Hey everyone. Been a regular visitor here for about two weeks now, first post. I'll tell you my story....
I bought thi house from my father in law. I opened a swamp that filled to the top due to drain and snow. Dark black and green with inches of leaves and no idea what to do..... Father in laws advice was to continuously vacuum to waste And fill until the water cleared up, then go to pool store and spend lots of money. I didn't like the sound or logic of that so I did some googling and stumbled across your site. I got the most of the leaves out but didn't start vacuuming because I didnt like that I couldn't see what I was sucking up, haha. Anyway, I became in a hurry because my wife started planning the "first annual brown splash bash" here on memorial day weekend.
That sent me to the pool store where I bought trichlor " pH reducer", "pool shock ", algecide, and my first test kit, or what was really test strips that only test Fc Tc PH and alkalinity, lol. Yes, go ahead call me noob
Well the after blindly shocking with no idea of my cya, or even what that was, I decided to finish reading pool school.
Thanks to you guys I spent the next few days correcting my mistakes. I bought a k 2005 thinking it was a k 2006. Returned that, sold the trichlor on craigslist, and now use only liquid chlorine sold by pool store who produces it at discounted rate of 14.31 after tax for 5 gallon carhop of 12%. I created my own aerator for lowering my alkalinity with the rest of the "pH reducer" that I bought. I'm awaiting my k 2006 from amazon, only reason I bought that one is because I have prime membership and was 50 bucks with no tax or shipping.
The water is blue and can see the shallow end but cloudy enough to not see the deep end yet. I'll be hoping my kit comes tomorrow to post my first test. Been shocking at around 20( thanks to a pool store cya reading of " I think it might be around 30-50"....lol) for about a week and a half. Using test strips lol. Back washing, brushing, vacuuming to waste.
Considering opeinving the filter and checking the sand or hosing it out as the forum suggests for sand, but I wanna do an oclt and anxious for a real test. Even thought about getting some de powder.
I dunno if I should have waited, but I read somewhere else that alkalinity being high might cause cloudiness. So I put in the pH reducer and according to the test strips, lowered my alkalinity and am currently aerating off my one return. But then I read that pH and alkalinity tests aren't reliable during shocking. So there's another noon mistake......
All in all, I am thankful to have found you! I'll post my test results with before and after pics tomorrow. I'm typing this on a tablet so sorry for spelling.