Well, after reading the forums here and on ps, I've come to realize that it wasn't me. I use softswim and the first year was great until my DE filter kept getting gummed up. (I don't recommend those things!) So last year when I opened pool, I had cloudy water and started to get pink slimy gunk. I was constantly 'bumping' my de filter and backwashing and spending tons of $$$ on chemicals and de for filter. Finally, I bought a sand filter. Much, much better. However, I still had cloudy water and pink gunk. I spent most of my summer vacuuming and brushing this stupid pool. Yes, by the end of the summer, I was ready to ditch this thing. I thought I wasn't doing something right and no one would help me. (Meaning the pool fools).
So this year, I was thinking 'should I convert to chlorine?' Oh, its too hard, I don't know what I'm doing. Just deal with the softswim. Thank God, I found these forums. Because it told me that it wasn't me who didn't do something right, it was the **** I was using. So, I'm making the plunge and boy do I need help.
I have someone new helping me open the pool (aboveground 24' round). I told him I want to convert and he said that he has done it before and will help me. ONe thing he did say was if the level of softswim was very high, then I shouldn't do it until it was lower. He mentioned testing a bucket of pool water with chlorine and if it turned a milky white that I shouldn't do it yet. Do you all agree? I ordered your test kit today and hopefully will get it by next tuesday. My pool is only half full as there must have been a hole in the cover because when I syphoned off the water on top of cover, it kept draining down. Well, I figure that might be a good thing. Lower level of softswim, maybe. Pool guy told me to start filling it up to skim level now, so I'm doing that. Town water, has chlorine in it. I wish now that I shouldn't have put chemical in for winter.
Now, folks, talk to me like I'm a 2 yr old. I need to know what the abreviations stand for: CL FC CC CYA and any others I'm missing here. Also, what do I need to put in pool: bleach (laundry kind) or pool chlorine (more concentrated). I'm reading all over about putting in bleach, but when I mentioned that to another friend of mine, she said pool chlorine is more concentrated so therefore, wouldn't it make for a faster conversion? I didn't have an answer for her. Do you guys? My pool guy is bring new sand for the filter and he wants to do that for the conversion. I understand that everyone here says do that after the conversion and I agree. However, since I know nothing about changing the sand in the filter, I figured I'd watch him do it now and then after I'm done, I'll just buy more sand and do it again.
I'll need alot of advice on this and hope I don't bug you all too much. I'm planning on doing this tuesday, may 13th and will really start with the posts then. I am off from work too so will be no problem keeping up with the testing and adding of chemicals. Oh, and I'm so glad that someone on here posted his pics. Boy, that would've scared me if I didn't know it was supposed to happen.
I'm looking forward to a much better time enjoying my pool this year and years to come. Someone mentioned somewhere else about starting a class action suit against bacquacil and the like for these products that are ****. I second that one! I spent over $1,000 last year in chemicals! I'm done!
Thanks again for any help you can give me.