We have a 36,000 gallon, in-ground pool with liner. I stumbled across this website and am intrigued to forgo "pool company chemicals" and embrace the DIY approach you guys practice....so suffice it to say I am a NEWBIE. I just discovered the 'pool chemical calculator' and the uber-techy test kit forums but am wondering.....
1) can you really put clorox/ chlorine bleach, borax and arm and hammer right into the pool?
2) will it damage the linerl?
3) do you need to wait X hours/ minutes after putting said products into the pool?
4) how badly can I screw this up on my own??
While fascinated by all that you post - I am admittedly intimidated. Do I need to get my new test kit before embarking on any of this, or could I try upping my Alkalinity with some arm and hammer without worrying too much? (the water test done at the pool company has my TA at 17 with a goal of 125-150)