Some background... My wife and I purchased a house with a pool last August. We weren't terribly excited about owning a pool at the time, but loved everything else about the house, so we went for it.
I knew nothing about pool maintenance, so we hired a pool guy.
6 months later, we fired him because we were paying him $90 / month to do nothing. He might show up once or twice a month and clean the skimmer basket then leave.
I bought a copy of The Ultimate Guide to Pool Maintenance and started learning as much as I could. I was able to perform a lot of important maintenance right away like cleaning out the DE filter which had been neglected. However, I found the book to be pretty light on technical information regarding chemistry.
So we went to the local pool store and had our water tested. We were told that we had "zero chlorine" and to dump a pound of dichlor into it. The next week we came back, and there was still no chlorine in the pool. "Keep adding dichlor. Put 3 trichlor tablets in a floater. Dump this Phos-Free gunk in the skimmer once a week." Well a few weeks of this go by, and I still can't keep any chlorine in the pool, and mustard algae is starting to pop up. The stupid test strips are nearly worthless at telling me what's going on in the pool.
I decided "enough is enough" and bought a Taylor K-2006 test kit. I immediately determined my CYA is through the roof. Literally off the scale. I'd guess at least 200+ PPM. Now it's time to drain and start from scratch.
I've been reading everything I can, have gone through the Pool School several times, and I feel like I'm ready to take on the world. I'm going to go the BBB route, but I sure feel like an idiot with a huge bucket of trichlor tablets and dichlor powder I won't be using.