I am amazed.
I decided to pull up my old posts and noticed that it was only 11 weeks ago that I did my first test with the TF-100 kit. I thought it had been longer; we bought the house at Thanksgiving, 7 months ago, but I guess up until late April I was using the test strips and tabs in the chlorinator and shocking weekly as instructed by the pool inspector or maybe we were unpacking for those months. I know I spent my "pool time" just keeping up with the leaves in the skimmers though we did use the hot tub over the winter.
Then, beginning in April I got my test kit and starting then you all helped me through the high CYA problem, the fake overflow problem, the low CH problem, the leaking pool problem, the broken Polaris problem, the algae in the waterfall rocks problem.
At this point, I understand what rain does to my pool (leaves and pH effects, possible dillution of chemicals), I know when to use cal-hypo for chlorine (if CH is low) and when to use pucks (if CYA is low or vacation) and when to use bleach or liquid chlorine (most of the time). I am not afraid to tear into the Polaris to see what it needs to work correctly. I have hairspray in the pool box so we don't get fiberglass in our arms when opening the filter. I know to grab 6% bleach when it is on sale but don't get too much for it degrades in this heat.
My pool is bright and sparkly. I don't check it everyday, but when it is blowing bubbles out the returns I know what to check. If I do neglect it, and FC gets a bit low (never to zero but I have seen it maybe 1 ppm less than goal) I know to bump it up a bit extra to clean out what may have begun growing. I watch my CYA which mysteriously does change when it shouldn't.
In fact, the hardest thing to do at this point is to take the time to brush the pool. It looks so clean and brushing is so hard. Guess that will bite me before long... "Dear husband, will you brush the pool, please?, pretty please?"
So, anyhow, consider this a testimonial to why this is a wonderful forum and why I appreciate you all so very much. Thank you for your time and for being here to help novices like myself.
Now, where is the "bowing in adoration" smilie?
Anonapersona, proud of my Trouble Free Pool