First of all, a big THANK YOU to TFP. My pool is clear! I know how to test the water and take care of it, but most important (for me, anyway), I know WHY. I hate being told to add this powder, or add that liquid with no explanantion as to why, and now I'm not in the dark anymore. I used to think that the pool store folks had some sort of conspiracy going to keep me uninformed and buying chemicals, but honestly, I just think they don't know much about pool water chemistry. Anyway, thank you TFP!
So now that I've got my water clear and beautiful, I'm noticing sand in the bottom of the pool. Yesterday was the first day I didn't vaccuum to waste--I used a cover plate and nylon over the skimmer basket. I also didn't realize that I needed to backwash and rinse after doing so. There was a little bit of sand in there yesterday, but more this morning.
Before I get back in and start cleaning again, can someone tell me the proper procedure for vacuuming to filter? I've decided before I freak out and start worrying about cracked laterals or broken parts, I'll start with the simple stuff and work up. After all, it WAS plain ole' household bleach that turned my swamp into a pool again! How bad can this be, right?