First of all, thanks again to everyone for all of the help you have given me over the last few weeks. I now have a sparkling clear and beautiful pool.
Turns out my Intellichlor cell has stopped working and can't be re-calibrated. Since I'm still in warranty, Pentair is shipping a new one soon. I'll be back in business and ready for the fine tuning of the water balance then. In the mean time, I'll just use bleach to keep the chlorine up.
The pool was improperly maintained by the former pool guy and I have to add some large amount of chemicals to get things close to right while I wait on my new SWG cell.
For reference, here are my latest test results.
FC - 5
CC - 0
PH - 7.5
TA - 50
Ch - 80
CYA - 30
Salt - 3900
Based on recommendations I've had from all of you and using The Pool Calculator (thanks Jason) I now know just how much of each item to add in order to balance pool.
3 lb. 7oz of Baking Soda - Muriatic Acid on hand to reduce PH.
16 lb. 14 oz of Calcium Chloride
4 lb 1 oz of CYA
I think that I'll tackle adding Borax at a later date.
I presume that I can add these dry chemicals directly through the skimmer.
Is there any magic in how it's done?
Should it be done in any particular order?
I wouldn't just dump everything in at once but should I spread it out over a couple of days?
By the way, what do you use to weigh things like the Calcium Chloride which comes in 25 lb bags?
Edit -- Am I over-thinking this stuff?