Ok... we started with a swamp and were making some progress (nice blue but very cloudy by last Friday)when we had to leave for the weekend etc... I ordered my test kit TF-100 and have it in hand now (instructions would have been nice though... I found them here but IN the kit would be handy).
The pool survived the weekend with my step-son backwashing it twice a day and adding a gallon of 8.24% bleach each evening. He did turn the pump off at night since we are needing to backwash so often still.
When we got home we had lost about 4in of water but still had some FC. We found a tiny leak in the hose from the filter to the chlorinator after we refilled the pool. By this morning we lost about 6in and the leak was big. We were below skimmer level when we woke up.
Soooo.... I got supplies for SLAMming today(borax, bleach and baking soda and my TF-100 kit... am I missing anything else I need?). Bought new hose and hooked it up (fixed leak) and are now refilling the pool...again.
I know I need to start with balancing my pH... a) can I do that this evening after pool fills? And B) how do I know how much borax to add? (if I do the big pool calculator it tells me everything but wasn't sure if I'm just balancing pH if I should go by that number??)