First, let me say that i never really thought that there was a forum for pool owners. I belong to several other forums for cars and motorcycels and the like ... so here i am ... the NOOB on TFP.
So allow me to preface this with i had a pool in my childhood ( 25 yrs ago ) so i have some knowledge of how to keep up with a pool. The chemicals ... not so much. My wife and i bought our home last Oct and much to our delight it came with an above ground pool. From what we were told by the seller the pool has not been open for 3-4 years! I peeked under the cover the other day and much to my suprise the water is almost crystal clear! The seller did say that the first cover was damaged during huricane Sandy ... and i can clearly see leaves and debris on the bottom of the pool in spots. But, i can also see the blue/white design of the vinyl liner!
So i have been lurking here for over a week and i feel like my head is going to explode with all the information i have read and then add the "Pool Math" on top of it and i have the deer in the head lights look and i am not sure how much chemicals to use. Here are the basics of the pool to the best i can figure out.
27' round 4' high
roughly 17,000 gals.
HAYWARD pump and sand filter
So last weekend i went out and bought a HTH 6 test pool testing kit. Here are the results which boggle the mind seeing as how the pool is almost crystal clear.
FC = 0
CL/BR = 0
CYA = 0
Ph = 5? *
hardness = 50ppm? **
* i say 5 because there was a yellowish tint in the test sample, but it did not register on the scale.
** I say 50ppm because that was the result from adding the drops one by one until the sample changed from red to blue.
So, my question for the Pool Gods is this ... given the fact that the water is clear but has no FC .. CC .. or CYA is there an abreviated SLAM? I have tried to use the pool math calculator but i honestly do not know what my target numbers should be. I will be taking the cover completely off this weekend as temps are expected hit the 70s for the first time.
If i have left anything out, or asked a really dumb question i appologize in advance. Thanks in advance for your help. It will be greatly appreciated.