I started out on 8 May 2014 with a dark green pool. I hooked up my pump and filled the pool to the middle of the skimmer with well water. My CYA then was not measurable (totally clear solution). So after scooping out leaves and such over the next week I was adding 8.5% bleach to keep the FC at 10. I swapped and cleaned the cartridge filter 3 times. I added about 4 lbs. of baking soda.
On 14-15 May we got about 4" of rain. I emptied water off the top to get it down to skimmer level.
I added about 1 lb. of cya granular stabilizer last week. As of 2:40 PM Tuesday, 20 May 2014, my readings were:
I added 60 oz. 8.5% bleach last night. FC went up to 16 and is still there this morning.
HOWEVER, water is still cloudy. I can see down about 18-24".
On Monday, 19 May, when I removed the cartridge the tower of the dirt catcher came out with it. I removed the tower and reinserted it with the other cartridge. PSI had been at 22 and went down to 12. There is no water leaking.
Should I replace the dirt catcher AGAIN (just did this 2 years ago) or can I glue it back together?? $80 is a lot to me right now.
15 May 2014 Before Rain
21 May 2014 After Rain