So after doing some reading on here and another board I decided to take the plunge. I haven't opened the pool yet, so I figured now is the time while my softswim levels are low.
I took a water sample to the pool store down the street from me and had it tested. the tests were as follows.
softswim B: 6 ppm
softswim C: 0 ppm
total alk.: 49
total hard.: 79
that was all that was tested as I know there is -0- chlorine in the pool.
I added some PH booster to raise the PH slightly. Vacuumed all the debris to waste, and prepared myself for the leap. Following Jasons pool calculator, I dumped 3.4 bottles of regular 960z. clorox into the pool slowly. The water turned emerald green by the end of the first bottle and only darkened up a bit by the end of the third. I can still see the bottom of the pool, but only slighlty and through a thick green watery haze. Should be interesting.
I told the pool store I would be back around 3:15 to check again. This time I will have them run a test for softswim as well as a test for chlorine. I don't have a good test kit, but am ordering one from the link on this site. My pool store is only a mile away and they told me my best bet was to just bring it to them and let them run the tests for me untill I can get a kit. They have a couple kits there, but nothing that rates over 3ppm chlorine.
My wife (who is completely against me changing the pool to chlorine) has the camera, so no pictures for right now.