So I bought a house with a pool and a spa and knew nothing about either, but I'm a handy, DIY kinda guy. I was planning on keeping my pool guy around while I was getting the hang of it, but after he told me "he doesn't spend a lot of time chasing PH", I had a feeling it wasn't going to work out. He also only uses test strips.
I've ordered a K-2006 test kit and few other items I've seen recommended here. I look forward to learning and contributing to this forum. Thanks for all the advice so far.