I have read some of the FAQ and I have ordered a test kit that will be here by end of week. However, I added shock to my pool last night to help get the process going. I"m going to take you through the events of the pool over the last week.
Last Monday - Had pool company open the pool after 1 1/2 year of being closed. (Just purchased the house and the pool had been sitting).
Pool was dark green so the pool person added 8lbs of shock to help clear it up and removed most of the leaves and other debris in the pool.
Friday - Pool is now cloudy and I went to pool store to get a reading. The pool store said my PH was over 8.4 and instructed me to add 2lb of acid to the pool.
Saturday - I added 2 lbs of acid and 3 hours later added another 4 lbs of shock.
Sunday - Went to pool store and got another test:
Free Available Chlorine - FAC - Result - 0
Total available Chlorine - TAC - Result - 0
Calcium Hardness - CH - Result 170
Cyanuric Acid - CYA - Result 0
Total Alkalinity - TA - Result 100
PH - Result 7.8
Total Dissolved Solids - 450
Phosphates - PHO - 0
I measure my pool which is a free form but still a little confused on how to tell the gallons in the pool. My measurements are 35 ft x 15th - 4.5 ft deep in shallow end and 8ft in deep end.
The pool store suggested I buy 2 gallons of instant pool conditioner and 1 gallon of pool first aid. Now I have no idea what either does but I know at $110 for all three I wanted to know you all thoughts before I used it. The pool store person said something about me needing to raise my CYA.