New pool owner in South Mississippi, learning the hard way that I should have educated myself before diving in! Looks like a great community and I look forward to becoming a productive member of the family.
Just installed a 42'x18'x52" Vinyl AGP that was started with Pristine Blue (PB). Three months into it, haven't gotten to swim in it yet! Local Pool Store (LPS), though very friendly, has sold my wife over $1k in PB and various other chemicals that simply doesn't seem to have a positive effect on the pool. LPS uses the electronic water testing system that seems to me to be more of a electronic sales person for stuff I don't need. Frustrated, I have taken over the position of pool-meister, and am attempting to apply what I am learning here on TFP!
I stopped in at my local "Dibs" Chemical Supply store to buy some bulk 12.5%, only to find that they have a small selection of pool supplies. Welcome suprise to me! They also do water testing using the Taylor K-2005 kit. Brought them a sample this morning to get an idea of where I currently stand in my PB-to-BBB conversion and here's what I have learned:
Chlorine = .5 (didn't specify FC/CC/TC and forgot to ask)
pH = 7.6
Alk = 90
CH = 110
CYA = 40
Suggestion was made to add 3lbs granulated chlorine, and 7lbs Calcium Chloride.
Considering that I took over poolboy duties last weekend and started with a nasty green pool, I think I'm atleast heading in the right direction. So far I have nixed the use of PB chems, added approx 1.5lb granulated dichlor daily, floating three trichlor pucks in a floater (tied to remain in the output jet's stream), and have added 1/3g muriatic and 4oz floc, one time each. I have gone from thick green to having 2' clear visibility, and can just make out the outline of the dipnet when it's sitting on bottom. Water color is now sky blue. Pump runs on low 24/7, except when I shut it down to do a light filter rinse then run on full for a few minutes after to stir things up.
How am I doing so far? lol.