Every now and then you come across something you just want to share with everyone. This is one of those times.
I bought the book and spent the evening with it. My conclusion is this, if you own a pool you need this book, you really do.
In my Ask the Pool Pro section of this site I answer a ton of questions about above ground pools. That's my expertise. I can answer just about any question regarding pool setup, liners, filters and repairs of all types. There are times I spend all day answering these questions. One that comes up almost daily is "why can't I keep my water clear?" Or something along those lines.
My stock answer is shock the pool and run the filter for a few days straight. That's actually pretty solid advice, but there is a lot more to it than that. You will discover that as you read the book.
It is true many above ground pool owners do not run their filters enough. Some of the smaller units need 24/7 all summer. Others just need to have their run time increased based upon pool usage and outdoor temps. An extra 2-3 hours a day can make a lot of difference.
It is also true that many of you do not understand the importance of shocking your pool. Again, depending on pool usage and outdoor temps, once a week is not too often.
Those are just a couple of basics, but it just scratches the surface of proper pool maintenance.
One thing I hear a lot is this, "I took a water sample into the pool store and had it tested. I bought the hundred dollars worth of chemicals they suggested and my water is still cloudy."
After reading this book there is a real good chance you will never have water problems and if you do you will not be at the mercy of the guy at the pool store selling you everything on the shelf. You will test your own water, for everything your water needs tested for, not just chlorine and acid. You will go into the pool store knowing exactly what you need, and buying nothing more.
This book covers a lot of ground, it's about water, filters, chemicals, salt water systems and so much more. My advice, just get it. Get it and stop wasting money.
Terry has done an amazing job with this book. From one pool guy to another I give him a lot of credit. Having written several pool books myself I know the time that goes into all aspects of this type of project.
It's a long book, 40 chapters and 166 pages long, but packed full of useful information. You don't have to read it all at once, you don't have to memorize everything he has written. There will not be a test later but with this book sitting on your desktop all your answers are just a click away. No more searching the web or overpaying at the pool store.
Are you buying filter replacement parts at the pool store? You may not be doing that anymore, another savings. I'll stop here and let Terry talk for himself.