Hi guys. I've got info in my signature, so here's my first stab at this. I ordered the TF100 kit this morning, so no good data until next week. I have test strips, which the pool store has checked and said they are accurate (though they seldom line up with their reports). I can give test strip data if it helps, but I'm okay with waiting before anyone suggests anything.
Pool is 10 years old. Bought the house almost a year ago. SWG seemed to quit working a couple months after. I've not been able to verify if it's the board or salt cell that is bad, due to it being an old Polaris EOS system that is end-of-life and finding a store that can test it has been difficult. I just recently called a pool store I've never used who says they can test this cell, so I've just got to take it off and get it to them. So I've been shocking once a week and using trichlor. Mixed results. Pool store is always suggesting something else when I do a water test with them. Pool is occasionally quite clear, but some light algae growth on the walls every so often. I'll shock, scrub the walls, and wait 3-4 days for the cloudiness to go away. Yeah, I'm a newbie. I don't really have a routine maintenance thing because I don't know what to do. Pool store is worthless in helping me it seems. They just say buy this and add it. I'm sure it balances things temporarily because when I do what they say (and spend $100+ not including chlorine) when I go in things start looking better after a few days. But I can't maintain that look.
Several other things on the pool are non-functioning, including the gas heater, the spa pump, and the polaris booster pump.
Anyway, the thought of daily or every-other day maintenance makes me want to puke. I work a lot and travel. Wife is quite busy also, and my kids are too young to be of help right now. Really thinking about replacing the SWG, but I don't want to spend that kind of money right now. I'm wanting to try what you guys recommend, at least for the current pool season ending later this year. I'm going to get the Polaris cell tested this week. If it's bad, I'm not sure what to do since it's end-of-life. When the chlorine levels dropped last year, the salt level was low. I added a lot of salt to the pool, but the chlorine level never went up. That's when we (me and the pool store) knew there was a problem somewhere with the SWG, but there was no way to figure out what it was. If the cell tests good, they're going to tell me to add a lot of salt to the pool again and see if the chlorine level goes up. If it doesn't, then I've wasted a lot of time/money in salt. I can't replace the SWG entirely right now.
So what would you guys suggest I do for now? Here are pics I took just this morning if it helps. Thanks!