I've read just about every swamp thread on here. I'm wondering how much it costs to SLAM a pool with the TFPC method, on average. I've seen the bottles all lined up after the slam and I'm thinking whoa, that's a whole lotta dough. And the time you put into the SLAM is monster sometimes. Month long SLAM's and the like. Chime in here people, have you thought about just getting that bag of shock for $5 and throw it into the pool and be done with it and worry about the CYA increase later on down the road?
Horror stories abound about the pool store taking money from the innocent but after a SLAM you could be talking about at least $300 just in bleach. Don't get me wrong here I love this site. I've not had to SLAM my pool and will never let it get to that point hopefully but golly, that's a lot of money in bleach. I don't use trichlor or dichlor but then again I've not had to put any bleach or liquid chlorine in my pool since I fixed my SWG. Right now I'm almost at the point where I've got a wholly balanced pool with a CSI index of -0.19 and the water is smooth as glass. I rarely use muriatic acid anymore as my PH has stabilized after adding borates to 50 ppm. What a help that is!
I truly understand the BBB method and also understand why it is taught. It can be expensive though and quite a bit more expensive than the shock sold at the pool stores. Not trying to cause waves here, just would like to hear from the people that have done these swamps and maybe get an idea of how much they paid for their troubles. Include hours worked and what test kit used too so I can get a more accurate reading so I can build a graph and post it here.
I'd like: Time taken to go from swamp to blue
How many bottles of bleach/chlorine and money spent on those bottles
Test kit used
Any other chemicals used and their cost
Leave all pump and mechanical fixes out of the equation
Total time taken in hours on swamp to blue (brushing, netting gunk, sweeping, etc...)
Draining and refilling time and cost ( if known)
Any other things you think might be relevant
I will go to the local pool store when I gather enough information on our site here and start to build a comparison in dollars v time to see what kind of numbers we are truly looking at here in savings.
Thanks for your input.