first post - other forums I belong to get upset with repeats of previous threads, but I guess in this case, each conversion is unique. Background
- bought house in 2004, pool/spa came with the place
- we bought the Baqa-hype, including the "automatic dispensing" AD system. What an under-engineering piece of junk that adventure was (I think they are secretly owned by Disney - they both separate you from your money very effectively)
- first year (2004) - no problemo
- second year (2005) - not too bad, but the trend begins
- third year (2006) - mid-summer I get this weird "pink" stuff (NOW I know what that was) - Shock and sanitize the bejesus out of the pool. Never really cleared up and pool was essentially unswimmable all summer
- fourth year (2007) - I was largely out of town, didn't get used much, but the pool generally suffered from a "funk".
All along - test strips look good, add sanitizer when necessary, shock when necessary. I've had enough.
I am the owner of a recently arrived TF-100 test kit, read all about conversions, and am armed and ready to go. I'm an engineer, so the chemistry piece doesn't scare me (although I took chemistry sometime back in the pre-jurrassic era). I have purchased 30X1 gal jugs of 10% "pool chlorine" from Lowes and am ready for the fun to begin. I've got an old set of filters in place (they are the sacrificial first to go) and another set in the ready. I can take apart my filter, clean the cartridges in <1 hour.
first set of readings
pH - 7.8
chlorine = zero (duh)
200opps - actually was 120 - too many other numbers running around my brain
CH = ?? (I had a problem with this, I'm assuming the baquacrud interferres with the test. Tap water worked fine)
CYA = no test (duh)
Temp = 70F
I dumped in 2X1 gal jugs of the bleach tonite. The pool turned a really cool shade of yellow.
I figure I'll test in the morning, dump in 2 more gal before work. I'll then clean the filters tomorrow night; continue to repeat the process until I've exorcised the "goo" from my pool.
I assume I've got some time to worry about the CH and CYA.
I'll probably post more questions once I get cleared up. We get A LOT of sunshine here in Central CA and I'm guessing that will pose special issues for CYA/CL levels.
PS - I'd love to post some pictures, but I can't figure out how to get them put in at the right size.