I hope this is the right place to post this. I alluded to my problems in an introductory message but I though it would be better to start a thread here, forgive me if I'm on the wrong track.
My pool has been neglected for about a year and a half. I had started throwing money at my local pool shop once again before I discovered this group. I have learned a lot already (thank you for that) and I have decided to follow the practices outlined here. I have ordered a testing kit and expect it will be a week or so before it arrives here.
Meanwhile, I'm trying to ensure that what I have done to the pool thus far is not a waste of time (or too much money) and I've been trying to keep it in a state of shock until such time as the new kit arrives. The water is no longer dark green, it is still cloudy but it appears the algae has gone for the time being. There will be debris on the bottom, I have already removed lots of leaf waste and other stuff by scooping blindly but obviously because I can't see I'm not sure how much is left.
Over the holidays I have been arbitrarily adding bleach and running the filter 24/7, cleaning the cartridge as necessary.
I've just come back from the local store where I had a test done, the results are:
6.9 CC (says Total Chlorine on the print out, I assume this is the same)
325 CH (says Total Hardness on the print out, I assume this is the same)
I am about to add some acid to drop the PH to 7.3 before adding some chlorine ( amounts obtained from PoolMath).
I would be grateful if anyone could confirm that this is a reasonable strategy to keep things under control until my testing kit arrives.
Many thanks in anticipation.