Yesterday we opened the pool for the season, and drained out all but about a foot of water (in the shallow end), and we are now in the process of refilling. We still have about a foot of water to go yet. We decided to take a test to the pool store (mostly because I was dying of curiosity as to Baquacil levels). Anyway, this is the results of the test:
Sanitizer: 32 - which is in the ideal level range
My question is are we supposed to be looking at the sanitizer reading or the oxidizer reading, or both?
Tomorrow morning we're putting in the sodium percarbonate. They say to filter it for 24 hours, then recheck levels. If not at zero Baquacil, then filter another 24 hours. We are supposed to be backwashing during this, correct? If so, how often, just as needed?
Once we have zero Baquacil, we will start adding chlorine (I bought 4 gallons of liquid chlorine - it seemed more cost effective than buying bleach). Since the chlorine is still on sale for a couple days, I want to buy some more, but don't know how much more I might need to use once we're at zero Baquacil.
Lastly, regarding changing the sand: Do we change it before we add any chlorine? My PB says he probably can't get back out until the weekend to do the sand change. I'm just trying to figure out how important the timing of that sand change is.
Lastly, lastly I bought the TF100 test kit. Is there a tutorial for dummies? I know the test kit doesn't test for baquacil, but while doing the conversion, I can still test for other things, correct?
Any help is greatly appreciated. I'm feeling kinda lost.