Hi folks! I've learned a lot from Pool School and the forums (thanks!), but I've still got some new-guy questions.
Questions are below. Some background, if you're interested:
I bought a house about 4 months ago and a couple weeks ago finally got around to tinkering with the long-neglected pool (some details in my sig). I got some bad advice from an acquaintance of mine and the local Leslie guy, I saw no progress in the condition of the pool, so I started doing my own research last week. Since then, I've been poring over Pool School like it was a bible.
I've got a leaf rake and have dredged up a couple large piles of sludgy-leaves. I think I've got most of the junk out, but I can't see to be sure.
I ordered some new cartridges and installed them about 5 days ago. The pump has been running non-stop for about two weeks.
I started shocking the right way on Sunday (2 days ago). Since Sunday I've gone through about 10 gallons of Walmart bleach and some of the unstabilized chlorine I bought before I found out about the bleach. I've ordered a Leslie K-2006 that will be here in a couple days. To hold me over, I've been using some test strips and a 5-way test from Walmart.
Here are my latest test results:
FC: been keeping it as close to 10 as I can
CYA: maybe 15 or 20, very close to 0
TC: off the charts orange
With the exception of the total chlorine, these results were taken from the strips, but I've confirmed them, where possible, with the drop kit.
The Ph was around 8.4, but I brought it down with some muriatic acid.
The CYA was closer to 20, but after some experimentation with what the valves do, I accidentally drained some water and had to replace it. I've got some chlorine tabs in the auto feeder, but I haven't noticed any increase in the cya from that. I'm going to buy some cya, but I wanted to wait until I had a test kit to more accurately measure the FC (I can keep the FC close to 10 with my current tests, but it turns into guessing if I try to keep it higher than that).
A couple weeks ago, the water was a dark green. New it is a little clearer, grayish/green in color, and there is a milky layer across the surface of the pool; from what I've read, these are all good signs, right?
However, I thought I would have seen more progress in water clarity since Sunday, especially since my pump and filter seem to be overkill for my pool size. Picture of its condition as of this morning:
- Am I on the right track in getting the pool clean? I thought I'd see more progress by now.
- There is a threaded hole on each side of of the pool. What are these things:
Here is my pad (the heater looks beyond repair):
- What does the valve position labeled "Pool Cleaner" do? I think it is actually the drain, is this possible and does it also do anything else?
- What does the "Water Feature" circuit do? There are no fountains or anything. I don't see anything happening when it is open.
- There are some bubbles in the pump window. Not a lot, but is there supposed to be none? A pool jet and a spa jet each have some small bubbles in the water stream (none of the other jets do). You can't see much, but here's a pic:
- I'm not clear on where to hook up the vacuum. Into the skimmer? Really? Is there a tutorial with pictures? I've read some without pictures and they have still left me a little confused.[/*:m:1hoodpwg]