I was in the same boat when we first got the house! The pool store *helped* me ruin the first pool! I HATED it and was glad it was gone when it went!!! HA joke was on me!!! Hubby wanted a new pool and when challenged to find a way to care for the pool withOUT the pool store he found TFP Look at me now..............a MOD on a pool forum who loves her pool!!! LOLOk. I was def thinking about the stir stick. I just dont want to buy the wrong one. I was about ready to just tear my pool down when i found this site. Ive been trying to take care of my pool with zero knowledge and a leslies pool supply store for help. So its been expensive and not really worth it. Glad i found you guys.