I am so lucky I found this site, I really wish I had found it sooner.
So I am a first time pool owner, I bought a house with an old IG pool over the winter here in Michigan and we just opened up the pool over the weekend. The previous owners did not do a good job covering the pool before winter and I ended up with a swamp/duck pond in the yard. I hired a local company to open the pool, they took one look and said "we're not saving this, lets get the pumps" and pumped my pool dry, and cleaned it out. I had 18,000 gallons of fresh water delivered by truck and used my hose to fill the rest of the pool.
So now my pump and filter are up and running, and I just got my TF-100 test kit in the mail yesterday. Here are the results from my first set of tests:
FC = 2.5 ppm
CC = .5 ppm
TC = 3 ppm
CH = 150 ppm
TA = 100 ppm
Ph = 7.2
CYA = <20ppm
So it looks like I need to adjust the following...
Raise Ph to 7.5
Raise CYA to 40
Raise FC to ~4-5
Raise CH 250
Just not sure what order to attack these items. Any help would be appreciated.
I know i need to go buy some things, currently as for chemicals...
I have 5 gallons of new pool shock 12.5% chlorine left by the pool company.
I also have left from the previous owner.
A few gallons of Muriatic Acid (Does this go bad of time)
Some misc different types of Ph reducer (shelf life?)
and some Klear Natural Clarifier
Can't wait for it to warm up around here!!! Thanks in advance everyone!!!