Hello all, I am new to posting here but I have been studying and researching for the past few months.
My TF100 test kit just arrived this morning, I have been holding off on posting until I had good readings for you,and would like would like some feed back, please.
here is a little background on my equipment first.
18' x 48" Intex AGP about 7400 gallons at the water level i usually run.
Hayward 1HP pump with 18" sand filter.
Hayward 100 heater
aftermarket Hydrotools side skimmer.
This years opening here got started early due to some fantastic weather. As per usual we drained the pool to about 8 to 10 inches and removed as much winter debris as possible. Filled the pool added 3 bags of shock and muriatic acid to a PH of 7.2 and began pumping/filtering. naturally we were very green/cloudy. 24 pump hours later the green was gone and just the cloudy remained. I stirred and agitated the bottom in an attempt to filter out more "stuff". Ran pump another 48hrs, backwashing frequently of course (figured that meant "the stuff" was going away. Ran pump another 24hrs and no change.
I read about adding DE to a sand filter here so figured that the "stuff" was so small that the sand was not catching it. Also read about high T/A so I hooked up a soaker hose to my compressor and aerated for 24hrs. STILL CLOUDY.
Really getting ***** now.
Broke down yesterday and bought some WalMart super concentrated clarifier. This morning (Sat.) I could see the bottom of the pool! and the were random pockets of "****". Netted out what I could and stirred the rest for the pump. will vacuum later today to waste to get whatever the pump doesn't.
I apologize for the long story, partly to vent and partly because after a week I feel like I am getting somewhere.
CH 600ppm(yeah really!)
CYA <20 (filled tube)
CYA did not test
The chlorine is with in workable range for me but the T/A and especially the CH are high. I really don't want my heater to look like my kitchen faucet so would really like to get the hardness down. any suggestions on this or any of my other results?
Thanks again and Thank God for TFP