I am new here and have been thrilled with the wealth of knowledge on this forum and organized in the Pool School. I have a 22,000 gal. above ground vinyl pool which came with the house when we bought it a few years ago.
I must admit that I have really had no idea what I was doing the last few years and threw myself on the mercy of the local pool store. They really did a nice job of keeping my pool clean and clear, but it cost an arm and half a leg. The bigger issue for me was that I had absolutely no idea what the various numbers, tests, powders and liquids that they kept telling and selling to me meant. So this spring I was doing a little learning online to get smarter and found this awesome forum.
I have studied Pool School, bought my bleach, borax and baking soda, and have been putting numbers into the pool calculator, and I think I am in the home stretch. Two weeks ago when I took the cover off, the pool was a green swamp (no exageration). It has been on a steady dose of bleach since then to get things under control. I have also had to adjust pH and add CYA to get things in line. As of 20 minutes ago, here is the latest test results:
FC = 2
TC = 3
CC = 1
pH = 7.5
TA = 150
CYA = 30
Pool = 22,000 AG / Sand Filter
My DE filter died end of last season, so I tried a sand this year. The first one I found (given to me) was too small and had issues, but now I have a Hayward s220t and things look great! Pool water has gone from green 2 weeks ago, to grey / cloudy, to cloudy, to blueish-hazy, to blueish-foggy, to pretty darn blue as of this weekend!!! I can cleary see the bottom in the deepend. It is still going through chlorine, so I want to get it back up to shock level of 11-12. The great and wise Pool Calculator tells me to add 422oz of 6%, so I am going to dump in 4 96oz jugs now. I am then going to test in a few hours and again in the morning to see how much was consumed over night.
Here are my questions:
1) Anything I should be doing about the high TA at this time?
2) what is a safe range of chlorine to let the kiddo's swim?
3) when adding chlorine, I pour one jug after another into the pool in front of the return jet. Should I wait some time between each jug or is it ok to just keep pouring in the entire dose?
4) anything else you see in my numbers or other recommendations?
ps - I wish I had taken a before shot of the green monster, but here it is tonight looking mucho better.