Great Forum, I've been a pool owner for 2 years, and only now I feel like I am really learning about pools. I carefully read ALL the sections of the pool school and I diligently put an order of a TF-100 XL test kit so I can finally test my water the right way. The only problem is that I live in the middle of the ocean and I cannot expect to have my kit , not before a good 20 days. In the meanwhile I'd like to try to get rid of a huge algae problem found when I returned from a 2 week long vacation ( yeah my gardener did not really do what I instructed him ..... ).
Because I currently have NO way of accurately check FC CC CYA or any other value (all I have now is some strips) , can I just brute force shock my pool with regular bleach ? I do not mind overspending for a few more gallons of bleach. I have a 10,000 glns plaster pool. I can approximately say that my FC is 8, I really do not know my CC, and have no reading on the CYA. PH is OK ( according to the strip), and so is the alkalinity. I've been using ( although I cannot be sure because my pool store delivers its product unbranded ) triclor tablets, thus CYA may be sky high. I am planning to pour 4 gallons of bleach 6% , and add an extra gallon each 2 hours for the first 24 hour. Then a gallon each 4 hour for the next following 24 hour.
Please tell me that I am totally insane , and stop me from doing it .
I really do not want to wait 20 days for my kit to arrive and I hate to see my pool in that green state.
EDIT : I live in the caribbean , lots of sun .......... not good for clorine