To begin, I bought this house in Northeast Ohio this past January, 2015.
I have absorbed as much information as I can from family and boards like this, and I feel fairly confident.
Previous owners have not opened the pool for at least the last two seasons. A peek under the mesh cover shows a small/moderate layer of dirt all around, and a slight, but not overpowering green tinge. (some furry growth in the skimmer on and around the winter "gizmo". They had left a bunch of Sodium-Hypo shock, Tri-Chlor pucks (which worries me), and baking soda.
I had hoped to open, brush, vacuum, and take readings for initial SLAM yesterday. As it turned out, the sand filter was in desperate need of new sand. So I spent most of my day on that and making sure equipment was ready.
At the end of a very sweaty/sandy day, I still wanted to get an initial chemistry reading to know where I stand.
Pump has not run, so water has not circulated for a long time.
Water was cold, certainly below 70F, but I didn't take a temp reading.
Before I even post the results, should I trust the numbers I got, or ignore until I scrub/pump/filter significantly?
FC/CC - both 0
Ph - <7, base demand test took over 40 drops to show any change. (however, I read that the reagent doesn't even show yellow if Ph is <6.8, not sure if that is accurate.)
TA - didn't register, started at pink (which is 4.5 or below, from what I read)
CH - started purple, remained purple, never definitively red or blue)
CYA - I didn't try the diluted test last night, but the standard test read at way over 100. (took less than half the distance from the bottom of the tube to the 100 line on the K-2006 tube. I did NOT let the water come to room temp, though. Doh!)
I'll apologize to begin with, as I know I've already done things in a less than optimal manner, and I may be worrying preemptively. But, the more information I can get, the better. Any and all help is appreciated!