After seeing the price of bleach at my Sam's Club and even seeing that Arm & Hammer sells baking soda in large bags, specifically for large usage such as pools, I'm convinced that the BBB method is a much cheaper alternative to all these pool brand chemicals. But I have a few unrelated questions regarding switching over and maintaining the BBB method.
1. Is there any specific way or rule of thumb for switching over from trichlor & dichlor to liquid bleach? Or do I simply keep testing (ordered a TF-100 test kit yesterday!!) and wait for my TC & FC levels to indicate chlorine is needed and start using the liquid bleach?
2. With the BBB method, do you really tend to need to add bleach daily? I travel often for work, and am wondering if I should continue with trichlor pucks during the times I'm away, or is there a better way? I'm not sure I can get anyone else at home to take on the chore of adding bleach and testing daily.
3. The pool startup company has instructed me to add a product called "Les-Iron" to my new plaster pool for the first 6 weeks. It's apparently a chemical to help prevent staining and scaling due to metals in the water (which is ironic since they also told me to install my Nature2 cartridge, which adds metals to the water!!! - I yanked that sucker out yesterday after reading more about it). I've still got 3 more weeks to go for adding this Les-Iron product. Should I see it through, or discontinue its use once I convert to BBB?