I had the pool opened this year, and have resolved to do everything myself from here on out. From what I understand, they threw 2 gallons of 12.5% shock and an unspecified "strong algaecide" into the pool. When it was uncovered it seemed a little green, but is now fairly blue and while not what I would consider sparkling (like when it was in season last year), not cloudy or anything.
Current TF100 results are:
FC - 0.5
CC - 3.0
pH - 7.2
TA - 100
CH - didn't test (can do if required)
CYA - 23 (best guess, I feel like the test is pretty subjective; this is when I REALLY couldn't see ANY hint of the dot)
I'm stuck on the next order of operations. I use the poolcalc to show methods to raise pH, raise stabilizer, and then SLAM? Can I do everything sort of at once, or should I do like pH then CYA then SLAM?
Last year I was pretty happy with the pool store's results (BioGuard dealer), I'm sure I got raked over the coals, but I was just starting to read TFP as I was getting the pool running so I decided to see how it went with their recommendations. They gave me a nice printed sheet with what to add, how long to wait, in what order, etc. I guess that's the expertise I'm looking for now. FWIW I have left over chlorine sticks from last year (I believe they're the Silk Smart Stiks), but I'm not married to using them up if they're going to cause unpredictable results or add extra garbage.
I'm not desperate to jump in the pool ASAP, the water temp is still only 60 deg and I don't anticipate hot weather here in MA until probably 2016 (at the rate our spring is going). Hence, I'm happy to take my time.
Thanks in advance for your help, I'm looking forward to playing with my ten thousand gallon chemistry set all summer.
I know you guys love pics, but I hadn't thought to snap any yet, all I have are last year's swamp to sparkling comparison somewhere...