We've all got some pretty strange and inconsistent advice from pool stores but what about things we came up with on our own before coming to this site?
- In my deepest despair, usually towards the end of the season, I would start to think that proper pool care was a black art like Voodoo. Sooner or later a chicken would have to die and I would have to learn how to spit rum out in a fine aerosol fashion. Of course that never happened. I wasn't adverse to frying up a fresh plucked chicken but I drew the line at spitting out perfectly good rum.
- I use to think that water clarity and/or cloudiness was akin to the Hindu caste system because most of the cloudiness was towards the bottom. So with true egalitarian righteousness I would leave the vacuum head on the bottom for days, providing a direct conduit to Nirvana (my filter) for those poor Untouchables. That didn't work and soon my thoughts would turn again to fried chicken.
Spending money on a good Test Kit and understanding the CYA CHART might not be as romantic as Voodoo and freedom fighting but you can't argue with success.