I've spent a ton of time in the last week reading the forum...you guys are great! If only I found you sooner! I searched for this topic but couldn't find an answer to this specific question.
Due to several factors, I'm just now opening to a green monster...fought algae all last year but it seemed to be under control before closing.
Other than I'm sure my FC is 0, I have no clue what my numbers are. It's possible CYA might be high, because I shocked with Cal-hypo a lot last year, although I drained approximately 6000 gallons to close. I (stupidly) used test strips last year, and they are all gone. Here's my question:
Should I shock now, guessing at numbers or wait til I have a test kit? I have about 16 gallons of bleach on hand, and can easily get more, so I'm ready with the go juice.
I ordered the TF Test kit, and it was supposed to be here on Friday (according to the Post Office) It wasn't. Didn't show up Saturday either and the P.O. tracking website seems to indicate (cryptically) that it has been returned. So now I have no clue when I'll be getting the test kit.
I've topped off the pool (rain and snowmelt plus ~4000 gallons) and can begin circulating, but not sure if I should do that either.
I really want to get started cleaning it up so the worst is done before I leave town next Friday. I have someone who will be taking care of it while I'm gone, but want to minimize their work.