Well, I'm converting from a baquicil to chlorine, using the great resources and guidance here at TFP.
I drained the pool to about 8-12 inches depth and refilled, finally getting it up to filter depth on Sunday. Added the first batch of bleach Sunday evening, shocked again this morning, this afternoon, and this evening. BQ is reading 0 using their test strips. I haven't seen any of the pretty colors that people talk about--water is just quite cloudy at the moment. I'm having a simultanous filter problem that is probably acting as a confounding variable in this whole process. Im ordering my TF100 this evening, so all of these reading are from test strips:
I added bleach at noon, and tested when I got home from work at 6, and read FC between 1 and 3 (pool does not get a lot of sun).
Added two gallons of bleach to get total up to around 15 at 6 PM. Just took a test five minutes ago (9:30 PM) and got these readings:
TC=10 (max strip reading)
FC=10 (max strip reading)
PH=8.4 (although that actaully read low, around 6.8, before I added the bleach)
I'll test again in the AM, and see what I see. I can't wait to offer my remaning BQ chemicals on Craigslist.
One question. I've got a bunch of BQ PH increaser and decreaser, that says it's safe for chlorine pools--does that sound right?
Thanks again for this great site, and your advice.