I've been relying on the strips for the past month and I finally got my taylor k-2006. I've had zero problems with the water thus far (pump is another story!), I am guessing because the pool is not heavily used and I've been pretty diligent with testing and vacuuming. With the exception of the first few days of opening (4 weeks ago), I've added no chemicals other than chlorine.
If it is relevant the chlorine I use is the pucks from a 40 pound package I got from Costco, though I plan on switching to BBB once I run out.
Everything seems pretty well in line, right? Maybe a bit more chlorine is in order....