I am a recently new home owner, i purchased a house with a pool but the pool looks like a swamp. I am looking to get the water blue before I winterize and I need help. I bought the Taylor K-2006C test kit and now Im regretting my purchase due to the complexity of the tests. But I have managed to get the readings after thoroughly reading the instruction manual a few times over.
PH: Above 8.0 PH (Dark Red color)
Alkalinity: 50 PPM (Calcium Carbonate)
Calcium Hardness : 200 PPM
CYA: >100 PPM (the Taylor K-2006C kit sucks and will not let me read any notches below 100 PPM)
I understand the 1st thing I need to do is to get the PH down with muriatic acid, but after that what else should I do to get the levels right so that I can SLAM the pool? Please help me!!