I put up my first pool ever a couple weeks ago (June 28). Its an Intex ABG, 18' x 48" Round. I used this site to make sure I got it level within 1" or so.
I filled it up halfway on the 28th, due to the fact I didn't know I didnt have the inlet or strainer when I started filling it. It sat half full until July 9th when those parts came in, and I finished filling it up. I haven't put ANY chemicals in it whatsoever.
I got my test kit in today (Poolmaster 22260 Basic 5-Way Test Kit with Case) and here are the results, as best I know how to read them:
Chlorine - 0.0, water was clear
PH - 7.8 as best I can tell
Acid Demand - took 2 drops, and charts suggest between 1 cup (for 5,000g) and 1 pint (for 10,000g).
Combined Chlorine - 0.0, water was still clear
Bromine - 0.0, water was clear
Alkalinity - took 8 drops for water to change, says multiply this by 10, so 80?
I have NO clue what to add to the pool to make it right. Can someone help me? Do I need to shock it? Add bleach? Take it to a pool store and let them advise me? I'd rather do it myself, but I don't have a lot of spare time to research what I need to do.
Thanks for the help in advance.