I've posted a few messages/questions already.
I started researching pool maintenance a few months before buying a short-sale home with a pool. I've never owned a pool nor know anything besides what I've read thus far. I should have ordered my test kit beforehand as I probably wasted chlorine trying to SLAM the pool. I was frustrated because I didn't prime the pump correctly and the water wasn't being filtered while I SLAM'd. then the water got cloudy.
Even reading through this website I did still fall prey to the pool store in paying them to open my pool and changing sand in my filter. I think their tactics will hurt them in the long run. The only way their business plan is sustainable is if the pool owners ignorance is constant. Here's hoping my ignorance is short-lived. I will keep the faith and be thankful I've only wasted $100-$200 rather than $500+....
Anyways, test kit is on the way and the water does look better that it did. Maybe I'll take some pictures... Too bad I didn't get one with the dead rodents.