Here's a real newbie question - well, actually a few. I've tried to search the forum for these answers, but I think they are either to basic to find or I'm just not searching properly.
1. How should I add chemicals to my pool? Specifically, when I add Borax or baking soda, should I make a point of walking around the deep end, sprinkling as best I can? Or should I dump it in the skimmer? Or should I just dump it in front of a return? (And by "dump" I really mean sprinkle slowly.) Finally, should I worry about any lumps that make it to the bottom of the pool? I've been brushing them away when I notice, but I don't know if it's really a concern.
2. I'm using BBB, but also using up a container of the 3" tablets that I bought at Costco at the beginning of this summer before I got religious about BBB (there's still quite a lot left, btw). Once they're gone, should I just use Clorox regularly? How much per day? How do I calculate that (see my stats below)? Do I need to add bleach every day? Or would a couple times per week be sufficient?
3. I have successfully used "Sparkle Conquest" to get rid of stains on my vinyl liner and "Improve" water clarifier when it's gotten unexpectedly cloudy. Are there any supermarket (i.e., cheaper) products that I could substitute and get the same results?
Thanks in advance for your wisdom (or unsubstantiated opinions - lord knows I have plenty of those myself!),