I just bought 8 acres with a house and a pool. The pool is filled with algae and thousands of tadpoles. I have read through the Pool School and tried to educate myself. I also purchased a test kit, a bucket of chlorine granules, a huge bag of Arm & Hammer baking soda, and leaf rake/skimmer. Since I couldn't figure out how to pump the water out, I siphoned about half of it out with some garden hoses, then climbed into it and started removing as much algae as I could with the leaf rake/net thing, but now I realize it's just going to grow back so this is no solution. I used my test kit and if I'm reading it right, it says that my PH level is 8.2 or above.
Since it's late August, I'm mainly thinking about restoring it to some decent condition so that I can winterize it. I've spent hours reading and tinkering with this pool but I'm still not 100% sure what the very first thing is that I should be doing. I kinda need someone to hold my hand through this.
Thank you for your patience with a pool newb.