I don't have a TF-100 test kit, or anything like it. I don't plan on investing in one this late in the season. My question is for anyone that does not feel compelled to first advise I purchase such a kit. I just want to give my kids a little bit of fun before we have to take the pool down. I can tell you now that this is the one and only summer my kids will have had the experience of a pool in their backyard. After this, it's going in the trash. I will not do this again. I have spent so much money and what feels like all of my time trying to manage this small, cheap pool and can count on one hand the number of times I have allowed my kids to swim in it for fear that unbalanced water levels might harm them in one way or another.
With that being said, I realize there are no simple answers where chemistry is concerned, but I hope there might be simple suggestions. What I do know is that my chlorine is 1-2 and my pH is 7.8.
I'm sad, I'm burned out (and can't use my pool to cool off.)