I just bought a house with an above ground pool and first time pool owner. With the help of my neighbor and Leslie's I got all of the chemicals balanced and in good shape with the exception of some debris/dirt on the bottom of the pool which I have been vacuuming for the past two days (almost done).
I have a couple questions, my first is I can't keep the chlorine levels stable, after maybe a week they drop close to zero and I have to add some powder shock to kick them back up again. I have a pool float with 4 - 3 inch tabs in it, aperture opened all the way. If I had to guess, I would say the debris/dirt at the bottom of the pool is killing off the FC. I can't get all the dirt at once because it gets cloudy after I do about a third and I have to wait till it settles/filters again.
Second, does it matter what the tab sizes are that are left? It is going on 2 weeks and all 4 are still over an inch in size.
Third, does it matter if the float is attached to anything? I have it attached to a long nylon string because it kept getting stuck in the skimmer opening. So it is more or less stationary now.