This is a great site. I've done things out of order - tapping into your knowledge and the signing up! I was so tired of a cloudy pool, numerous trips to the pool store with samples, and numerous trips home with more expensive chemicals and the direction to shock the pool - again. I found this page and read a lot of the threads and finally convinced myself that I had nothing to lose by trying the BBB method. So, after purchasing the test kit (first the wrong one from the pool store, then the right one online), we started shocking the pool one weekend. By Monday, we had clear, blue water such as I hadn't seen in several years - and no algae! We've kept it going without issue for seven weeks now - in this hot, Houston summer - with no algae, no more shocking (CC still zero) and no chemicals except bleach and acid. And no wife reminding me that the pool is cloudy again! When I had questions about one thing or another (rising pH - related to slightly high TA), sure enough there were several discussion threads to tell me what to do.
So, thanks. I'm finally 'fessing up. My next stop is the TFP Supporter page.
I have a 15,000 in ground concrete pool, using cartridge filters and with an unused automatic chlorinator. I've also got a bucket of tabs and two boxes of shock, which I will try to pawn off on someone because I don't want any more of that cyanuric acid anywhere near my pool.
Thanks again for all the great advice!