I finally bought the tf-100 test kit and it arrived yesterday. I did my first round of full tests to see how it worked, and all seemed fine except for two readings which were MUCH higher than the pool store tests. Results were: FC 11.5; CC 0; TA 120; CH 725; CYA 85.
The two that are so much different are the FC (pool store kept telling me between 4 and 6 for the last several months) and the CH (pool store kept telling me between 400 and 450 for the last several months). Those seem to be big jumps!
My CH has always been high. Talking with other pool owners from my part of FL, they have told me it is because of the hard water coming out of the taps! I do not have scaling problems, and other pool owners (and the pool store) do not seem too concerned, so I have not been too concerned.
I do have a bit of staining, but that is a question for a different forum. (I actually think that reading through the staining forum has helped me know a plan to solve that problem)
I am also using pucks currently, but after a trip that I am taking next week, I will switch over to liquid when I return. Will also plan a partial water exchange when I get back to try to lower the CYA.
So, my questions -- Are results this wildly different from the pool store normal and expected? Should I be worried about High CH reading? If yes, what is the best way to solve that, knowing that the water coming from the taps could be the problem?
Enjoying being part of this community! I have already learned a lot just from reading!