Split off of this topic. JasonLion
First time pool owner here, keeping an eye on this thread as I am also to the same stage in the cleaning process, blue murky water. Just received my TF100XL pool test kit yesterday, will be testing water tonight after work.
Had my water tested at the pool store prior to any treatment, but the slip they gave me, handwritten, only has some of the initial readings on it, most say OK. Had purchased a smaller 4 way kit, but it doesn't have the FC, CH or CYA testing. My pH was OK-LOW, but my testing put it around 7.2, TA is 110, Chlorine over 3 (only goes to 3).
So far, I have found the entire website truly informative and very helpful. Opening my pool to a green "swamp", and getting this far in my first pool season, while trying to do the majority of the work myself, makes me feel confident I will be able to correct any condition that may arise, even though most of my friends have asked why I just didn't have a pool company do it for me. My answer to them, "I wouldn't learn anything about pool care."