I'm a newbie and so glad that I stumbled upon this site. I've been lurking for a few weeks now have learned a lot. I can guarantee that if I did not find this place, I would have every WRONG chemical and gadget that the local pool store sells!! My only regret is that I did not find this place before I bough my pool. Thank you TFP!
MY pool is brand new, it was installed this past fall. It was filled with water, a few bags of shock were thrown in and a few pucks were in the floater. At closing, 2 weeks later, an algaecide (poly 30 if remember) and a stabilizer were dumped in, allowed to circulate for a day then covered. BEFORE I open it and dump Pool Store "stuff" in, I want to make sure I'm doing the right thing. IMHO, it's easier to "make" water, than it is to "fix" water. My main concerns pertain to CYA. As the use of a SWG voiding my warranty, the salesman sold me an inline chlorinator. Thinking this was the easiest kind of dosing maintenance, I bought it. Since then, I have been reading of the use of Trichlor pucks and the respective CYA increases. This is really leading me to shy away from the Trichlor pucks. However, I would still like to use to the inline chlorinator. Other than calcification inside the chlorinator (which can be cleaned/dissolved by soaking it in white vinegar for an hour or two) would there be any problems/issues with using the 3" Cal-Hypo pucks in the unit or in a floater? From reading, it seems the Calcium build up is a lesser evil than the CYA build up. I would love to go the BBB method, but unfortunately this upcoming summer has me all over the map and I will not have the daily time to devote to it. Thanks in advance for any help.