Hello! I think I'm going to be happy I found you all!!
I've been following the advice of my pool store (they also put in the pool 12 years ago) since day one.
Last year I could never get the water sparkling clear as in years past. If perfect is a 10, I could not get past 8 or 9 all year.
When I uncovered the pool 2 weeks ago, I uncovered a swamp! I've spent many trips to the pool store and have spent hundreds on chemicals to get it to where I can barely see the bottom in the deep end, and it still looks cloudy in the shallow end. I've been vacuuming (mostly blindly) out the waste port, and have expelled probably 3 or 4 feet of water. I know I will have to follow the regiment found here. I'm just not sure what to do first, as my numbers are so out of whack.
I have not begun to use the auto feeder (cartridges) yet this year - just lots of 'shock' and other stuff. In the past for chlorine I've been using only what they tell me to, the cartridges in the feeder attached to the filter as well as 'shock'.
That leads to my first question - why would my CYA be so high? I have not added stabilizer in years, and I've been expelling water like crazy!
In desperation I did a Google search and found this site. If I wasn't happy before, well, I can't type here what I really want to say after learning about BBB.
I've read a lot here, and want to switch to the BBB method. I went out and bought a k-2006 FAS-DPD test kit yesterday.
Here are my numbers and a picture of the pool. Please help!
PH - 8
TA - 190
FC - 5
TC - ? (no test for that in the kit?)
CH - 80
CC - 0.4
CYA - 70