I finally got my Taylor TF-100 Kit (and I added the Salt Kit) yesterday and did my first test. I also had Leslie's do it before hand so I would have something to compare/contrast against. This is for a brand new (6 month old) fiberglass in-ground pool.
Here are the results and keep in mind this was my first time doing my own tests...
Salt: 3200 (Leslies reported 2700 and suggested a bag of salt -- sales technique?)
CH: 625 (Leslie's reported 350) -- NOTE: this is a Fiberglass IG pool
CYA: 80 ppm
TA: 100 ppm
pH: 8.0 -- added muriatic acid last night after dark
EDIT: I just tested our tap water and the CH was 200.
The one that is off the charts is the CH. I know for a fact that our water in North Texas is quite hard and I do see some scaling around the waterline tile and there was scaling inside the SWG when I cleaned it last week, but how do I get the CH down to an acceptable level?
Do I have to drain it down a bit? I can only drain a few inches via the skimmer since we do not have a floor drain.
Or, are there chemical options here?
This is all new to me so wanted to ping the experts!!