I didn't really winterize the pool and its still starting to warm up (days in the mid to high 70's some times 80's, water temp up to 60-65), so I thought it might be getting time to open the pool up. I took my water in to get it tested and came up with:
and something i have never seen before:
is it not quite time to start it back up yet or will it be alright?
also, i plan on adding borates to the pool this year, as well as salt, in what order does everything need to be added? should i start off with acid first to drop down to 7.3 or so (to help the bleach kill the algae and lower TA), then add the calcium hardness, and finish with the borax and acid? each one of these steps would be a good day in between addition of chems.
if so, i think i might have actually started to understand the chemistry process...
i'd also like to mention that if you dont use skimmer socks yet, it is one of the best things i have done to the pool since switching over to BBB, it was like $7 for a 5 pack and it has helped solved my tiny seedling problem. what was happening was that they would settle down on the main drain and get into the filter, then when i backwashed, they would get on the inside of the grids, eventually causing the tearing of the fabric. since adding them, it is catching all of the tiny seedlings and will finally keep me from going through the grids (i went through an entire new set last year).