I discovered this site after running into a problem. (surprise!)
We picked up this pool last year, and it's doing the job until we can afford a "real" pool
Hydro-Force Steel Pro Frame Pool Set, 16-ft x | Canadian Tire
We live just under an hour from the NY border, close to Ottawa, Canada.
Up until now I've been pretty hands-off with the pool maintenance, with my wife managing most of the chemical additions. We have ignored it for the past week or two, and now we're paying for it. So now I've started reading up on Pool School, and I'm determined to get this right! I know it's just a starter pool, but this will go a long way when I finally take the plunge on a full-sized pool
Up until now we have been using the Canadian Tire brand chemicals and test strips, and what they instruct us to put in is slightly different from what is recommended on this site.
Stabilized Chlorine, Shock treatment, Algaecide, Pool Stabilizer (which I presume is CYA), and something for water hardness.
To add to that, some of the numbers that they use on the test strips are different from the ones used on this site... e.g.
Total Bromine (which it looks like you don't care about)
Free Chlorine 0-0.5 = low, 1 OK, 3 = ideal, 5 = hot tub, 10 = high
Total alkalinity 0-40 = low, 80-120 = OK, 180-240 = high (parts per million maybe? this could be the same measurement, but 50-90 is what is recommended on this site)
pH is the same
Total Hardness ranged from 0 = Very Low, 100 = Low, 250-500 = OK, 1000 = High
I'm going to be picking up one of those test kits that was mentioned elsewhere, along with collecting more details about the pool, but hopefully someone will know right off the bat what this is:
Since we came back from vacation, the water is a little bit filmy feeling on the top, and there's lots of small white flecks in it.
I'm surprised the water isn't green. I tested the water and found 0 FC, pH is 8.5, TA was at 240. Hardness was high. I have no idea how much CYA there is.. I don't have a test for it.
I threw a bunch of bleach into the pool, and an hour later saw that the FC went up to 1, so hopefully that, picking up some muriatic acid, and adding the sequestrant is all that it will take to clear this up.
Thanks for reading!