I'm Rob from Elkridge, MD. My wife Stephanie and I moved into our house last fall, and are only opening up the pool now. The previous owner had been sick, and the house took a long time to sell after his passing, so the pool water had been sitting in there covered for years.
Through research, and also some trial and error, I'm pretty sure the water is just about ready now...it's still a bit cloudy, the pH has been harder than I expected to keep high enough (even with alkalinity in the acceptable range), and I still can't figure out how my vacuum is supposed to work (it came with the house so I don't have an instruction manual...neither the vacuum or the suction thingie it plugs into are threaded or anything...it just floats right out unless someone holds it there!)
Anyway, I am looking to learn a lot here, and get to know many of you. I am going to use regular pool chemicals this year, but possibly switch to BBB next season once I learn more about it and understand how many trips to the grocery store it would entail.