I will be opening my pool in approximately 2 weeks. Within the next week, I will be placing all the plugs, etc. at the sand filter and regular filter to save time. Then in 2 weeks, I will remove the cover (with a friend) and take out the skimmer gizmo's and all the plugs for the returns (total of 8). After this, I will turn on all the valves to the on position. In addition, I will take the handle on the sand filter from Winter to Filter. Lastly, I will prime the filter with water and turn on the system.
Once the system is running for an hour or so, I will take a sample of the water and test for PH, TA, CH and FC. The water looks clear. I will have to fill the pool with some water as the cover has holes so I drained excess water out prior to turning on the pump.
My question is as follows: What order should I be testing the water? This is what I am guessing by what I am reading.
1) PH first (Adjust if necessary)
2) FC - I will super chlorinate with 12.5%, probably 1.5 gallons
Should I adjust the water one step at a time? Or can this all be done at once? Of course, the filter will be running 24 hours a day. Am I missing anything? Thank you.