Background: I've never owned a pool until we bought a house in January. Trying to get up to speed on how to make this all work properly. The pool is a ~25000 gal vinyl in ground.
We've been running the filter for about 8 hrs a day. The water is still quite cloudy and there is quite a bit of debris. I have been unable to get a vacuum to work thus far, but read last night that if I plug the second skimmer, and keep the main drain closed, it should work. I'll try tonight.
I've ordered a K-2006 test kit that will be here in a few days. Until then, I have been using a basic test kit (chlorine/ph) only.
Starting levels were:
I used the pool calculator and added 2 boxes of borax, 1 box of washing soda, and quite a bit of bleach. At this point, the basic test looked good, so I took a sample to the pool store.
Numbers as of last night:
Free Chlorine¬* 3
Combined Chlorine¬* 0
total Alkalinity¬* 140
Calcium Hardness¬* 70
Cyanuaric Acid¬* 0
They recommended 3 gals of stabilizer to bring up the CYA. I did that last night. According
To the bottles, that should bring the level up to somewhere in the upper 40s.
I am putting in a SWG next weekend (rewired everything and added the SWG control box. Just have to plumb it in now), so I am reluctant to start any regimen that wouldn't make sense going forward with that.
Thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide.