I've learned a lot reading through the TFP site, but I want to ask before putting chemicals in my new pool. Here's the story:
A friend gave me his 28-foot round AG pool. All I had to do was take it down, move it, buy a new liner, ... .... .
I've got the pool up and filled with trucked-in water (city drinking water). The water looks crystal clear. I bought a Taylor K-2006 test kit as suggested by many here. I didn't want the pool to go without any chlorine while I waited for my kit to arrive, so I dumped in 1 gallon of liquid chlorine. In hindsight, I am not sure if this was a good idea. My test kit is now here, and here are my results 2 days after the pool was filled:
- Free chlorine: 0 ppm
- Combined chlorine: 0 ppm
- pH: 7.5 (I am estimating that since it appears to my eye to be between the color for 7.4 and 7.6)
- Total alkalinity: 80 ppm (the Taylor directions say this is "as calcium carbonate"--I am not sure if that's important)
- Calcium hardness: 70 ppm (the Taylor directions say this is "as calcium carbonate"--I am not sure if that's important)
- Cyanuric acid: 0
I know I need to adjust the TA, CH, and CYA, and then look up how much FC to try to get. However, I am not sure what order I should do all this. Can I use the PoolMath calculator and adjust all of them together, or do I need to do it one parameter at a time?
Go easy on me, please--I am a first time pool owner. Thanks in advance!