We bought a home this past winter that has a 23' above ground pool.
We were not able to move in until this month, and since it was 400 miles from our previous home, what maintenance that I have done was sporadic and on the weekends.
I started with trichlor pucks and cal-hypo shock.
After we moved into the house, I discovered poolforum.com and the BBB method, which I wish that I had known about back in May. After messing around on that forum for a couple of weeks and finally figuring out that the Admin wasn't going to answer my request for registration, I found this site through a thread on that forum. So, here I am!
I have got a lot of the debris out of our pool, but can't seem to get my chemicals right.
I have one of the Wally world 5 way test kits.
Here are my current readings.
pH very low, below the 6.8 color on my kit
I am having difficulty getting my pH up, and getting my chlorine up.
I added 2 gallons of bleach a couple of hours ago, I am going to let it circulate overnight and test it at sunup, before the sun kills it all. I have tried trichlor and cal-hypo shock prior to switching to BBB, but have never been able to get the chlorine to shock levels.
I have added an entire box of Borax, 1/3 last night, the other 2/3 tonight. Hopefully my pH will look better in the morning. I also added 2 lbs of Alkalinity Up that I bought before I found out about BBB.
Since I am having problems with chlorination, I am keeping a huge puck (4.5" with a hole in the middle) in the skimmer basket to try and help my bleach and have some chlorination in the daytime.
Should I be running the pump 24/7 so that the puck will keep my chlorination happening in the daytime? I normally turn on my pump and add my chems after the sun goes down and let it run all night.
My water is looking better, but it is still cloudy. I have vacuumed twice, and brushed twice. I have an issue with water pressure in my home, so when I vacuum out to waste, it takes me 12 - 16 hours to fill the pool back up to skimmer level.
And now that I have changed jobs and moved, I am cash poor until July 7, so i am going to have to do what I can with the chemicals I have until then.
Here is what I have left.
5 gallons of 6% Ultra Walmart bleach
1 box of Borax
2 1/2 lbs of Alkalinity Up
5 giant trichlor pucks
3 lbs of CYA
3 lbs of PH down (like I need that!)
Help me with my startup, tell me if I have enough chems to be swimming by this weekend, and if I can stretch them until July 6.