I found this forum a couple of months of ago when I was having persistent troubles with a cloudy pool. What a boon it has been. I'm not ready to make the leap to BBB, but I am feeling pretty good about all I have learned about balancing chemicals.
I've had 3 different pools over the last 22 years -- 2 vinyl liner ingrounds in Massachusetts and 1 cement in Florida. When people say to me "oh, a pool is such a lot of work" I snicker inside and respond "oh no, it's easier than vacuuming the family room". The snicker is because the comment is invariably from someone who is not a pool owner. But this year -- jeez it has been a lot of work, and $$$$! I got it under control a couple of weeks ago, thanks to the advice here. Today, I am doing the AA treatment for metal stains. Wish me luck!
Thanks to everyone who post on this board to help us all out!