I have been lurking here for a while. There is an amazing amount of info to read. Will be ordering a test kit here soon and starting to get ready for our second season with a pool. We moved into our home in May and the previous owners had their pool guy open it for us. We did that the first week of May. I travel a bunch for work and thought it would be easier to have the guy keep taking care of it.
Having the "pool guy" take care of the pool was so much more expensive that I thought. Yikes!!
We had one period here at the end of the summer where it got away from him, got cloudy and it cost me quite a bit to clear it up.
Needless to say I was pretty sour on the whole pool thing by fall. I have a ray of hope now that I have spent some time reading here.
One thing I haven't seen directly is if you leave for a week or so how difficult is it to get the pool back in balance? How whacked out can it get in a week? If my wife wants to take off for the week how big a deal is it?
Going to start stocking up on supplies and will open the pool probably in the first week of May. Looking forward to having a better grip on our own destiny this year.