Hopefully this doesnít get too longÖ I bought a foreclosure with a pool. Itís been sitting for 7 months or longer with a crazy overengineered yet awful cover made out of 10mil plastic, wood beams going across the pool and wire mesh over that nailed into the wood stringers running across the pool. I got all of that off to expose the green swamp/frog breeding ground underneath. Got the pump running and everything, came back the next day to start SLAM after ensuring pump ran overnight with no issues.
When I started testing, my pH was below 6.8, and my TC was 0. Dumped 4 gallons of chlorine and a 6.5 lb container of CYA. Some of that went into the pool before I realized I shouldnít do that. I poured the rest into the skimmer with the basket removed per the instructions. Then it clogged up my pump basket, so some was lost when I cleaned that up. Iím sure after backwashing I lost even more. Now I know about the sock trick.
Anyway, hereís my test result so far. My FC is super duper high and Iím worried itís too much. Iím looking for some reassurance or advice on where to go from here. What about my TA? Can I get that up without the 27 lbs of baking soda poolmath says I need? Also, what do yíall think about using this: http://amzn.com/B0007PZN9Q to get the rest of the leaves out of the deep end? Have you ever pulled a live frog out of the pump filter basket, or is that just me?
This is all testing using a tf-100 (see, I did read the website before I got started, just not the part about CYA in the sock)
First test (5/4 AM):
After this test is when I added the CYA and 4 gallons of chlorine.
5.5 ppm FC
1.5 ppm CC
added 3 more gallons bleach and 2.25 lb box of borax, left the house for the night
This morning (5/5)
Added 3 gallons bleach without testing (I was in a hurry)
About 3 hours later I was able to test. My chlorine levels are now super high so I did the chlorine test multiple times because I was surprised by the results.
TC >10 (from k2006 test)
CYA 40 (maybe 50 if itís not fully obsurced and only partially, still not sure Iím doing this test correctly)
FC: 22, 25, 21, 22 (all different results)
CC: .5, .5, 1
If youíre still reading, thanks, and hereís some pictures of my fancy frog pond: