My family and I recently moved into a house with a ~1.5 year old 18x36 inground pool. It's not very deep, so roughly 20k gallons.
We opened the pool ourselves (with help from this site, YouTube, etc.) and started the season taking water samples to the local Leslie's Pool Supplies store. Before long, but after several (expensive) trips to Leslie's, I found myself wondering if we'd get similar results by just throwing the dollar bills directly into the water!
That was when I broke down and bought a quality water testing kit and a copy of some pool calculator software. I started having very good results, and spending a lot less money, learning about the chemistry and testing the water myself!
Fast forward today ... we've had a LOT of heavy rain over the past week. Now that most of that rain has passed, I took a look at the pool today and discovered that it's cloudy. So, it looks like I have some work to do!
It seems like every time I google for answers to pool questions, I end up on this site. So, I figured I was overdue for creating an account and just diving in here.
Thanks to those who offer their knowledge and expertise on this site so that newbies like me have somewhere to go to learn!