I've been a pool owner for almost 26 years, but have only been using the TFP method for the past 2.5 years, so this is my first time starting from scratch w/TFP. We just replaced our liner and I would really appreciate some help on what to tackle first. The pool is filled to a few inches below the skimmer; the installer is coming back tomorrow to cut & install the skimmer. I have a bottom drain so I have been able to start the filter. It's been running for a few hrs now. The water is a lovely rusty brown (well water, we have no other option). At this point, I've only added one bottle of TLC Super Stain Out (supposed to be good for 20k gal). I'm sure it will need a few more bottles and lots of vacuuming and backwashing. I will take a sample into the pool store for the metals test once it looks clear to be sure.
Here are the results of a test I ran before adding the Stain Out:
Ph - 7.7
TA - 425 (yes it's really 425 - I tested 2x)
CH - 440
I didn't bother testing FC, CC, CYA or Borates, as I haven't added any yet. I know I need to take care of the metals, add CYA and chlorine, and get the TA down, but I'm not sure what order to tackle them or if I can work on more than one at a time. Any advice would be greatly appreciated ... TIA