Soooo, hi. I'm new. I can't thank you (whomever "you" is) for putting the time and effort into making this site. One day our pool was clear and a tiny bit cloudy and BAAAMMMM!!! - the next day it's a swamp. Don't tell my husband, but I was tired of watching him fight this puddle of water. Here was his routine: come home from work and "check the pool", ie. dump a Tonka truckload full of pucks in the floaty thing and sprinkle dust in the water and vacuum. I knew something was wrong with either him or him. So, I decided that I don't have enough to worry about but I'd like to take on the giant humidity maker in the backyard. I asked Google what to do and he told me about TFP. Google is smart. Thank you, Google. I spent about three hours reading and going from understanding to being confused as-all-get-out and then understanding again. I obediently ordered the test kit and started dumping bleach in the watering hole until it arrived. I opened the kit like it was a delicate golden egg full of fun and possibilities. I spent time getting to know Precious and learning her ways and running every test available. The satisfaction is glorious; an entire science lab in my kitchen.
I'm slamming the pond right now. I started on the Saturday the 11th at 6:00pm. The CYA was -20 when I started...Jeez. When I started, I had put the CYA in a sock like instructed, but I put that sock into the floaty puck thing... THIS DOES NOT WORK. I then took said sock and tied that sucker with a zip-tie to the leg of our removable ladder and placed it in front of the water return where it can get the heck beat out of it. THIS raised my CYA from below 20 to 30 in less than 24 hours! I am maintaining a CYA of 35 now and I am bouncing between 14 and 16 for my FC. I have tested 9 times since I started at 6:00pm on Saturday, the last one being at 5:50pm this evening.
Finally, my question: It is my understanding that when NOT slamming and Pool Math decides the water needs some CYA, I should add the CYA and then NOT test for the CYA again for a week. However, WHEN slamming, should I still be checking AND adding CYA (if suggested to add) at least twice a day? Or should I not add anymore CYA for a week, as if I weren't slamming? Did I just implode your brains with the double negatives? I don't mind testing for the CYA, I just don't want to over-do the CYA...of course, now that I've said that, I remember that Pool Math is always right...so it doesn't matter, huh?
I'm only focusing on the FC and CYA right now, so I don't have a full set of numbers for you right now. I do know that my CC was zero at last test time because I wanted to play with it.
Okay...blast away; I'm terrible about long posts.