I built my pool myself last August (2014) ... before I was able to get a cover and close it down, the weather turned cold and piled about 5' of leaves in the pool. I cleaned the leaves from the pool in May (the water was absolutely nasty and green ... couldn't see more than 2" below the surface!). Prior to finding the TFP website I was using a local pool store to help me clear up my pool - that was a mistake. They sold me a pint of some "green algaecide" ... which did nothing, 30 #'s of 'Alkanity UP', and 15 #'s of chlorine. I found this site, went through 'The Pool Schhol", purchased the Taylor K-2006 test kit. Using thew information on this site I'm beginning to turn my pool chemistry around - still cannot see the bottom of the deep end, and the pool is cloudy. I can't get an accurate reading on my CH. I called the Taylor company and their rep told me that I probably have some metals in my pool from the algaecide. He told me to purchase some sequestration agent - which I did - but the agent apparently did not clear up the problem with the metals. My qestion is: how can I clear up my pool and what can I do to get an accurate CH reading? Sorry for the long post ...
CH - turns 'purple' at 5 drops (50 ppm)