Just converted my pool last season from softswim to chlorine, took quite a while to get it to clear up and get rolling. I loved the chlorine last year never really had any issues. This year I can't keep my free Chlorine in the pool, yesterday i took pool water into Leslie's to get tested since I have been using test strips and have come to the conclusion there not to accurate. Water test results:
I have an 18 ft round AG pool, I estimate it at 8000 gallons, I'm on well water here and that's what I filled it with. I didn't get the skimmer cover on tight last fall and lost quite a bit of water over the winter, estimate I added 2000 gallons. Water was green after the fill used Sea Kleer to remove metals and water cleared in a day and a half. started shocking the pool but never showed any FC in the morning. since last Sunday I've added 12 bags of shock and 3 gals of liquid chlorine and still no FC. Leslie's said TA to high and gave me powder acid to lower it and soda ash to raise PH after. recommended 10lbs of acid to lower TA put , I put in yesterday afternoon and checked later w/strips and seemed to be around 120 so I added soda ash last night and this morning my readings are
From reading in here I can live with the TA at 160 but I need to get the PH up without raising TA, I've been seeing people using the 20 mule borax to do this. What is the formula to add the borax and having reduced my TA will this help with my FC, I haven't add any chlorine since yesterday morning.
After typing this I think I'm more confused!
Thanks for any help and a Happy Father's day to all you fathers.