First I want to say that I love this site and I would like to thank those that put in the hard work to make it possible. (Not kissing up, I promise :P ) I wish I would have looked for it over the winter and schooled myself on pool maintenance a bit sooner.
We bought our house in October and it has an old 24ft round AGP. We put in a new liner and a new sand filter. I got sold on salt water after swimming in a salt water pool last year. I bought a Chlorease CL02 SWG that I spent way to much money for at Leslie's (and would not have bought had I researched it ahead of time.) I bought 400lbs of salt because I thought my pool was 13,500 gal. I now know it's actually about 11,800 gal. Before adding salt I brought a water sample to Leslie's and the guy sold me 4lbs of Stabilizer, 25 Lbs of Hardness, 1 lb of Soda Ash, and 1lb of Shock. He tried to sell me Sodium Bicarbonate but when I asked him it that was just Baking Soda that I could get at Costco's, he relented and said yes. I followed his instructions which are as follows:
May 11th & 12th
Mix the 4lbs Stabilizer with water and add it to the skimmer. Wait 4 hours.
Pour 14lbs Baking Soda around edge of pool. Wait 4 hours
Add 1lb Soda Ash into pool. Wait 24 hours
Add 25 lbs Hardness 6-7lbs at a time 1 hour between then wait 4 hours.
Add 1lb of Shock.
Added 400lbs Salt.
Ran the pump for 24 hours and then turned on the SWG.
At first the SWG read "Low" and it currently reads "4" and it seems to be operating correctly. (Normal is between 4-6 according to the manual)
Over the last 24 hours I have spent about 20 hours scouring this site and learning many of the mistakes that I have made.
I went to Leslie's this morning to buy the FAS-DPD test kit. The clerk told me he had one in stock that was missing a couple of things but he could put it together for me. Well, he put some of the wrong items (surprise) in the kit. For my FC test I have R-0001 R-0002 & R-0003. No powder. I think this is the FC test for the DPD test kit but I am not sure. I also don't know how to use this method because the instructions on the kit are for the FAS-DPD using the powder. ARRGG--Obviously I will be back there in the morning.
Here are my results on what I have been able to test.
Salt 5110ppm (6.6 on the Aquachek Saline Test Strips.) This is very high, I know. I don't know why. According to the Pool Calculator I would have had to put in 505lbs to get that kind of number. With the 400lbs that I put in I should be a little over 4000ppm, but not over 5000?? The SWG is reading normal right now, but it started "Low" so I'm wondering if it will start to creep up.
The cheap Aquachek test strip that I have shows 0 FC.
I wish now that I had chosen to go with the BBB method and not purchased the SWG. But since its installed and the money is spent, we are trying to make it work. If it doesn't, or is too much of a hassle, is their any problems with just taking it out and switching to bleach with all of that salt in the pool already?
A long first post and a lot to comment on, I'm sure. Thanks in advance!!