First of all I want to thank you all for helping me close my pool last year and all the help I received while learning to do the BBB method last summer! We just pulled off the cover and got the pump running and it was sparkling! Last year we just shocked it and then put the cover so I was very happy to see no algea. It's funny because my husband was told by the pool store that we need to load it with all kinds of chemicals to keep it clear over the winter! I am glad we did not waste $$$.
I still only have the HTH 6 way test but am planning on getting the TFtest kit soon!
CYA 0 - it didn't get cloudy at all and i filled the test tube before it could even show me anything
My husband is on his way to the pool store to get stabilizer because I believe we have to get that raised so the chlorine has a chance to work. We are going to add 415 oz bleach to shock since it is so low. Should I add both the stabilizer and bleach at the same time or wait for the CYA level to raise first?
Also by adding the stabilizer, will that reduce my pH? Should I add some borax too keep my pH up?