Hello everyone. I have been a pool-owner (inherited when I bought the house) for 8 years now. I basically had to teach myself everything and used the advice of friends and neighbors. The advice ranged from "You need to test everything and do what the pool store tells you" to "Throw loads of bleach and chlorine in it and just keep an eye on the ph and chlorine, nothing else matters." Needless to say, most of the "helpful" advice was anything but. As my sig states, the pool is in direct sunlight almost all day and algae has been a never-ending "time vampire" for 8 years. Last year was brutal and I actually got to the point of shutting it down a couple weeks earlier than usual because I was physically, emotionally, and financially defeated by the thing at that point. I just stumbled across this site today and am going to try slamming it this weekend and going with the TPFC method. I will be stopping tonight for some supplies and plan to get going Friday morning. I will keep you posted in the appropriate sections of the forum. Wish me luck and thanks in advance for the help I will likely need!