Well, i've had the pool since December, i've learned a TON from all the great people here - made some rookie mistakes and probably will make more. Got the test kit, my bleach, my salt, and other odds and ends and my pool is lookin' great and is very healthy with the TFP methods - all levels are right on the money. Sunny southern California weather is starting to settle in and im going to be traveling quite a bit over the summer - at one point for 3 weeks straight in july. SO, i think im going to hire someone for the summer to keep the pool nice for the family as my wife just really won't keep it up. My question, do most pool guys use this method? it seems to me like everyone i know with a pool service has had an algae problem. i mean, lets say you have a HUGE party on Saturday and your pool guy comes every Friday, thats potentially 6 days that you don't have enough chlorine! i want to make sure whoever i hire sticks to the levels this site prescribes. is that reasonable? advice?