I just wanted to thank everyone on this site for all the help and knowledge you have supplied me with. This is the second season maintaining my pool and it couldn't be any easier then following the simple directions layed out in the "POOL SCHOOL". For all the newbies reading this, I was in your shoes last year.
My wife and I were lost without this site and have learned that pool companies are just like car dealerships, they insist you need all the extra goodies and once they take your money, they could care less about you !!!
Since last year, I have purchased the K-2006 (FAS-DPD) test kit to start the season, a box of baking soda, and a box of borax for fine tuning. I also use about 3 (96oz) jugs of Walmart brand bleach per week. Between the kit, baking soda, and borax I've spent around $80 and the bleach cost me $4 per week. I don't think $16 per month is expensive to maintain your pool.
I would like to hear your comments on my pool water.