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    Could use some help

    Hey guys, I opened my pool two weeks ago. This was the first time opening by myself since purchasing my house last april. Its a 22,000 gal inground pool but was built back in '84 with vinyl lining I'm in Indiana and we have had record heat lately so the pool was a bit green upon opening. I got it blue quickly but cant seem to get rid of the cloudy water and it keeps eating my chlorine. I can make out the floor of the shallow end but just abotu nothing in the deep end. I have tried everything the pool store has told me to do along the way but no real dramatic improvement but very costly. I even changed all the sand in my filter this past weekend. I tested my water 3 days ago and these were my results:

    Saturation idx: .8
    TC: .6
    FC: .6
    PH: 7.9
    Tot Alk: 254
    Adj Alk: 254
    Tot Hardness: 245

    I then added a gallon on muratic acid split between two nights and shocked my pool a few hours after the first treatment of acid. I will soon get my water tested again but do not see visable differences since that. Any idea whats going on or what I should do before I continue to take the pool stores advice?

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    Re: Could use some help

    Welcome to the forum!
    My first bit of advice would be to order your own test kit. Pool store tests are notorious for being inconsistent and quite frankly - wrong. When you do get your own kit, post a full set of your own results here and we'll all go from there.
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    Re: Could use some help

    Quote Originally Posted by dbrown224
    I then added a gallon on muratic acid split between two nights and shocked my pool a few hours after the first treatment of acid. I will soon get my water tested again but do not see visable differences since that. Any idea whats going on or what I should do before I continue to take the pool stores advice?
    Your version of "shocking the pool" is likely very different than ours. The first thing I can see, if you can believe the pool store results, is that there is far too little chlorine in your pool. Take a look at Pool School, and specifically How to Shock Your Pool.
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