Last year I poured in 4 cups of bleach (and absolutely nothing else) everyday and the pool lasted until early September when it turned into a swamp after a week of noone going near it.
This year I followed the Pool School set up for seasonal pools and three weeks in it's going cloudy.
Pool Store Test Results
Free Chlorine 0.5
The store wanted me to buy shock and put all sorts of other things into the water. I came here first!
The pool calculator, if I used it correctly says I should add
3 cups bleach
1 cup borax
2 cups baking soda
2 quarts of calcium chloride (I don't know what this is?)
1 cup of stabilizer
Do those sound right? When I mentioned bleach, the store told me use 2 extra large jugs. (That would be 32 cups!)
I know its annoying for beginners to panic, but I feels hopeless.