First off I would like to thank Ben. Way back in 1999 he was there with answers. He is one of my heroes.
I am a big city Arizona guy with a 21,470 in ground white plaster pool. My cartridge filter is a 175 Sq. Ft. Hayward, and my Hayward Super pump is a two stage 1/8 3/4 HP. I clean the pool with a Hayward Pool Vac Ultra, and am one of the few people with a Peregrine Industries Smartemp heat pump heater.
I only add four things to my pool routinely. They are water, chlorine, muriatic acid, and borax. I only use Trichlor and Cal-Hypo to raise my CYA and CA. I keep my CYA between 40 and 50 by deep watering my plants with my pool water and am on a first name basis with my pool store guy due to all the 12.5 % CL I buy in the returnable jugs.
Over the years I have been a good and bad pool owner and have come to the conclusion that the BBB way is not only the healthy way but also the most cost effective way for me. I also find the BBB way to be the simplest way with the most information available.
With that being said, Thank You all for the education you have given me.
I do a few things different than most and I have found them very helpful. During the off season November to April I run my pump at 3/4 HP two hours in the middle of the night and two hours in the afternoon to keep the CL circulating but during the swim season I run the pump in the 1/8 HP mode and never turn it off. Leaving the pump on 24/7 skims the pool constantly, has more daily water flow, reduces low CL stagnant areas due to sun exposure, and costs less than running the pump at 3/4 HP for six hours a day. I also keep a CYA of 40-50 which is lower than most in Arizona. This allows me to take a reading in the late afternoon and if my CL level is approaching three I can add Cl to raise my FC to seven during the night before the sun burn off begins in the morning. Lower CL in the afternoon is better for my plant watering schedule. I may pay more for CL over the season, but I do not have to buy much else and the pool and plants stays healthy.
My worst bad habit is that I add chemicals by the rule of jugs. I let my PH rise to 7.7 then add a jug to lower it to 7.3 maintaining a 7.5 average. This way I do not have to add daily but just every three or four weeks.
Once again thank you all for the vast amount of information, a wonderful gift of the internet and you.