So I have been reading pool school and various sticky threads on getting rid of alage/SLAMming and have ordered my TFT-100 kit. Getting everything prepared to get rid of the algae. Had some pool store shock and chlorine tabs but haven't been able to get rid of it. So I ran across this website and like the approach but have some questions. I have a plaster pool with a 48-DE filter. With all the backwashing, it seems like I will be going through a lot of DE, do I really need to add DE after each backwash or can the filter do some of the initial coarser filtering? I need 4 scoops every time I backwash and from reading, the filter is going to be full pretty quickly which is what I've experienced so far. Can you do a shorter backwash than the 2-3 minutes that are recommended? Or is it just not worth any shortcutting?
Can you swim while slamming or is it unsafe?
I have a basic pH/chlorine tester, what do you recommend I do while I wait for the test kit to be able to SLAM?
I've read the following stickies: