So we have been on this site since we put our pool but since we had already bought the "chemicals" opted to use them up before adopting the pool free method. Big Big mistake. Our CYA totally got out of control after an algae outbreak that we were unable to overcome. Since the recommended fix was a 60% water change and we also were having a sinking pole problem we decided to empty it. We are also in AZ and have a while left of swimming with our pool heater.
So here we are with our pool almost filled and lots of bleach standing by. We just turned the pumps on. One question is what is the best way to get the CYA in the pool that we actually need? Is it ok to use a couple bags of the nasty "shock" since we already have it? Some people I have seen recommend it for that purpose only. We want to get it right this time and use this method.
Also when should we test the water? I have the TF-100 kit and have been trying to get the hang of the different tests.
Thanks for your input.
Here is the pool nowAug Refill 2014.jpg
And here is a picture from the initial fill )