I just wanted to say thank you for the help that you have here.... I have been on this site a lot the last few days and am so excited about what I've learned! This is our fourth summer with our above ground 24' pool. The first and second year, everything was picture-perfect. I did whatever the pool store people told me to... it was a bit costly, but the water was perfect, so I didn't question anything. Last summer, we opened to cloudy water. Not really green, but very cloudy. Again, I continued to do whatever the pool store people told me.... purchased something different every time I went in to have my water tested. They kept telling me the levels were all good... but the water never cleared up totally. My trust was wavering.
Last weekend we decided to take the cover off and start getting the water ready..... I'll spare you the details, but a lot of junk from the cover went in the pool. Not a good day. I thought I would never get the water clear now. Well, I started searching online wondering if maybe bleach would help before I go to the pool store to test the water. I found your site and started reading about the BBB method.... I have been adding bleach like crazy and the water is so much better! It is no longer green.... it is blue, although not clear yet... so I still have a ways to go. I just ordered the TF-100 test kit. I figure this year I'll spend the money on a thank you to your site and ordering my own test kit instead of all the chemicals the store would have told me I needed to buy.
Thanks again! All the posts and info on this site have been so helpful!