My pool was installed last July. I'd never owned a pool before, so I knew almost nothing about caring for one. I did a ton of online research while waiting for our install date. My Google searches kept bringing me back to this site, and I was impressed by the knowledge here and the helpful attitudes of the forum members. Pretty soon this became my default source of pool info and I started looking here first before even going to Google. Then I read Pool School and learned about TFPC. The method made a lot of sense to me conceptually, and the testimonials in the forums made me decide to try it right from the get-go. I bought a TF100 test kit and have followed TFPC methods diligently since the day our pool was filled. My water was pretty much perfect up until I closed the pool in the fall.
I was a little anxious when I went to open the pool this spring. Since it was my first time, I had no idea what to expect in terms of water quality. I was pleasantly surprised to find it crystal clear, with only a half dozen leaves on the bottom. Many of my friends who own pools were surprised and envious.
Because I live in western New York where the swimming season is short, I invested in a pool heater that my local pool store salesmen thought was way overkill for a pool this size. I'm so glad I did. Not only did I swim during the last weekend of September... I opened my pool on May 2 (a Saturday) and raised the temperature from 54 to 90 in time for a Sunday morning swim on May 3. Most folks around here don't open their pools until at least Memorial Day. We've had an unusually warm month of May, and my pool has had lots of use already.
This website rocks, and TFPC works. Thanks, all!