I am going to try to follow the advice on here:
I've read it a bunch but need to keep refreshing myself on it.
And I am hoping to get a little extra help along the way in this thread.
I am hoping to swim in the pool in 10 days or less and am ready to do the work on it.
Inground, approx 23000 gallons, old vinyl liner.
It's a medium to dark green currently and you cannot see more than about 1.5 feet deep.
We are unable to get more of the bottom **** out of there because of not being able to see anymore.
I have around 33 gallons of bleach ready to go, I am hoping to add in many gallons tomorrow early evening.
The pool store tested the pool this afternoon, their results should be good I hope. Here they are:
CYA: 10, Total chlorine: 0.6, Free chlorine: 0, pH >8,
Total alkalinity: 237, Adj. Total alkalinity: 234, Total Hardness: 109,
TDS: 500, Saturation Index: 0.5
About 20 minutes before taking the water sample, I went ahead and added about 40%
of a container of "pH Down" because I had it, so my pH might be a bit lower soon. Of course
40% of one of these small containers isn't enough to get it down that much.
It is sunny weather last week and this week and the pool is going to stay uncovered unless we really need to cover it up. The winter tarp I have is a real pain.
I am 'over'filling the pool right now because I thought I might need to vaccuum it to waste.
The pool store told me that what I should do is a floc treatment. (Add bottles of floc, brush it all, then let it settle 1/2 to 2 days.) I would rather not spend the money on floc treatment and have to brush it and wait days. They say, then vaccum and bring another water sample so they can then sell me shock and other chemicals. I am guessing that you would advise that I skip this.
Obviously right now, my main concern is getting the pool in the right condition so that I can add the bleach.
I unfortunately do not have a really good test kit for CYA, my test kit seems good for everything except CYA though. And I am willing to go get a sample tested at the store as needed.
I have some PoolTime 50% algaecide (half a bottle which is only good for 5000 gallons) -- since I have it, maybe toss it in the pool tonight or in the morning?
I am ready to go buy some things tonight or in the morning. I still have no gotten any borax, baking soda, etc as I am not sure how much to get.
I will try to read more and maybe answer some of my own questions but it is a little overwhelming. I looked at the pool calculator page and I don't know what to put in for CH or Borate and maybe some other values.