I'm new to the forum and need some help. I've got a 27' round Johnny Weissmuller above ground pool with a 52" wall height (holds approx. 17,000 gallons of water). Started on June 5th to find swampy green water with a ton of leaf litter due to a hole in the winter cover. Cleaned out the gunk, treated with algaecide, shocked the pool and added a ton of chemicals that the pool store recommended to balance my water. I also changed the sand in my filter when the pool water stopped being green and turned a milky blue color.
My water color has slowly improved to the point where I can see the bottom, but the water is still hazy and not holding chlorine at a level above 1 ppm. I'll shock it in the evening with 2 lb. of turbo shock and the chlorine level will be fine in the morning only to plunge below 1 ppm by lunchtime (according to my WalMart test kit). I know from reading information on this website that I need a better test kit and I've just ordered one. Anything I can do until it arrives??
My last pool store readings yesterday morning (9AM) were as follows, but the chlorine level dropped to below .5 at 1 PM...
I shocked it again last night with 2 lb. of turbo shock and got very similar results today. I am using the tri-chlor 3" chlorine pucks in my off-line automatic chlorinator. Any advice will be greatly appreciated.