Ok guys first of all this site is an absolute lifesaver! Without the generous help offered by you experts a lot of use “newbs” would be in serious trouble. That being said I need some help with knowing what proper steps I need to take to open my pool. I bought my home in July 2011 with the pool that was in bad shape. I spent the next couple months draining and cleaning the 4 feet of debris and bullfrogs out of the pool before I could see what the real condition of the pool really was. After finally finishing the clean up process I realized that the concrete coping and tile were in serious need of replacement. Also the plaster looked like it was in serious need of being redone. I had the pool completely replastered in late October/ Early November 2011. My pool man stated to brush the pool religiously for two weeks in the freezing cold which I and the wife did. My pools specs are as followed:
18K gal, 1 HP Centurion pump, IG Gunite, 60 Gpm Tagelus Sand filter
I found this site after being “pool stored” one time and decided that there had to be a better way and thankfully stumbled on to this Holy Grail of pool care. I read through the pool school several times to familiarize myself with the basics. I ordered a Taylor K-2006 test kit and tested the water for the first time since closing the pool in the late fall. The first chemicals I put in the pool were Baquacil and they seemed to do fine although I only applied one treatment. When I had my pool guy close the pool he placed a floater with chlorine tablets in the pool. I tested my levels tonight and this is what I got:
I could not get the tester show levels of FC or CYA when I tested them. Is this normal or am I doing something terribly wrong? Is this because I used Baquacil then the Chlorine?
pH=< 7.0 added 6 drops to bring to 7.6ish
TA-=+ 4 drops= 40 ppm
CH= + 4 drops = 40 ppm??? Is this right because that seems way low?!
Secondly when I open my pool this weekend should I open using the New Pool Plaster process? If so I think I will use the Acid technique because it seems simpler for me.
My pool water looks pretty good so I don’t know what the **** I’m doing wrong or what is going on but luckily I have you guys. Any and all advice will be soaked up and followed to the best of my ability. Thanks