Monday, September 22, 2008

Gatorade Pool

Today is the start of day 10 of converting my pool from Baquacil to Chlorine.  Its coming along slowly but certainly but it isn't without its moments.
Initially I did what I read should be done with the pool to begin the process, namely add 2 pounds of dichlor for every 10,000 gallons of pool water.  Well, mt 24' Round above ground pool is like 11,000 - 12,000 gallons and so I added 4 pounds of dichlor because I had read how much baquacil eats up the chlorine. Well, the pool did what they said it would initially do and it turned cloudy and green and scummed up.  I guess the chemistry is such that baquacil and chlorine combine to form this crap.
Anyway, I did this and from that time what has begun has been a constant adding of dichlor and now hypochloride as that is supposedly a super chlorinator and just saturday the pool is finally holding chlorine.  Its been a battle between the two and meanwhile I've been filtering like mad and changing the DE sand to improve filtration.  The gunk and DE that have spewed out of the filter waste into the lot next door is a nasty sight.
So yesterday I super super chlorinated and now after balancing the PH, it seems like I have clear water, that is gunk free, but that it is still green and it looks like I have a pool filled with 12,000 gallons of lemon-lime gatorade.  So seemingly if I keep the Chlorine levels high for the next few days, the green will go and it'll begin looking its normal clear self.
I sure hope so.  What a PITA but Baquacil was worse.