I purchased a home with a plaster in ground pool early this summer. Knowing ahead of time that I would be getting a pool, I read the pool school and forums thoroughly so that by the time I closed on the house, I could start to care for the pool. I wrote into the offer for the house that they pay to have the pool opened by the local pool company (Cozy Pools), and I come and watched them open the pool.
I used the BBB methos all summer and (I think) have had great success in keeping a very clean and well balanced pool. I appreciate the ease of keeping a pool this way, and that proper testing can make things so easy and straightforward.
Now it is time to close, and even though I have read the forums on closing I am not comfortable doing this myself. It seems like I could leave a lot of damage if I miss something. What are newbies experiences in closing on their own? The pool co is very expensive, espeially considering a lot of the technical part is done by the pool owner ahead of time. I don't mind paying once to see how it is done, but the guys that came to open did not speak much english, and really didn't seem to know exactly what they were doing for my particular pool - they just did the same thing they do everywhere - no more, no less.
Since so many people see caring for the pool as a hobby, I wish there was a 'club' and I could invite over another experienced pool owner to give me some guidance and 'double check' my methods.