Hello Friends, this is a great community, look forward to your help. I have been reading up a lot on Pool School and just ordered a TF-100 test kit. I think I know what I need to do to maintain things but I could use a little help getting up and running.
I have a 24' round AGP. It was just filled with city water and then my neighbor "helped" getting it started. He put two bags of that shock solution in, a puck with a floater, and I've put 2 jugs of the higher concentration bleach in (this is all over the last 4 days or so). I'm running the cartridge filter around the clock right now. This was all before I read up and got informed about what I was doing. Today I am getting in a Poolmaster 22270 test kit from Amazon that I ordered before learning about the TF-100.
1- Does the new water even need to be SLAMed, or have I put enough chlorine in that I might as well do it anyways?
2- I was planning to use that cheaper test kit over the weekend while waiting for the TF-100 to get an idea where I am, but there is no CYA test in the kit so it seems pointless, should I just return it? Should I keep putting some bleach in while I wait for the TF-100 to come in?
3- Also see I should have tested pH before treating with chlorine, at this point should I wait for testing pH as well or get it started with some Borax as the tap water is normally too low? At one point should I test the pH?
4- I plan on just using bleach going forward, but should I leave that tab in for now to build some initial CYA?
5- Should I keep running the filter around the clock for now or cut it back?
Any other guidance you might have to get me started over the next week or so is greatly appreciated.