A bit of history: We bought a house one year ago with our first ever cement pond. Since we knew nothing about pool ownership or maintenance we got a service and not sure if it was them or an unnaturally rainy summer but we had green and brown pool action with great regularity. In the two months we were with them we were charged almost $500 in chemicals in addition to the visits themselves. that would have been shocking if the pool was blue and clear, but it was not most of the time. Fired the service and got a word of mouth referral for a free lancer. Sweet young man but unreliable and is unable to remember to let me know when he has been by so I don't duplicate his efforts or he mine. Soooo, decided like so many others before me in this forum to became successful at DIY.
So I just learned from reading TFP that I need to get the TF 100 test kit. All I have right now are the strips. So bear with me until i get more precise testing.
Pool is light, almost pretty green and cloudy. Yesterday I did the strip I had zero FC and high PH. I shocked the pool with too much shock (3lbs--should have done 2) and added a PH reducer. This am the FC was the highest the strip registered and all the other strip colors were in a range the strip bottle says normal. Pool still light green and cloudy. Cleaned the filter basket, skimmers, did backwash. Set the pool on "brush" and brushed the pool and spa. Left it on brush setting for a couple of hours. Returned to normal function and added algecide. Pool become VERY cloudy and little pockets of "suds" floating on pool surface. Spa has jetties of what looks like yellow brown suds. Tested again with the strips and now the AK is high.
I know I over chlorinated but other than that what have I mucked up?
Thanks in advance for your wisdom and input!!!