I'm new here - stumbled across the site while searching for honest info - I like what I read so I joined. I had never heard of BBB. I have maintained 3 pools - 2 sand filter and the most recent is D.E. I leased a 10 yr old house with a 55,000 gal pool in Nov. '09. Included in the lease was a weekly pool service provided by the builder and paid for by me. After watching them service for 1 month I decided to save money and grow a brain. I don't think I know more than the pool service but I have more time to spend learning about the pool than I did with my last one in '84. So I paid for pool school and I researched what I thought was thorough info. Long story short - TDS and CYA levels were in the moon and I had to drain it in March '10. My family didn't start swimming in it until early May. The local pool supply store (LPSS) has been advising me since I moved in so why wouldn't I trust them? Heck if it wasn't for them I wouldn't have known about TDS & CYA levels...but after the refill they had me shocking it every 2 weeks so... you already know (what I didn't) that the CYA levels were rising quickly.
Today my numbers look like this-
I bought MPS (12 x 1# bgs for $54) to shock pool before the CC rises - I also use a chlorinator with TriChlor pucks but keep it on the down low (2 tabs on 1.5). I know it adds stabilizer (CYA) - I think that's ok...your thoughts?
Thank you for such an extensive site