Well, I finally did it... I convinced my cheap self to purchase a high quality test kit. I was a little overwhelmed at first, but taking the readings was actually very easy. Now I'm on to using the pool calculator, and below are my readings (and the calculator's suggestions). I just want to ensure that I'm on the right track, so any feedback is appreciated.
FC: .5 - Pool calc suggestion: 96oz of 6% bleach
CC: .5 - Not tracked on Pool calc. Why? Also why is TC not tracked?
PH: 7.0 - Pool calc suggestion: 45 oz of Borax
TA: 40 - Pool calc suggestion: 12lbs of baking soda!
CYA: 75 - Pool calc suggestion: Drain 47% of my water... I'd love to avoid doing this, of course.
A few concerns or questions that I have:
Do these numbers and suggestions sound accurate? 12lbs of baking soda seems kind of crazy.
My water is a little cloudy... does that match up to what you are seeing in the numbers above?
I thought you only used Borax OR baking soda, not both at the same time. I'm probably wrong here.
CYA - I added 4lbs Friday/Saturday (2lbs each day), and it's only Sunday and I'm reading 75. My concern is this number will go up over the next few days... the dang test strips are still reading ZERO!!! Glad to be done with them.