Man I love this site..
I have had a saltwater pool for 3 years now and never looked anything up online, because it seemed perfect all the time. My PB told me that all I had to do was keep the salt at this level and he chlorine at this level and I'll never spend another dollar. It worked for a while. Iran it 24hrs with the SWG at 90% to keep the chlorine tester at normal. It had no CYA in it at all, just salt. My neighbor, who had the same PB as me was doing the same thing. He came home one day with stabilizer convinced the pool store was selling him something he didn't need. We were so uninformed, and at the time the local pool store was anti-SWG so they didn't want to help us.
I grew up taking care of a pool in Orlando. We had a free form IG pool with DE filter that I cared for daily. It was a pain, but I also swam every single day. I wanted a Polaris so bad and would ask my father "can we please get an automatic pool cleaner" and he would respond "I already have an automatic pool cleaner, you, and it cuts grass also" Well, now I have my own Polaris, I didn't choose it but I am happy with it.
If you have noticed I have been through a few motors. The last one started making a high pitch noise when I just happened to be outside. The pitch was so high I wasn't sure if it was my ears ringing and locating the source was difficult. I leaned down to the pump motor to listen closer and all this white powder started shooting out in jets from the vents. It looked like little fire extinguisher going off. Just as I stood up in reaction to that the powder ignited and was shooting out the side of the motor like little thrusters. The flames were about a foot long with tons of smoke. I hit the off switch and ran. I figured nothing in an electric motor was good to breathe. The local hayword dealer has replaced them all for free. This time they gave me a brand new out of the box motor instead of rebuilt , or so they say. I have wondered if something in my pump is killing them.
Anyways, now I am battling metal stains and a leak. Not as dramatic but more of a pain. And I feel much better about my prospects since I have started reading here.