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How much time do you find you spend maintaining your pool?

My style is like Warren Buffet's investment style - lethargy bordering on sloth.

I have a cartridge filter, which means it typically needs me to pull the cartridge and spray it with the garden hose every couple of weeks. That's a 10 minute job. If I don't do this, as the filter clogs, flow is reduced, and my suction cleaner doesn't move around. It's a remarkably effective indicator when it's time to clean the filter.

I test the water once in a blue moon - great test kit from Chlorine and pH are the ones to check most often, but once you have a feel for your pool and everything dialed in you really don't do it very often. I might check calcium and alkalinity twice year. pH and chlorine once a month, maybe a little more. CYA (stabilizer) once or twice a year.

The more regular stuff - clean the skimmer baskets once a week or so. I tend to net the pool any time I'm getting in. Brushing the walls is more physical, and something you probably need to do once or twice a week during the hot months. Keeps algae from growing a film on the sides (even with proper chlorine levels). I don't do this quite as often as I should. Again, it's a 10 minute job, but varies depending on the size of the pool. Mine is a typical 15x30', about 6 feet deep.
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