I love that this forum exists. I recently fired my pool guys after the first year in our home. I regret keeping him as long as I did but I really didn't have the time to take care of the pool myself since I am active duty. After taking over just a week ago, I can say it wasn't as hard as I thought it would be.
When i took over the pool was turning green. i had a layer of green algae all along the bottom and steps. I started looking online for help. I found this site along with others and have to say its the most thorough. I shocked my pool twice and purchased a new rake, skimmer basket, hose, suction cleaner, and in 4 days I'm ready to swim. Im bragging a little but the pool does look great. Wife is happy too, plus I'm saving a bill a month. in 6 months i will have saved over 75% of the cost and a better looking pool. Thanks!!