I was unable to get my pool opened successfully last year due to a mix of ignorance, inexperience, and a lack of money. I spent over $700 total in a little over 5 weeks buying stuff the pool store was sure would fix my problems. After not seeing any real changes, I cut bait and decided not to bother anymore. The pool went from a dark green to a foggy blueish green. This year, I want to take the bull by the horns, learn what this forum has to offer, and stop hemorrhaging money trying to get a little enjoyment out of my pool. I bought the house 4 years ago (this year), and the pool has been the biggest source of joy when open, but last year it was nothing more than a stressful and expensive problem. There is a large tree that dumps leaves into the pool year round, and that makes for a little more required maintenance.
Over the winter, I got a good deal on a new but damaged Hayward S244T filter assembly. The valve was cracked from being dropped during shipment. I've ordered the replacement, and will only have about $150 in the whole thing. I plan on getting this thing assembled and plumbed in to the pool for service this year. I have also ordered a TF-100 kit which is supposed to be here pretty quickly.
My questions really revolve around strategy. I have looked, and couldn't find anything regarding where to start. I will start by removing all the leaves I can from the pool & cycling the pump non stop. Then the fun begins.... Heres what I think is correct....
bring PH in close to desired level,
raise TA to correct level,
Recheck PH and get it correct
If I have overlooked a how to, my apologies. Any input is appreciated. Thanks