This is my first time posting here, I've been lurking for a while, learned about the TF test kit, how to shock, BBB, etc, and read the pool school, etc.
Right now I did the overnight test for the first time and found out my trusty strips really are crappy. I had 30 ppm FC and 1 CC at 9:30 and at 6:30 this morning measured 29.5 ppm FC and .5 CC. (I thought the FC was around 19 based on strips, but was wrong) water is clear, CYA at about 30 before i backwashed this morning. Pool is clear except for some slight debris on the bottom, and a brownish/greenish cloud that forms when brushing the bottom. Which seems to be less and less every time I brush.
Anyway, last year we inherited a AGP with our new house which appears to be a 21' 12800 gallon or so metal frame with vinyl liner. My dad garbage picked us a ladder somewhere that is plastic with holes in it to let water in. My wife noticed yesterday when we pull the ladder out of the pool it shoots out black dots, and some green and yellow stuff that looks like seaweed. (the ladder might have been used in the niagara river?) The black stuff looks like dirt. If I spray water in the holes, to fill up each step, when i stop the water comes back out, and so does the above mentioned green, yellow, and black stuff...
My question for the board is, what to do. Ditch the ladder and buy a new one, or is there some way to clean out the inside of the steps? I spent about 30 minutes this morning cleaning it and i still get gunk out of the holes when i fill the step with water.
The ladder is mounted to a deck which is the height of the metal frame for the pool. the ladder floats and i take it out every time we finish swimming due to no gate for the ladder.
Thanks, and sorry if the post is too long.