I just got all the pool equipment hooked up and added the 5000 gallons of water I needed to bring the pool back up to the middle of the skimmer and the best news ever is (so far, knock on wood) NO EQUIPMENT ISSUES THIS YEAR!!
That's where the good news ends though. My water is slightly green (most people would just say "green", but after last year, I'm going with "slightly green.")
My number are:
FC - 0
CC - 0
TC - 0
pH - 7.2
T/A - 90
CH - 80
CYA - 0
NH - 4
Temp - 51 (Brrr!!)
Last year I had no CYA when I opened and about 4ppm ammonia, so at least I know what I'm up against. But I got it to a nice sparkling blue last year and I know I can get it there again this year. Not having to do a lot of plumbing, rebuilding a pump then having it fail again and buying a new pump will be a nice change.
My pool ate CYA all year last year (I felt like I should have just used pucks!!) I'm assuming that even though my pool was nice clear blue and sparkly, whatever bacteria eats CYA was hanging in there. I know I added enough CYA over the course of the year to bring it to 150, but could barely maintain 30 whenever I tested it (after waiting a week and all that. I never added enough to try to hit 150 ppm at once!!) This year, I'm planning to hold shock level a little longer after I'm "done" shocking and see how that goes. I'm still learning, but I loved how much less I spent on pool chemicals last year (so I could spend it on pool equipment instead.)
Friday is "Go clean Sam's out of bleach day." Get there early!! Actually, I'm going to start with 5 cases of the 3 bottles that are 6% and 182oz jugs. It's a start. I get to go back and read my old posts and see if I can figure out how many bottles I used last year. Should be close.
Good luck to all those opening this time of year!!