Hi! I have been trying to open my pool for 2 weeks now. Took 3rd pool sample to dealer yesterday and my readings are:
Tot. Chlorine: 5
Free Chlorine: 3
Tot. Alkalinity 123
Adj. Total Alk. 112
Tot. Hardness 102
This is what I have done so far: Raised alkalinity and pH to normal range. Shocked pool with approx. 8 lbs. of shock over the course of about 5 days and have kept 3" chlorinating tablets in autofeeder with filter running (has been running for 2 weeks straight). Added a a bottle (approx. 28oz. of Algaecide (from Walmart-Aqua Chem) and later added 22 oz. algaecide ("Banish"). At startup, I could only see about 2 steps into the pool. I can now see the 4th (last). When I brush, I can see the brush-head moving along the bottom,-barely.
I added 2 large bottles of Walmart brand bleach (182 oz. bottles - 6%) yesterday, continuing to run filter.
Water is still light green barely seeing to the bottom. Just seems that it isn't making progress. Have continuously ran filter, backwashed it, etc.
Question: Should I flock it, or continue to wait it out?
On a side note, have purchased Borax and Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. Going to try to BBB approach this year.
Thanks in advance for any help!! Ready to do a little of this>>>