So first of all thanks to all the great information related to pool chemistry in this forum...LOVE IT!
My pool guy tried to sell me an UPGRADE on a Ecosmarte System - almost considered it, so thanks again.
A bit of background...in ground fiberglass pool, 14,000 gallons, NE Ohio (4 months swim season), Heat Pump & Sand Filter with two speed motor.
I've had a pool when I was much younger and remember the issues with stabilized chlorine and CYA levels, etc...so I want to be careful of course. I was just planning on using the BBB method. HOWEVER my pool guy, who is relatively trustworthy, is almost INSISTING that I at least install a Automatic inline tablet feeder to "supplement" my bleach.
With the short season, CYU should not massively buildup and since I travel a bunch having an automatic feeder (with stabilized chlorine) set on low will allow me to maintain decent levels without having to worry about the wife figuring out the test kits, etc. He claims that I would not STUFF the feeder with 100 pucks, just a few and set it on LOW and then use my bleach to top off levels, etc.
I almost want to stay 100% away from the "automatic" stabilized route as I really don't want to drain and refill, as I live in the country and refilling a pool is not cheap.
The auto feeder is only $100 or so, but still I am not sure there is any value in it. I think I would rather install a liquidator vs. the tri-feeder.
I guess I could use these calcium hypochlorite tablets, but WOW are they expensive.
If my thinking is wrong - please help me clear my brain.
Thanks in advance....