First time opening the pool by ourselves! Took the cover off, took the plugs out, did an initial test with the Taylor 2006, and sent hubby to the store to get lots of bleach. FC = 0, PH is less than 7 (bright yellow), TA is between 20 and 30. Water is a bit murky, can't really see the bottom in the deep end. I was hoping it would not be so cloudy since the weather is still cold. Oh well, will start slam tonight, once I get the filter charged with DE.
We took the filter apart cleaned it when we closed the pool in the fall.
So here are my questions:
1. The chart on the filter recommends 3.6 pounds of DE. I know that you guys usually suggest 80%, so that would be 2.88 pounds. Is that the amount to put in the slurry? Or should it be 3.6 because we cleaned the filter in the fall?
AND -2. I am assuming that it is ok to start the filter/pump when there is no DE in it? I can add the DE through the skimmer bucket as soon as I determine that there are no leaks etc in the system through an initial start-up?
3. Is it ok to add DE while starting SLAM?
4. Anything else I may have forgotten?
5. I am assuming that I should ignore the PH temporarily until the SLAM is done?
Thanks in advance for your help