Thank you so much for all the help you have given me so far. I am 90% of the way there, and I am losing hope.
I have pictures but can't find the USB cord - so as soon as I find it I will upload them.
Here are the readings as of this morning (using Aquachem 6 way kit from Walmart):
CYA 50 (this was from last week - but since I have only been adding bleach I don't think it would have changed)
My pool is blue - like hurt the eyes it is so blue. It was swamp green. Emphasis on swamp. It was left uncovered with a broken pump all winter. So for the past ten days I have been using the BBB method. The green went away within 3-4 days.
However, it is not clear. Not at all. We can see the shadow of the third step in the shallow end - but that is all. We like to pretend we see shadows that may be the bottom, but then the cloud moves and we realize our mistake. It has been like this for a week. We vaccuum and brush every night. Initially we were vaccuuming to waste, and backwashing three times a day. Now we are backwashing once a day, normally in the mornings. At first we were seeing improvement daily, now not really at all.
I told my husband we should have POP - but since he has owned a pool his whole life, and me just seven years, he thinks he knows more. I've tried to get him to read you guys and he hasn't. Now he is mentioning clarifiers and flocculents.
My dogs ate my test kit this morning (seriously- it's been a heck of a Saturday). I came out to get all the readings, and I found everything but the CYA cylinder. Lets just say I was NOT thrilled, however, they are now they are so well behaved . I will order the nice one next month, but now I have to run to get another cheapo.
So do I break down and get a clarifier/flocc? Do I wait another week? Do I say nevermind - just swim in our beautiful opaque pool?