I was at the pool store this morning as I had some time to kill.
I am considering adding a SWG. In addition I may switch from a gas heater to a heat pump along with some changes to my filtration system (a whole another story).
There are only two full service (inground, above ground, maintenance, service and retail chemical sales) and the other is a regional chain. They are a family owned business for over 30 years (or more). They build beautiful pools and there service is first rate.
But, they are a Bio***** dealer and really push the chemicals.
I started asking about pricing for the AutoPilot that they have on display. The store manager starts telling me so amazing things:
1. He tells me that the by converting to a salt water pool that my ingound light fixture and stainless steel steps will corrode and need replaced.
2. He tells me that I will need to use "other" biogard products with "chelating" agents to control the minerals
3. He tells me that I cannot just throw regular salt in the pool that I need "special pool salt" because the iodine in the regular salt with stain my liner
He then asked what I doing now (I tell him, bleach). Then he says that I have been adding a whole bunch of phospahtes into the pool and I should not be using bleach.
He then moves back to selling Bio***** products and how I could get by with only 1 stick a week and 1 bag of LiClO and this is as cheap as using liquid chlorine (with out all of the dangerous fillers)
Then he procedes to tell me that they also sell (I never knew this) 12% NaClO in the back, but you have to ask for it. It turns out, their price is better than I was getting at the Sam's Club with Chlorx.
Now, this is from a good person, who makes a full time living (wife, kids) working in a store and is otherwise very helpful and consumer friendly.
So I left, unconvinced to get a SWG (not because of his non-sense) but re-affirmed in the simplicity of BBB.
Any other good "pool stored" stories?