Just wanted to say hello. I am the proud new owner of a 20x40 24,000 gallon in-ground vinyl pool. We have just purchased a new home complete with pool and we are very excited. In addition to the pool we also inherited a Polaris 380, which I had rebuilt at the local pool store.
I found this website after trolling around the internet researching pool ownership. I found poolforum.com but I believe that site is now defunct. Either way there was a suggestion to visit this site and there is a lot of similar thinking and information here.
I am planning to follow the BBB method as it seems to keep the cost of ownership fairly low, or as low as it can be for a chlorine pool. The only thing that I am trying to determine at this point is whether I will buy bleach from Wal-Mart or if I will be 12% liquid chlorine (bleach) from the pool store that is on my way home. The latter charges $5 for a 2.5 gal refill of your carboy, which I believe works out to the equivalent to $1 per gal of 6%. The guy also sells 100# of tabs for $129.99 which he says is substantially cheaper (I haven't gotten the details to make a comparison) but that is taken all the other adjustment out of the equation.
My first thing that I need to do is get a good test kit and I will probably follow the suggestions on this site and get a good one. That should help avoid the pool store $$$ experience as much as possible.
Here are my test results (some) from the pool store, which will have to do until I get a real test kit.
This calculation was done based on 30,000 gal. My pool is 20x40 with and avg. depth of 4ft, which should work out to 24,000 gal.
I am currently fighting a cloudy pool so I am running the pump 24 hr until it clears.
BTW this is in Mississippi