This is my second summer with my pool.
My first year I was too afraid to try the TFPC method because I understood nothing about water chemistry and didn't know what I was doing.
This year I took the plunge and purchased a Taylor test kit and followed the advice of everyone on this forum.
I successfully completed a slam procedure and my water has been perfect ever since. I am so grateful for all of the advice and help of everyone here. I feel like I'm finally in control and no longer at the mercy of the varying opinions and advice of pool stores.
I'm ashamed to say that last year, in the two and a half months that my pool was open, I spent $570 on chemicals. This year, since converting to the trouble free method, I've spent about $35. It's amazing. My water has been consistently in balance and only needs minor tweaks here and there.
The other impressive thing I've noticed since converting which I certainly did not expect is that I don't have to backwash my filter nearly as often. When using the 3" and 1" chlorinating tabs, it never failed that the two days after adding them to the skimmer, I would have to backwash. I had thought maybe the pucks might be causing the pressure to increase, but figured that was just silly and that I was stupid and it was a coincidence. I had to backwash twice per week last year. I've backwashed once in the past month. Incredible!
Thank you all so, so much. I am so very grateful to this website and the people on it for their knowledge and willingness to help others!