I just found out about this website and donated right away, this is the best thing that ever happened to pool owners. I've been trying to get my pool sorted out for years but pool stores are not helping so back to basics Hopefully in a few months I'll be able to give advice of my own...
Anyway here is my first question: how to I get started the right way?
I spent a lot of time going over the articles in the pool school so I think I know what to do but need some feedback. First, I'll start with quick background. Just bought a foreclosed house with a 36x16 in-ground pebble pool in pretty bad shape at first glance. Drained it, acid wash the 2 years of calcium scale and... tada! Beautiful pool now, being filled back up as we speak. Some specs: pebble finish, in-floor cleaner jets, Hayward DE Pro-Grid 3620 filter, Hayward gas heater (not sure it works though), broken in-line tablet chlorinator, spa with overflow in pool, vari-flo vavle.
I'm filling up the pool with well water going through water treatment equipment, so far so good. I have to change the filter grids, all broken but one. Chlorinator is broken at the joint, worthless now. After reading all the bad stuff about pucks and since I'm in FL, I don't want to replace it, just use liquid chlorine or bleach.
What I need to do next:
1- Add bleach until I get to 5ppm FC
2- Level CH
3- Level TA
4- Level CYA
5- Recharge DE
My questions are:
A: Timing of operations, i.e. in what order should I add initial chemicals?
B: Recommended CYA level for my particular area? 50 ppm OK? We get a ton of rain down here right now.
C: Should I shock the pool right of the bat?
Thanks for your help.