Hello!!! posted on intro area... Here's what we have so far:
just had pool installed last Sat. Started pool up with BioGuard Smart Sticks small box that came with pool after 30 min talk with pool store on what to do as the box was not the same stuff as the book said
Initially added 2 bags shock, full bottle of the 28/10 algaecide and 2 smart sticks per pool store instruction.
Our pool is in full sun nearly all day... at first we ran pump all the time but sticker shock hit hubby at the rate of 1 kW per hour so he got a good manual timer and put it on that. Last night was the only time since Sat that we did not have the pump on continuously. Around 7pm he turned it off while DD played vigorously in the water. The pump came on at 9pm so water was only still for about an hour. It ran until 3am then was off until 9am then ran until 3pm and was off again until I had him turn it on tonight at 8pm for a chemical add I will address later in this post. There is about 2/3 of each of the 2 smart sticks left in the basket as of now.
Went today for first water test, here's the numbers we got:
Temp: 70 deg
Sat Idx: -0.8 (ideal: -0.3 to +0.3)
TDS: 200 (ideal: <2500)
CYA: 0 (ideal: 30-200) Wow, that's a big range... is it better to be high or low?
TChlorine: 0 (ideal: 1-3)
FC: 0 (ideal: 1-3)
pH: 7.4 (ideal: 7.4-7.6)
T Alk: 80 (no range given)
Adj T Alk: 80 (ideal: 125-150)
THardness: 78 (ideal: 175-225)
Optimizer+: not tested
Quat: not tested (ideal: 4-6)
Green Algae: none
Black Algae: none
Mustard Algae: no
They told me to do the following:
--Add 12 lbs Balance Pak 100 for Alkalinity directly to the pool (water was cloudy after we added it)
--at least 45 mins later Add 3# stabilizer very slowly through the filter (the print out said 6# but the guy sold me and told me only to add 3# and run filter for at least 24 hours**Hence no timer tonight or tomorrow) (water was still cloudy after adding this too)
--at least 45 mins later add 7# Balance Pak 300 for Hardness directly to pool (I will do this tomorrow as I added shock tonight because the TC/FC were 0 and DD will want to swim tomorrow)
--at least 45 mins later add 2 bags Burn Out Extreme through the filter (I did this 45 mins after the stabilizer tonight instead of after the Hardness increaser) Pool had returned to clear when I went out to add shock.
Then the print out tells me to maintain 1-3ppm Chlorine with Silk Tabs (no amount given) and 2 bags of Smart Shock weekly maintaining 1-4ppm residual.
PHEW!!! ok... I am ready for BBB Freedom from Pool Store Sticker Shock We'll take any advice you all can muster.
Thanks so much for ALL your help in advance!