Just wanted to say thanks and share a story.
First off, my pool water looks, feels, and smells (low odor) AMAZING!! My pool water never sparkled so well. My wife even commented last night on how "shiny" the water looked. I just chuckled and said, "Thanks to the pool boy." (Me). But in the back of my mind I thought of this site and the pool calculator, and how it easily made me a chemistry "expert". I quote "expert" because I'm not the expert. I'm the just using the info. and tools provided to me to best sanitize my pool. And with that I will say thanks and I will become a Lifetime Supporter of TFP to help give back.
And secondly I have a quick tale to to tell. While describing my method of sanitization (The BBB Method) of my pool, a coworker with a small (15,000g) in-ground pool with heater and I had a conversation that went like this:
My coworker: "Now I'm all for generic medications and stuff, but I have thousands of dollars invested back there that I have to think about (regarding using household chemicals as sanitizers)."
So I questioned: "Hey ... how often do you test?". The reply, "Test? ****, I bring my water down to the pool store maybe once a month."
I walked away scratching my head thinking, "Really? He's worried about thousands of dollars in equipment but he doesn't know anything about the water in his pool? on at least a weekly basis?".
Let's just say that for him, unfortunately, there will be a day when an algae bloom comes along, or a serious bacteria problem, or increased scaling in his water heater leading to a shorter life. I was also miffed that he didn't mention the health of his family as a worry. A second coworker with a 24ft. above ground also said he takes his water down maybe twice a season, or if it looks cloudy!! Some people just don't care. I feel good that anyone swimming in my pool won't be swimming in a toxic mess and, we won't be visiting these coworkers this summer!
Thanks Again!! Have a great weekend everybody!