BBB stands for Bleach, Baking Soda, Borax. Many of us (including me) never use any of them.
- Bleach is to raise FC
- Baking soda is to raise TA
- Borax is to raise pH
With my SWG:
- I never add bleach
- TA is fine and never needs to be raised
- pH constantly rises and borax is never needed
Why call this method by a name derived from chemicals that many never need.
I think it should be called the "Do your own testing, understand the effects of adding chemicals, understand the CYA/FC relationship, always maintain proper FC, don't add stuff you don't understand, don't trust pool store advice, don't trust pool store testing" method, but it doesn't really have a ring to it.
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Helpful Links: Pool School, BBB for Beginners, How to Shock (hint...it's a process not a product), Chlorine/CYA Chart, Jason's Pool Calculator
Only the name changed from the BBB method to TFPC method. It changed because many people never need to add baking soda or borax, yet many new people were stockpiling quantities of both or dumping them in blindly thinking they were some magic pill that would instantly clear a swamp and make the pool maintenance-free.
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Troublefree does not mean Maintenancefree. It's like brushing your teeth: You can spend a couple minutes a day and pennies a week or go to the dentist once a year and spend several thousand dollars.
A pool is like a pet - you have to feed it every day, even the days you don't want to play with it!
Ok thanks for clearing it up. I thought you would never have to use Borax or Baking Soda again. I use Baking Soda every now and then to raise my TA when it gets too low.
The thing is many people are always fighting rising TA and rising pH so never or almost never have need for the Baking Soda or the Borax, and as Richard said the newbies would go out and stock up on bleach, borax and baking soda before ever testing their pool water and learning its trends.
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