I was a long time trichlor user until I found this site. Made the switch to bleach a few months ago. When I used the tabs, maintaining the pool was very easy in that I didn't need to tend to it each day after coming home from work. That has all changed since the switch to bleach. I find it time consuming and somewhat laborious. I've read posts about how some lucky folks manage to complete the tasks in 5 minutes each day but I spend anywhere from 15-30 mins a day on these basics. By the time I come home from work, I don't want to test water, mix acid, pour acid, pour bleach, etc. every single day. Living in Florida, our pool is open more than 3 months during the year. I can handle these chores on the weekends but not during the week when I work. I'll stop whining and get to the point now. I've decided to invest in a SWG. Tasks are less burdonsome
Here are my concerns:
1. TA - My TA is 160 (high end for vinyl pool). I've read Waterbear's recommendations. For my vinyl pool, are those recommendations still appropriate?
2. CYA - My CYA is 160 after all the years of tablet use. I don't plan to empty 1/2 my pool water but will try to reduce incrementally over the summer. What impact will the high CYA have on the SWG and overall life expectancy?
3. Borates - I would like to add borates. Rec'd my test strips yesterday.
Waterbear (my neighbor to the south) - hope you and and others can point me in the right directions.