Good morning all!
I am very thankful for recently finding this site, its been a real eye opener! I am a 5 year pool owner of a hand me down 18ft above ground pool (actually, just the shell was given to me, I bought the pump/filter and obviously liners new), all of which I have apparently been doing it all wrong! For as long as I have had the pool up and running, I have done nothing but what the pool store said to do, been using test strips, tons of different chemicals, and never really having sparkling water.
Like many, I went out searching the internet for fixing cloudy water after not opening the pool last year and it being super green and sludgy. I wish I had found this site years ago. I ordered a K-2006 kit yesterday and picked up several gallons of 10% liquid chlorine. Over the weekend I did goto the pool store where they did their mechanical 7 point test which I only assumed was accurate at the time (it certainly looked impressive!) and I now know that isn't the case. But, my CYA was 30 and FC was .5, of which they said was ok and that I just needed something called Pool First Aid to clear up my blue cloudy water which obviously it hadn't
So in short, while I wait for my own test kit (should be here tomorrow), I cleaned off my filter (brand new) and added 2 gallons of liquid chlorine yesterday and another gallon this morning in hopes to start a SLAM.