I've been lurking around here for about a month counting down the days until that one would come where we would have to let our pool guy go and now I can say that the day has finally come. I've read quite a bit about the TFPM and really love how well this site has been put together. The method illustrates a direct, no-nonsense and even frugal approach to maintaining a sparkling pool year round.
So I've acquired some of the basic laundry aisle chemicals and cleaning tools to start tackling the job myself. I have taken a baseline test and have a solid direction on where I need to go thanks to this site. I'm now looking forward to tapping into the knowledge of the forums to maintain my pool so I can enjoy it all year. Having just moved from the beach to this house far from it, we are all excited that we get to swim in our backyard now!
*To those sympathetic to the pool guy; when asked about the TA and CH I got a look like I just started speaking swahili to him