I have read about shocking, BBB and the evils of the pool store.
Here is my problem though.. I am about to purchase a home in 2 weeks. When I looked at the house the pool looked great. I came back another time and it was cloudy. Well once the offer was accepted and financing was approved I had stopped by the house. I noticed the pool was very dark almost black. The owner got transfered and had someone taking care of his pool or so he thought. Needless to say it wasnt being done. He suggested putting some shock in it (meaning a bag) and it would be fine.
That did not fix the problem.
So what I have done to work on the pool. I do not have a test kit of my own besides strips, I have been going to the pool store. I am going to purchase a TF 100 once I actually take ownership of the house but until then I am stuck using their testing equipment as a guide.
Before I found these great forums, my ammonia was sky high. Over 8. It turned pitch black. I drained about 25% of the water and re-filled it. I used shock, clorinating granules, 4 pucks in the skimmer and 8 in the dispenser.
Great news! My ammonia is now good (only cost 175$ for a house I technically dont own yet). I have gotten the pool to a cloudy blue.
Here are my results since the first of July:
7/1 - FC .43, TC 5.44, CC 5.01 PH 8.2, CH 526, AK 117, CYA 31, Copper .1, Iron 0 - Shock that night, 20# of tri-cal, pucks 4 in skimer 8 in dispenser
7/5 - FC 1.14, TC 2.08, CC.94, PH 6.4, CH 505, AK 58.9, CYA 97, Copper .4, Iron 0 - Was after another shock, found tfp website around here. I was waiting to see what it did the next day.
7/6 - FC 0, TC .11, CC .11, PH 6.5, CH 504, AK 79.2, CYA 106, Copper .5, Iron 0 - 6 gallons 12.5% liquid chlorine. 9 pounds of alk up.
7/7 - FC 5.22, TC 6.12, CC .9, PH 6.6, CH 530, ALK 99.2, CYA 116, Copper .5, Iron 0 - 5 pounds of soda ash (afternoon) and planning on putting in 5 gallons of 12.5%
So I used the pool calculator and I am following the guidelines as best as I can working with what I have. I would like someone to go over the numbers and make sure I am heading in the right direction. I will be doing a OCLT? test tomorrow after I bring the pool to shock level tonight (28) and at 9AM be on the doorstep of the pool store to test. I will post those tomorrow. If it stays about right how do I get it from a cloudy / hazy color to crystal clear?
26,500 IG, Vinyl Liner, Sand Filter. Backwashed pushing 7 PSI. I use well water from the house.