This was originally in this topic. JasonLion
Hi Chem Geek:
I'm overwhelmed by the information. Do you have one simple chart somewhere that shows the costs for each sanitizing option for one bottom-line cost for maintenance per 10,000 gallons? You could put an asterisk next to each option, and explain under the chart that the reason unscented liquid bleach costs $X in the end is because with liquid bleach, you have to add this or that in X amount to get it right.
I'm a newbie to pools and everything, and I got a little lost in the post. I am trying very hard to know my pool and do what I need to keep it clean and safe. I'm among the millions who get frustrated in this process, trying to learn, and being told by every poolstore employee that I merely need to add PRODUCT X to fix everything for $100+, only to be told a week later that OH, now you need to spend $100+ on PRODUCT Y to counter the effects of product X, etc. It goes on and on.
Liquid chlorine can be found on sale for $1 a gallon, I have a 10K gallon pool, and I've dissolved lots and lots of Borax for algae control. I am getting stains which I think are from metals (a half-lemon rubbed over the stains didn't work, nor did granulated shock or algae killer). We are also getting stains from tree debris (acorns, twigs, etc.), and I have no idea how to eliminate phosphates in the BBB method (which B reduces phosphates?). Can you please offer me some advice?
I have found that a cheap pair of panty hose with the legs cut off and knotted, used as a skimmer-basket liner, actually works better than the expensive skimmer-basket liners and can be rinsed and reused much longer.
I appreciate your input.