We won't be able to really work with the pool until next week, but needed to fill it over 3-4 days, so went ahead and got it started on Saturday. Finished filling it on Tuesday. Ran pump for just a little bit on Tuesday to make sure it was working, but it was Wednesday before it really ran any amount of time. Wednesday I ran it for about 2 hours. Thursday I was more confident so I had it run 12 hours. We are about to leave for several days, so I'll probably set it at 6 hours per day while we are gone. While filling it, I stuck in a floater and about 8oz of the 1" chlorinating tablets. (Tri-chlor maybe?) Now, I have put about 2 cups of CYA into a sock and have it in the pool. Last night I also poured in a jug of old bleach to make sure if there was anything in there that I would kill it.
Background - Pool was drained last year, but left to sit in same location. By the time we looked at it this year, it was filthy. Mud all over the inside and outside and rust looking sediment in the area that still had some water standing. So, we spent some time scrubbing and dumping and sucking up with a shop vac. Got most of the dirt and yuck up, but got to a point where we were exhausted and not making much more headway. Decided just to fill and I would tackle anything leftover with the vacuum and filtering.
Appearance - water stayed clear during the filling (3-4 days). Did vacuum number 1 on Wednesday. Got up a lot of the leftover dirt, but a lot I just stirred up. Cleaned filter cartridge and inside of pump afterwards. On Thursday water was back crystal clear and just some dirt still on the bottom. Did not have chance to vacuum. Thought we were leaving town today, so dumped in 182 oz of old bleach. Not sure about the potency - it was leftover from last year, but had been stored indoors. Turns out we aren't leaving until in the morning, but will not have much time with the pool tonight. If I can, I'd like to just run out there and swap out cartridges. Will make sure there are tabs in the floater before we leave.
Then the plan is to start back with the BBB method next week when we come back in town. I've got new bleach purchased. I think I will need to order some more reagent for my test kit. I know I need CYA, but I need to check all the others before I place an order and I never think about it while I am at the house!
Hopefully will be back in our normal routine in a week or two.