I've been mostly a reader of this forum and the original one (Ben's pool forum) for quite awhile now and have gained a wealth of information. I'm so grateful that I've decided to try and participate more (my time is limited because I'm giving caregiving my 96 year old dad) in order to try to help and encourage others the way I was when I needed the help.
I've always had a passion for swimming pools and water ever since I was a kid, and more lately (11 years ago) started with a 15 x 42 pool with just a wall and no upright supports, then 9 years ago had a 24 x 52 AG pool, and 5 years ago we had an IG put in. I also have a 500 gallon Hot Springs Vista hot tub which is almost 6 years old, and before that had a Thermo Spas tub for 4 years.
I'll be trouble free of water issues, then have a bought of "something," be trouble free for awhile, then something again - and because this cycle keeps repeating itself I decided to start from scratch and really study Pool School now. People tell me over and over that they've never seen a more clearer, sparkling clean pool than mine, yet two weeks ago I got stuck with pink algae! So, I'm here to work on what I missed in pool school.
I also love to encourage friends and neighbors to have a pool and really support the pool industry, and pass on the word to them things such as what Alkalinity Plus really is, etc. and to tell them about this forum. I'm so grateful to save money on pool chemicals especially now because I got laid off last year. Also, I love to listen to all the happy sounds coming from my neighbor's pools when the children are swimming!