Just wanted to say thank you as this forum has helped me understand the chemistry of maintaining a pool and saving me money. My test kit should be waiting for me at home today, so I am excited to run some tests and see where I am at.
Started at the pool store last week with a $167 bill and they wanted me to come back and get more stuff this week. I added half the stabilizer they suggested (they wanted CYA around 50ppm), added 5 lbs of bio guard super soluble, added the 2lbs dichlor shock. I found this forum after I got home that night before I put all that stuff in the pool (I figured I would try a hybrid of actions since I already had the stuff) and have only been running my filter 24/7 and vacuuming as much as possible while adding a gallon of bleach everyday since. Initial water test from pool store was something like .1 FC, 55 TA, 0 CYA, no metals, and I don't recall the rest off hand. I can finally make out the white main drain (barely) in the deep end and am excited to test the water so I know exactly what to do to clear it up!
I will confirm the info in my signature later. Sorry for the terrible picture, it was just to track my clarity while I progress. (Pool is more clear now, I can see the vinyl design clearly in the shallow end)
Only real concern at this point is one of the 3 returns isn't flowing any water out. Not noticing any significant water loss and pressure is good to the other two.
Ps. I did remove that puck holder floaty thingy so my CYA doesn't get too high while I waited for test to arrive.