, and a flash flood, which brought in tons of dirt, leaves, and runoff into my pool (from San Antonio, TX) Got it cleaned up, but still cloudy. We have been shocking it every couple days with the Powder Plus, and it seems to be clearing it up.
So I have no intention of keeping the pool guy, and I have been trying to figure out the best way to maintain my pool. And I found this site! I have read other sites, like SwimUnivesity.com, and other forums, but this one has made me addicted to knowing the ins and outs of my pool. I have read pool school, and plan on starting the TFP way, with liquid chlorine. So I went to Home Depot to see what they have, and they had the HDX germicidal bleach there for $2.99/jug. I picked up 5 jugs to get things started. And I know you can use baking soda, and borax for ph UP and Down, but they had the HTH brand of phUP and Down for like $8 for 7 pounds. I am sure that is more than I would pay for the generic, but I was already there, and I thought I should have it on hand. So now I have all these chemicals. Right now not too hot in San Antonio, but in summer its hot. I was thinking of leaving the stuff in the shed, but it can be like 120+ in there in the summer. Do I need to leave this stuff indoors? Garage can get to like 80-90, would that be OK? I got three young boys, don't want them near this stuff.
As far as current levels, I bought some test strips that checks FC, ph ad alk. I guess I need to buy a better testing kit, so I can get some base numbers and get started. I guess at this point, my only concern with this TFP process is when we go on vacation. I have read I can throw the floater out there with some pucks during that time, and maybe pre-shock it. Any other advice?
thanks, and looking forward to getting of my pool guy!