I came across your site earlier this week looking for information on Automatic Pool cleaners as I was picking up a new Kreepy Krauly to help hopefully reduce some of my "Weekend vacuuming" chores! After I got that information though I became intrigued by "Pool School" and the "BBB Method." I'm a pool newbie essentially... my wife and I purchased our house at the end of 2008 and I've been trying to "learn the ropes" since. I had gotten sucked into the "Tabs and Shocking" method by the local pool store but now feel like I am starting to understand a little more about what's happening with my pool.
Being a CPA I basically have neglected the pool from January until recently and had found a dirty and kinda green pool last weekend. I of course added some tabs to the chlorinator and shocked it and it "seemed" like the pool was clearing up. I read about the BBB Method on my lunch break yesterday and saw a post about the green not necessarily being gone even if the pool is "clearing up." I literally laughed out loud when I got home yesterday to find I had a "Green Pool" again.
I added some liquid Chlorine (which I was depressed to see only had 10% and I have been paying much more than standard Bleach for it!!) last night and a packet of shock (still have a couple more on hand) to try to bring up the Chlorine levels to begin killing the Algae.
I don't yet have the fancy tester in hand, so I took my water to Leslie's this morning to have it tested and here are the results:
FC - 5
CC - 0 (EDITED from 5 down to 0)
pH - 8.0
TA - 140
CH - 50
CYA - 50
I have on hand in my garage: PH up powder, PH down powder, Shock, Liquid Chlorine (10%), Clorox (6%) and 20 Mule Team Borax (my newest additions)
Where do I need to go from here? I plan to order one of the fancier test kits soon but for now do have one of the cheaper $30 kits that I could use to test Chlorine levels daily.
Thanks for any and all help and guidance!