On May 19 the local pool company, who I only do business with when it comes to the physical process of opening and closing the pool, came out to open my pool. It was discovered that my sand media filter has an issue, and when the system was running would spew forth its sand contents into the pool. They informed my wife that there was an issue, and left assuring her they would be in touch. The pool was already looking pretty bad, I've been having a lot of trouble with my neighbors cats destroying my water tubes; so my pool spent a lot of time uncovered and had a lot of debris in it. After a week of waiting and calling the pool guys and only getting bits and pieces of information, and the lady at the front desk assuring me she was trying to get the information from the tech who had been at my house, I said nuts to this and went to Amazon and ordered a Hayward C4030 425 Sq Ft Cartridge filter, which arrived on May 28. I removed the sand filter and set to work plumbing in the new cartridge filter. I could write a novel of the story of installing the cartridge filter, but that will have to wait for another day. Suffice it to say I made a lot of trips to Ace Hardware, Lowes, and Home Depot between May 28 and May 31, and didn't do a whole heck of a lot of sleeping; and still at this point have a minor air leak on the suction side that I need to deal with, but I digress...
On the evening of Sunday, May 31 I was able to turn on the system and leave it running; so I was finally able to start my SLAM. I could not see into the bottom of either the deep end or the shallow end, and my pool was becoming a home to a large quantity of Predaceous Diving Beetles and other critters. My pool is 28000-30000 gallons, I haven't worked it out exactly; but the #s from the pool calc seem to work out pretty well for me when I use those numbers, so it must be close. I added 605 oz of 8.25% bleach, bled all of the air out of the filter and went to bed. In the morning I was running late so I couldn't check the FC levels, so I added another 142 oz of 8.25% bleach and went to work. Upon getting home this evening I tested the pool and FC is at 14, CC is at 1. My CYA is around 40, so I'm feeling pretty good about my FC at this point. I can see the bottom of the pool in the shallow end pretty well, and the deep end is also somewhat visible. Progress! Definitely planning to try to get established with another pool company for my winterizing and opening needs. Communication with this current outfit is like pulling teeth!
Photos: Opening the Swamp - 2015 - Album on Imgur