I'm Ally, a new member...obviously and have learned so much already after spending some time in "pool school". I've been reading posts from other members who have gone through the conversion process and we just started our conversion tonight. As seems to be the "typical" story, we bought a house w/ a pool a few months ago. The previous owners used Baquacil and had no problems. However, the cover on the pool was awful, only bungee corded down rather than sealed, and a whole winter and spring's worth of **** got into the pool. How I wished we would have drained and started over, but the people at the pool place (who, btw, had serviced this particular pool for years but mysteriously LOST all of the records) said it would be fine...just use the baquacil chemicals and you'll be fine. $400 and 5 weeks later, we still can't get in the pool b/c of the green algae. So, we've let all the levels fall to 0, balanced ph, and started adding bleach tonight. I'm sure it will be a long process, but hopefully in a week or so my kids and I will be able to swim!!! WOW. Any advice is appreciated. I'll post updates and readings once they become available.
(not sure if I saved my stats in my siggy... in West by God Virginia, 10,000 above ground pool, hayward sand filter. Ph reading at 7.2 and bleaching away!!!)