As a chemist (physical organic chemistry, undergrad teaching professor), and a new pool owner, I can't begin to describe how beneficial this forum is as a resource for getting the pool chemistry right. I only wish I had found it earlier! I've now spent more time correcting my own mistakes than swimming, but now that it is very much close to perfect, I'm so glad to have done it this way.
I'd especially like to thank chem geek, whose original contributions to the field regarding the relationship of free chlorine and cyanuric acid, and constant contributions to this forum give it the scientific validity that I was looking for.
Since the equilibrium constants have been known since the 70s, it astounds me that literally millions of pool owners have been wasting time and money with these incorrect pool store methods, and with poor results to show for it. How are the pool stores and pool chemical supply industry able to ignore something as simple as the idea of cyanuric acid building up over time?? How many pool owners are surprised to find algae even when they have free chlorine after they've been using pucks in the skimmer for years (like the previous owner of my pool)?
Anyway, now that I have something to show for my efforts, I hope to start answering questions and helping others out too. Nice to meet you all!