Good morning guys (and ladies). I'm Dustin from middle TN. I'm going into my second season of pool ownership. Last summer, we had a 24 x 52 above ground pool installed. It has a Pentair Sand Dollar SD-40 filter, not sure of the pump hp, (I'll get it all added in my sig shortly). The installer sold us on the Power Ionizer, and while we were excited with the little maintenance involved, had begun to get worrisome as the summer went by. All I had to "test" the water were copper/ph test strips. I have two girls, and several young nieces/nephews who use this pool, and the more I read about the slow process of sanitation with copper only, the less confident I was in the ionizer use.
I'm a first time poster, but have read several threads pertaining to the BBB method, and I'm ready to give it a try. I removed my power ionizer, and my pool was so far gone (cloudy, nasty mess) that I drained the water and have started fresh with 12,000 gallons of crystal clear city water. I have glanced through the ABC's of pool chemistry (although a bit intimidating), and I'm ordering a "real" test kit as we speak.
I appreciate any info/advice you could give (and have already given) along the way!