I have been bumping around here for years but today is probably my first posting.
Pool details are in my signature. I have had the pool about 7 years and I bought it from the pool store at the end of the buying season. It was one of their demo pools they set-up at the store each year. There is essentially the same pool setup there today. So, I probably bought the week after Labor Day in 2004 for about $3,000 all-in. We (the store staff and I) took it down at the store and I setup it at home after getting the grading done by a tractor guy they suggested (the week before).
In the 7 years I have had it up, I have used pucks (lots of them) of various compositions since "that was seemed to be the right thing to do"... wrong. Each year, later in the summer, I always had to fight the green and buy Liquid Chlorine by the long ton to get the green to go away... I am going to guess my CYA was off the chart and the 107F day temps did not help. Shock was a bag... not a process. I trust my dealer but I probably didn't take the water in enough to really get a handle on the problem and I didn't want to take in my pond water for testing. Over the years, I also bleached and damaged the liner. Last fall... I just let it go to the ducks... literally.
Last month... I decided to start over with a new liner. Sunday, I ended weeks of jerking around with the wrong liner, I finally have a new liner in the pool, a clean filter full of cellulose, a clean(er) ladder, and pool full of fresh water from my garden hose. I was beat and it was 90F, time for a swim! I know the seat caps are not installed but the risers are there and the liner clips are installed... it's good enough to cool off and play with my DD. After swimming, I tossed in a bag of "shock" and went in for a nice long nap. A test of my fill water by the pool shop said I needed CL, PH+ and CYA stabilizer. I bought the stabilizer and one of the alcohol floaty fishes for the "cover". I used to have a cover but once we get into the 100F days, a cover just adds too much heat and our season runs from May until October without any need to "adding heat" to my pool and 90F+ pool water is just not cooling enough.
Today I picked up WalMart's HTH version of the K1000 test kit, a big 13+ pound bag of Arm and Hammer baking soda, a box of borax to add to my HomeDepot liquid chlorine and the 100% CYA stabilizer
CYA 0 (from pools store testing, I will test using my kit next week)
CH Didn't measure (no tile, concrete, or metal in pool or piping, except bolts in ladder)
I added about 50oz 10% LC, ~ 48 oz borax and 1.75 pound (whole bottle) of 100% CYA.
Does it sound like I am headed in the correct direction?