New here..... Been reading since just after I started cleaning up my swamp. I started out the year with a dark (almost black) pool. I wish I had taken pictures. Anyway, took a sample to my pool store and started out with 10 lbs of granular shock ($40). I knew this would do nothing at all with the condition my pool was in. Soooooo, the next day, back to the pool store. These were the results.
FC - 0.5
TC - 0.5
CC - 0.0 (What?? I smell chlorine)
PH - 7.4
TA - 60
CYA - 0
No copper or iron.
I bought 10 more lbs of shock at another $40. Came home and added to pool. Next day, nothing. Checked my spider gasket. It was a little melted looking so I changed it out and started reading more and more here. Next day, went to the Dollar Store and bought Bleach 6%. Lots of it. LOTS!! Managing my FC with test strips (all I had at the time) I kept adding and adding Bleach, brushing the pool, back washing, rinsing, lather, repeat, rinse for 8 days. Things were looking up. Added a little Baking Soda (10 lbs) and CYA (5lbs of 100%) and kept brushing, bleaching and back washing. Today is day 12. Pool is blue but cloudy with just a slight green tinge. I can see the bottom of the deep end if I strain enough.
Today I received my Test Kit in the mail. Opened it up and was just a tiny bit overwhelmed at first. But after I looked everything over and read the directions, I got started. My results....
FC - 9
CC - 1.0
TA - 70
CYA - 50
So I decided since this is my first time, I am going to run up to the pool store and have her test my water for comparison. Her results...
FC - 4
CC - 0
CYA - 100 ???
Hard to believe my CYA went up that much with only 5 lbs added. She also says my FC is too high at 4 I should not shock the pool at all for 3 days or put any chlorine in it. Ummmm.....No!! I'm not going backwards here, lady. I still have a green tinge and CC.
So back home I go. Retested CYA again with my shiny new kit. And again I get to 50 with no black dot. Will check it again tomorrow and see what I get. I also used my test strips and according to them, my CYA is around 50 and my FC is above 5. I picked up 10 lbs of baking soda on my way home which I will add after what I believe will be my last waste vacuum this evening. My concern is the CYA number. Who to believe?
What to do now?