Hello all, and thanks for all the information I have read on this site. This was the third year I ran an outdoor pool, starting small and slowly building onto them by adding accessories, while learning how to maintain a nice clear sparkling pool. A SWG was added two years ago, last years addition was a 1 hp pump with a 19 inch sand filter. This year I built a homemade solar heater, along with installing a SS heat exchanger on my water heater, my goal being to have at least 78 degree water from mid April to mid September. After reading about sand filters on your site I decided to add DE to the sand, it worked wonderful, enabling me to finally rid myself of the small silt problem from blown dust I was getting at the end of the season.
This year when I drained and stored my pool the water was as sparkling as the day I filled it this spring Learning about adding Muriatic acid to balance ph, helped me keep my ch levels correct and I had very little to no "slime" build up around the edge of the pool, an attribute I use as a precursor to an algae outbreak. By keeping my PH and ch correct I didn't have to use any algecide this year, ch being high enough does that job just fine.
Next year I am hoping to aquire a larger above ground pool, and of course a full test kit as I have been just using the two test cheapo kit from wally world so far. The wife has been dropping hints of me putting in a full fledged inground concrete pool, we will see how the money comes in though.
I am also thinking of trying out borates next year as well once I have a full fledged test kit of course.
Thanks again from me and the grand kids