I had a quick question about shocking the pool. I am waiting for my TF-100 kit and it will arrive this Friday. Right now my pool has been progressively getting green, part ignorance on my part and also part not know how or laziness. I posted last week and I got quite a few positive returns about how I should maintain my pool. My question at hand now is for someone that regularly uses granular shock. My dad will be over tomorrow and is dead set on putting a huge dent in our problem and getting ahead for the following week.
The local pool store carries PoolLife brand Tubro shock that is 76%. This stuff really annihilated the black algae I had last year and it cleared up after a few days. I am going to switch off tablets after they run out and use liquid based chemicals in the form of concentrated bleach and vertex. Since my Dad said he's gonna pop for the shock I am not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. Of course we plan on vacuuming and scrubbing and suspending all of the nasty algae and giving my DE filter a thorough backwash, so any comments can leave that out. I plan on supplementing the 10lbs he is going to purchase and I am going to get 5lbs of the 72% they sell in town where I work. By the time I get off work all pool stores are closed and I am stuck with Wal-Mart brand. I know a lot of people here aren't a big fan of pool stores but I want to take the haze out of the equation so when my test kit comes I can jump right into the thick of things and begin the process. I am also going to buy 2 cases of vertex. They come in 4 jugs @ 10% chlorine. My plan is to use the 10lbs over night and run the filter and the pump 24/7 if it gets gunked up which I am sure it will, I am going to backwash and then put in my 5lb to supplement the 10lb that was put in over night. Then the following morning I will add one case of the vertex and then the other the following night. By that time it will be Friday and I can get down to the nitty gritty wit the TF-100 and test the FC level. If I need to start a SLAM then I will, but I doubt it. Last year 10lbs of this and some granular chlorine did the trick in about 5 days. Going forward i'll use a heavy dosage of 8.25% bleach that I calculated on the pool math website to keep the FC right at 4 until I can pass the OCLT.
Any comments are welcome I just want to see some progress as summer is almost over and I will close the pool typically mid September. I haven't had any luck or fun in the pool so far and I opened it back on June 30th after a brand new DE filter purchase. I hope you all can see my frustration and my lack of patience since time is dwindling on me. I wish I lived in a climate where pools flourish year round but that isn't the case, I will have to close mine since St. Louis can get some nasty winters. I look forward to any and all remarks.