Well I am new to the site but not new to pools. After paying a guy to care for my pool, his boss took over and screwed it up. I canned the idiot, purchased a Taylor complete test kit, started to learn about pool chemistry.
Being inherently lazy, I purchased a Polaris Watermatic pH and orp controller and integrated it with a Goldline Controls SWCG. To minimize the wear on my Polaris 380, I installed a solenoid valve that energizes with the booster pump. Finally swapping the guts on an Intermatic mechanical timer with a PE153 digital timer, I ended up with what is basically the ugly cousin of the Pool Pilot Total Control Digital for chorine and pH control.
So I empty the skimmer, clean the polaris bag once or twice a week, check chemistry once a month or so, and spend the rest of my time looking at crystal clear water.
I need to get a salt test kit though as for the first time in 7 years I was burned by a failing salt cell that developed a nasty habit of lying about the salt level before finally purchasing an agricultural enterprise. To quote one of the greatest Presidents of the 20th Century, I learned to "Trust but verify".
I hope to learn a whole lot more here and perhaps share some of what I have learned over the years.