While I'm not a new pool owner and not totally new here I still have not taken your advice totally.
I'm ready to start.
Every year I uncover my pool and it is a mess. We have a ripped cover and I know that does not help at all. I added a leaf net for the winter this year to help catch the bigger stuff. It helped but the pool is still green and I cannot see the bottom. I'm wondering what else I might be doing wrong closing the pool.
Now be nice, I only have dip strips right now. I ordered, TAYLOR TECHNOLOGIES INC K-2006 TEST KIT COMP CHLORINE FAS-DPD and will start learning how to use it when it arrives.
As of now the chlorine level is very high, pretty much off the chart on the strip. I will need to check again to get the exact reading it has. From the strip my alkalinity is low. I have 36 pounds of baking soda ready, I know I probably do not need all of that, but I have it ready. Again based on the test strip my PH is low as well. Should I do anything or just wait? I can take a sample to the local pool store and have them give me the values, until I get the kit. I have had the pool filter running for about a week mostly on. My pump needs some attention, it is very loud. I do not have a vacuum to waste option as people have mentioned before to me. I have been running the robot to try and help grab some of the stuff, using the leaf rake to pull out what I can but it is going very slow. What else can/should I be doing to help this along? Other than the test results what other information would be useful?