Hello! I've been reading along here for the past year but I am a fairly new poster. So thanks for all of the great advice that I've read so far!
Here is my info-
12,000 gallon above ground pool
Just want to see if I am on the right track here-- started using TFP methods last summer after our pool turned into a swamp over the winter. Had a successful season but slacked a bit in August b/c it wasn't really a hot summer and no one was using the pool. By the time we closed it the water was cloudy and we just stuck the cover on and then had a horrible winter here in NJ.
Anyway we took the cover off today and its definitely not a swamp but its not crystal clear and pretty either. My husband usually does all of the cleaning and vacuuming of the pool and I do all of the chemistry but he informed me today that he's been adding a gallon of bleach every day and running the pump with the cover on for the past week.
I have the TF-100 and my first set of results were-
PH- 7.2, but I have a really hard time reading that test
Needed to start a SLAM to get to SLAM FC of 24. Husband was in the pool raking leaves and I didn't want to bleach him so I checked pool math and instructed him to add 188 oz of the 12.5% liquid chlorine and left the house for a few hours. Also told him to add 3lbs of Alkalinity increaser from the pool store leftover from last summer. Sounds good so far right?
Came home and tested the water and was a little shocked that the FC was up to 35! Husband announced that he put 2 gallons of chlorine in the pool which is 256 oz! Anyway I tried to test the TA and the liquid turned yellow instead of red. I am assuming that that's bc of the ridiculous amount of chlorine in the pool. But it changed at 110 so can take that number as the TA or its totally skewed?
Do I need to raise the CH? We have a vinyl liner so I am thinking I don't need to worry about it right this minute.
One last question- I thought I was ok with the 60 CYA but am already getting annoyed with the shock FC of 24. Should I drain some water? If so how much?
Thanks so much in advance!
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