I'm new to the TFP site after trying to get going on poolforum.net. My wife and I just signed a contract on a house with a pool (20 x 40, IG). I know practically nothing about a pool, but am very eager to learn.
I have done some research on the site, but not enough. I want to try the BBB method instead of spending my $$$ at the local pool store. Plus...I'm tighter than bark on a tree so the BBB method seems like it would save me some money. If anybody has any other cost saving tips they would be greatly appreciated.
In talking to people about a pool, I've gotten responses all over the board. Everything from "nightmare" to "within 2 years you'll be filling the pool in". Hearing all the negative comments has got me to thinking that it may be a lot of headaches. I'm an optimistic person at heart so I think that I'll be able to handle the "pool monster".
I met the guy that put in the pool the other day while he was there cleaning and testing the pool for the current owner of the house. He was trying to sell me on letting him come by once a week and service the pool for $25, plus I buy all the chemicals. He acted like that was a steal for him to do that! I told him that I would think about it. I don't know much about the system that is currently there, so I may have to get the pool guy to help with all the equipment. He said there was a "salt water system" on the pool at one time, but the people took it with them when the house was foreclosed on.
My wife had her concerns when I first mentioned the BBB method. We have a 19 month old little girl so she is concerned with the pool maintenance and this method.
With all this being said, are there any suggestions for a pool newbie? I saw the newsletter about the breakdown of the BBB method and I'm sure there's more out there. I will continue to research this site and any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks for your help!