Bought a house with a pool 2.5 years ago. First year in the house was at the end of the summer, so didn't do any pool maintenance except having it closed. Last year, we relied heavily on the local pool shop to open the pool, install a new pump (forget the model currently, will add to signature when I know), and tell us how to treat the water. We struggled all summer long with a persistent algae problem that never really got resolved (and of course were roped into buying all sorts of algaecides, phosphate treatments, etc that I now know were a waste of money). Then over the winter, our cover sprang some holes and when we opened the pool, we were met with a rather impressive swamp.
Fortunately I've come across TFP and know I need to SLAM. I'd like to get this going this weekend, as with the Memorial Day holiday I'll have a solid few days to pay close attention to the pool. However, I need to get a TF-100 test kit (the test kit I inherited doesn't have a FAS-DPD test, and I'm out of the reagent to test CYA). Of course, the test kit isn't going to arrive until sometime after the holiday weekend.
So I know this is a long shot, but I'm wondering if there's anyway to SLAM the pool without the FAS-DPD test? Am I stuck waiting until a new, good test kit arrives? Is there any sense to running the filter 24/7, dumping in a bunch of bleach pretty regularly until the water turns clear, and backwashing the filter when necessary?
I'd REALLY, REALLY like to make this happen this weekend, and I don't think there are any stores locally that I could grab a kit with a FAS-DPD test (Leslie's exists, but I'd really prefer to not pay more for a kit that's not as good as the TF-100).
Is there any hope for me getting a head start on it this weekend and taking advantage of the day off of work?