I've been a member for a little but recently found my way back, and happened upon the BBB method.
I've got a SWG supplemented with an automatic feeder, and I'm interested in switching over with what chemicals I do need (as my SWG is not reliable). Namely, using bleach to shock it instead, although my pool store's shock prices seem to be almost identical to the prices I see for bleach (and they run a 20% off sale every March or April).
Anyway, I was looking at the test kits recommended, but I have a few questions.
1. Testing two to three times per week, how long can I expect the supplies to last?
2. My local pool store (actually, there are three or four within one mile of my house) has pretty accurate tests - it's very close to my house (walking distance, if I really wanted to). Assuming they use the same Taylor Chemistry tests that I would purchase, why couldn't I just take a quick trip there during the summer once or twice a week?