I just moved into my first home and it has a pool. The previous owners had shocked it clear shortly before I moved in but it actually had a zero level of chlorine and some other issues. After a recent rain storm it turned a little green. Not knowing what I was doing I learned how to 1. up the TA: I bought Aquachem Alkalinity Increaser and brought the TA up to 120 2. up the CYA: the test kit I have only tests CL and BR, pH, and TA but I calculated how much Cyanuric acid to add (also Aquachem) and I got the TA up to 120.
I took a water sample to Leslie's and here are my results:
Calcium Hardness: 80
It has gotten greener. I can see the bottom of the shallow end (it's faint but I can see it) but the deep end is rather murky. Now based on the Chlorine / CYA Chart in Pool School is says I need to get my FC up to 24 in order to shock my pool. Prior to reading this I was told to use 2 lbs of shock by the guys at Leslie's. I used the Aquachem Shock Xtra Blue which also has algaecide (copper) in it. They said it should clear up my pool enough to swim tomorrow. So, I need to know what to do next. I'm really looking forward to actually using my pool but I have a sinking suspicion that this shock treatment may not be enough.
I am smart enough to figure these things out but I do need very clear and detailed instructions written for somebody that doesn't really know the lingo. I'm not sure if I did it right but according to the pool calculator I need 6-7 gallons of bleach to properly shock my pool. Is this really going to take a week?
I'll add this to my signature but here are my pool specs.
20K Gallon Vinyl, Sand Filter, Pump Type TBD, Chlorine (no SWG)