I decided to delurk today and say "hi" and "Thank you"! I'm Tonie and I live in a tiny little town in NC. This is our second year with our pool, and I must say, it has been so easy compared to last year! We bought a sand filter and an Intex SWG. Thanks to that and the advice here, my pool is crystal clear! We do have the odd pool though, it was made by General Foam Corp and has a skimmer on the side. It made for some interesting plumbing to get the pump hooked up to it.
I bought a good test kit, although I am waiting to add the FAS-DPD test kit to it. I didn't take my notes with me when I went to the local pool store and wound up with a k-2005 instead of the k-2006. The owner was a bit shocked that I would spend that much on a test kit for my little pool. Come to think of it, so was the pool store near my husband's job (I stopped by to see if they carried the reagents). I was told by both are for commercial use and that I could use the strips just as well. I do believe in buying locally when I can, so I will go back to them for reagents, besides, they do have some great pool toys!
So for what I would have paid for a membership at the local pool, my pool is sparkling clean and we can swim whenever we want. You guys gave us the information I needed to keep it safe and algae-free. Thanks so much!