This is my third year running our pool. We have had so much frustration with the thing. We wanted to get the pool open much earlier in the season, but we're only getting around to it now because of really bad weather throughout May and June. We've gotten such limited use out of the pool over the years. And the amount of money we've spent on this could have covered the cost of running two of 'em. So, I'm beyond the point of Spending Time And Money To Do Everything Properly And Precisely. I want the pool ready yesterday.
My problem is: the alkalinity. The level is at 250 ppm, if not more (I do use a drop based kit for testing). Our pool is Intex, above ground, and holds 6,500 gallons, give or take. At maximum (32oz/2lbs per 10K gallons) I can add 21oz/1.3 lbs of HTH pH Minus every six hours and decrease it 10 ppm each time - if done constantly this would take 3-4 days to bring the alkalinity home. Meanwhile I'm destroying the pH levels so I have to re-increase those once I'm done. I can't spend 3-4 days + however long the pH Plus will take doing that.
My question is: What's going to happen if I put in way more pH Minus than the maximum and get it done quick? I really need to know, because if it's the lesser of two evils I'm going for it. Also: Can I add pH Plus at the same time so I won't have to increase it afterwards?
We've used the Krystal-whatever Salt Water Generator for the past two years and hated it with a passion (because it only works when everything in the pool's running fine, and that's never happened ONCE). So we're using the chlorine tablets this time. I understand chlorine's not as effective with high alkaline levels but say if I went ahead and put the tablets in, what effect would it have?
The pool water is greenish and cloudy. My goal is to get the alkaline down and the chlorine in, and if that doesn't fix things I'll work from there.
Any help is MUCH appreciated,