Hi. Well, am I relieved to have found this site before spending more than 45 euros!!
Rented a house in Southern Spain with an outdoor in-ground pool. We emptied it as the water was grody and the pool was full of leaves etc. It has taken 6 weeks to fill it back up again as we are rationed for water each day.
However, it is now full, the pump is working, we have back washed and rinsed the sand filter today (just found that thread!) and have a very basic PH and chlorine kit only.
So, next pay check we will order a better kit so we know more about our levels. The water is cloudy although the bottom is slowly becoming obvious with 3 x 1 hr runs filtering each day and vacuuming the bottom at the same time.
We think there is about 80,000 litres but I have no idea what any of the equipment is to fill out my sig so that is my next task.
Great forum. Once I know all our levels I am sure I will be back with questions! At the moment all we know is chlorine is too low and PH is too high so I have added 4 more chlorine tablets in a highly unscientific attempt at improving the situation whilst I read more!