Last year I bought a 24' above ground pool and on the recommendation of the pool store went with Baquacil. All was good for the first half of last year until the algae started. I had a hard time getting rid of it and keeping it gone. I dumped a whole pint of algicide in the pool and had 1 month of algae free water but then it came back again with a vengeance! I opened the pool up this year and continued using Baquacil and was fine for a few weeks. But the algae came back again..already! I started looking on the net and found this site and others bashing Baquacil and it's time for me to make the switch! I wouldn't mind the cost if I didn't have the problems along with it. But to pay the high costs of these crappy chemicals and still have a dirty pool is ridiculous.
I will be buying a better pool test kit asap along with boatloads of bleach and starting this weekend! All I have are test strips now and do not have current test results. I will get them before I start the conversion.
Will a cheap walmart test kit work until I can get a good one?
Do I need to get rid of the algae in the pool before I start?
Do I have to replace my sand in the filter now or can it wait till the end of the season? I just don't want to have to drain my pool down to change the sand.
How long after putting Bleach in the pool can you swim in it?
Here's to looking at clear sparkling water with less work AND money!