My name is Chris and I have been checking out the site in order to try and get a handle on my pool. Me and my family moved in the house last year. This is my second season with the pool and let the pool get out of control towards the end of last season and just left alone without properly closing not even covering the pool.
I have spent several hundreds trying to get the pool ready to swim because my two kids love the water. At any rate, a couple of weeks ago I had this local guy called the Pool Doctor come look at my pool and the guy just told me to pour some Algaecide in the pool and take a water sample to the pool store. I had been reading up in Pool School and I knew that didnt sound right. I though what a joke, how can you call yourself Pool Doctor and give such poor advice. I figured that he didn't want to fool with my pool. He could have made a killing on me. Business must be good for him! In all actuality it was a blessing to disquise. I would have to handle this myself so I continue to read up in Pool School and ordered a TF100 test kit.
Well I got the test kit in this past friday and I had been stocking up on my chemical for the BBB technique.
Note: I had already been getting out tons of leaves and dead tadpole since I didn't cover or properly close the pool. I had only been using Sam's Club Tricore Pucks, Shock, and baking soda. The only water testing was done with some 5-6 way test strips.
So my first reading Sat. 11Am was:
water Temp 82 degrees
So to get to shock level of 24ppm I added liquid bleach I think 9 gallons
2nd reading at 12:30pm
so I added more liquid bleach to get to 24 ppm shock level (9 gal)
3rd reading at 1:21pm
note: I start to see a lot of organic material float to the surface I continue to get leaves and debris out the pool and backwash as need.
4th reading at 2:17
FC 2 wow a slight improvement
So I continue to add bleach to get back to shock level. At this time I had almost depleated all of my liquid bleach supply I had used almost 40 1.4 gallon jugs of liquid bleach so I called it the day.
These are pics before getting started Saturday Morning.