First off, thank you for all your advice. I have learned so much. I have a Chem background so all this makes sense to me and I so understand it. However, my hubster thinks that the pool store is god. He left the pool stuff to me after he got frustrated and his workload increased. I found and read your site and was in the midst of shocking our pool at the levels you were talking about and all I needed was to get my PH back up. We were on the way to a glorious blue pool.
He freaked out and ran off to the pool store which gave him the whole speal that the bleach is evil and raises phosphates in the pool and we needed to keep using stuff that of course all has stabilizer in it . I was dealing already with a high CYA for having SWG and not wanting it to go higher then that. I was happily shocking it at a 15... which of course the pool store some reason FREAKED out that the chlorine levels were to high.
They gave him some stuff for the filter and he HAD to buy the expensive PH UP stuff because he believed them all song and dance. Doing it the "homemade" way will add more phosphates to our "dangerously high" levels and that is what was causing the issue or so told the pool store.
Baloney, it was our low PH, High CYA, and not shocked enough at a high level for our CYA numbers to kill all the alague. He now thinks the pool store saved the day and I know it was going to turn blue (it was already turning) by the shock treatment I did.
HELP! How do I keep him away?