I finally gave in and had my pool installed by professionals. They used a transom and got my pool level to 1/2 inch.
It filled in 24 hours with two hoses. Now I need to wire the pump (running on an extension cord right now), put up a fence (required by the city), and build a little deck so my son can get in via his wheelchair.
The problem I have now is cloudy water. The installers said shock it and then add the chlorine tablets. My water was still cloudy. I checked the ph, BR, and CL levels. They were in range for ideal.
My neighbor said it was going to need more chlorine, so he gave me some more shock and I put six tablets in the strainer. The next day it was still cloudy. The ph tester is violet colored, so I asume this off scale for being too alkaline. The BR/CH is dark yellow, so I asume this is off scale for too much chlorine.
I have now added 14 oz of HTH Super Clarifier. I think I put too much in. The bottle is marked for 2 oz. graduations and I thought it was something else.
I'm going to get a better test set. This one came with the pool and only checks for the three above mentioned chemicals.
The pool has been up since July 5th and I sure would like to get in it.