Hello ma'ams and sirs
I'm Shawn, and I'm renting a house with a 12x24 4ft deep pool. When I moved in, the water was crystal clear and perfect (november 2011). I let it go and just added chlorine a little bit over the winter. I had no experience and knew nothing of pool chemistry. All of a sudden, when the temps came back up in the spring, the water turned into what looked like Dr. Pepper...
So i went to google and the pool store...they gave me swell advice and I got the water blue again, and cloudy. Never got that crystal clear look for the rest of the summer. I had the pool open for about 3 weeks. Other than that it was green, cloudy, or worse. I couldn't see the bottom of the pool for almost the whole year. So i gave up in August and threw chlorine in there occasionally and tried to keep the pH in check. Over the winter, the pool cleared itself up and i was eager for the warm weather so i could jump in there. Then the 70 degree days came and the pool went cloudy, then green...
Anyway, this year i was planning on trying a bit harder... luckily, when i went to buy the $70 tub of chlorine tablets at walmart, some guy stopped me and said "Woah man, you don't have to buy that stuff!" I put the tub back on the shelf immediately cuz i didnt want to buy it anyway...then asked "what do you mean?" The guy says, "Use the BBB method from troublefreepool.com! Its easy and cheap. You don't need the pool store, or any of these chemicals for the most part!" The guy looked in his thirtys, was close to 6ft tall, was wearing a black button up with a cook's hat...i think. Dunno if he's on this board but this was in Aberdeen, NC right next to Pinehurst.
Long story short, I looked up this site on my phone while i was standing in the pool isle of walmart...then as i was browsing the site i walked over to the laundry section and picked up some great value 8% bleach, 20muleteam, and baking soda. I also bought the 10 pack of dichlor shock stuff. Anyway, that was Monday, 5/13. Today...actually yesterday...i have the crystal clear beautiful water I had when i first moved in!!!
All i had to do was adjust the pH and alkalinity, shock, backwash, scrub, backwash, scrub, backwash, scrub, shock, backwash, scrub, adjust pH, vacuum, shock, backwash, scrub, vacuum....etc... It only took a total of about 4 hrs of work over the course of a week and i went from green cloudy ugliness to the clearest prettiest water i could hope for!!
Thanks for making this site so easy to navigate, and easy to find information!!! I love you guys