I opened May 2nd, to a light green pool. Decided to SLAM, and took FC to 28 for several days. Water cleared considerably, with just a little cloudiness. Here are my numbers on May 4th.
Left town for a week, and returned to the same level of cloudiness. I have a SWG, and had it set pretty low to like 20% while I was gone. I have cleaned the pool about 3 times since then, and have out most of the sediment and leaves. Backwashed filter and have been maintaining my numbers in the preferred range, but still hasn't gotten as clear as I had it last year. I started thinking filtration, and so I picked up some DE powder from the pool store and put about 4 cups into my skimmer hoping that it will help filter out some of the finer particles. I also thought I'd do the Overnight Chlorine Loss Test to see if I am dropping FC.
My numbers today
Calcium Hardness has always been high with my pool since my source water tests at 550, but has not been too much of an issue in the past.