Hello! I'm new to the TFP community and I am new to pool ownership!
I just purchased a new home and opened the above ground pool last month. It's 14,700K gallons with a brand new Hayward sand filter and a Hayward pump. We started off with an algae issue which was cleared up as of 3 days ago. However, I have been a slave to the pool store. I remembered our home inspector suggesting this site and after reading through various threads I am hoping to move away from driving to Leslie pools every week to have them test my water and sell me more chemicals. I just ordered my own test it (Taylor K-2006) but that will not be here for at least a week. I do have a cheap test kit that will probably suffice until my Taylor kit arrives. In the mean time, here are the test results provided to me by the pool store as of this morning:
TAC - 0
CH - 160
CYA - 70
TA - 50
pH - 7.2
TDS - 600
The young man at Leslie instructed me to add 10 lbs of the alkaline product to boost my alkaline, which I did as soon as I returned home. I asked him what my next step would be and he told me to either add chlorine tomorrow or add the same powder shock I have been using. As of right now, the water is only very slightly cloudy, but otherwise blue and looking good.
I guess my question is, how accurate were his instructions? I'm trying to get my pool swim ready and safe for the weekend! Any advice/Instructions would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much!!!