I've been reading many of the posts from folks new to the TFPC and SLAMing for the first time. We found the site in 2007, and have been using our knowledge of the BBB method (that has now been fancied up with new acronyms--love it!) since then.
I am posting here as ENCOURAGEMENT! HANG IN THERE! Read pool school over and over until it begins to make sense. Ask questions! (always post your latest test results) Go ahead and buy the test kit--it will save you hundreds of dollars and your stomach lining.
Remember the "M" in slamming! Maintain that chlorine level until you are sure you have won the battle! If you have pea soup with floating sludge islands like we did 2 years ago, this may take several days.
This year we removed the cover from our pool after dinner on Friday night. We have a mesh cover which means there was quite a bit of gunk and many leaves in the water. The water was light green, with patches of algae just getting a toe hold. The walls and bottom were brown with dirt. There were several huge spiders with egg sacs swimming around.
But we knew what to do! We were NOT intimidated!
Here is a pix of DH jumping into the crystal clear, albeit COLD water Sunday afternoon!
Isn't this what it's all about! Hang in there!