I have come to the conclusion besides me, there are quite a few people that just do not understand how important of a component CYA is to the chemistry of a pool. It has literally frustrated me this season because of my own ignorance.
Anyone who does not understand the role this plays in your pool water should be very concerned. Case in point, I may have inadvertently damaged my brand new liner because I have been running a high FC level of 8 or higher all season long trying to keep the algae at bay in a well chlorinated pool. The only thing I managed to do is possibly bleach my liner below the water line.
Now, my wife swears she doesn't see the difference but I do. All because of the Stinking, Ignorant, sales people that want to push their Chlorination feeders and Tri-chlor pucks! Oh yah, lets not forget about the local guys at the pool stores also ignorant to CYA as well.
The CYA as important of a component of the chemistry as it is necessary to control the chlorine that is consumed in the water. It absolutely needs to be between what is recommend on several places on this site which is 30-50ppm. There is no other discussion about it. Any higher than that, causes you to add too much chlorine. Regardless if you have a liner pool, Gunite, blowup I don't care. It causes you to add too much chlorine which leads to other problems. I get how important it is to have it but if not controlled it can literally ruin your pool.
Last year was my first year with my new pool. The water couldn't of been any better. This year has been a year from ****! I've spent hundreds of dollars on chlorine and a Taylor 2006 test kit (should of had it anyways) and water due to draining several times, trying to keep algae out. And for what? Because I was ignorant to the CYA levels which just continued to climb due to Tri-chlor pucks.
I have since reversed my problem by draining my pool 2' and dropped my CYA from 100ppm to 70ppm (still too high) but it is a little more manageable.
I think what has frustrated me was coming across a debate on this forum of CYA and proper levels. I just keep seeing all these debates about it. There is no debating the fact that anything higher than a CYA at 50ppm is trouble and costly. I'm living proof.
I've learned my lesson the hard way. No more Tri-chlor which someone said to me never say never. The BBB is for me no doubt in my mind. I will do everything I can to maintain 30-50ppm and stay there.
Seriously people, these guys on the website get it! Listen.....
My 2 cents....well you can add a couple hundred to that.
Sorry for the rant!