Everyone calls me Mack, so I'll just leave it at that. Don't really answer to anything else except from family.
I'm a service-connected disabled vet (former Navy, was in the Navy Nuclear Power Program).
Just moved to Florida from California and am looking to own my first home with my wife and four kids.
Almost all of the homes have a pool and they scare the bejeebus out of me. I don't want a new hobby, not really looking to be "that guy" who is constantly in the pool shop, but at the same time, am willing to be responsible for an asset to our home that will provide enjoyment. I see folks listing their pool equipment in a way that would put a motorhead or chiphead to shame. The LAST thing I want is something which requires more mastery of detail than the home theater I'm designing!
I'm a former network/multimedia engineer and architected the first Mac-based render farm in 1998 (no platform stuff, I've worked on most) so I'm a very technical person and detail oriented. My chemistry is weak and I find I'm susceptible to claims which is why I'm here (can anyone say Ecosmarte?).
I'm really looking to ask pointed questions and get straight answers. I'm open to being called ignorant if it's in a respectful way (admittedly, I'm totally ignorant about pools, pool maintenance, car pools, you name it), but will call BS in a respectful way if it's clear that I'm being sold something in the guise of education. I admit to being really...um....intolerant about that.
Mostly, I just want to learn how to be efficient with my costs and time in keeping a safe and enjoyable pool.
Be well all,