At the opening of my pool this year we had a green swamp. So did what I have always done and started "shocking" my pool, adding algicide and sweeping trying to get my pool clean. I took my water to the local pool place and they sold me a $20 jug of phosphate remover. This is when i decided to search the internet for a better way, and stumbled across this fine website.
I have now been a member for just about a month and am I so grateful for this site. My pool has never been cleaner, water is crystal clear, and requires so much less maintenance. I absolutely love it. It was hard getting my wife and daughter on board that adding bleach to the pool is not a bad thing.
I have told a couple co-workers about how I am maintaining my pool and always get funny looks and one even told me that I am going to damage my equipment by using bleach in my pool. The other one says to me "you know Dan I'm a firm believer in the saying you get what you pay for" I guess he just likes handing his money over to the big pool store. I haven't been back to the pool store since May 24th and probably will not go back except for pool parts and what not.
I just want to say thanks for all that helped me when I first got started. It is much much appreciated.