I've been reading through the pool school, etc. and have an issue I was hoping to get your feedback on. I have my water tested at Pinch a Penny for me and do their recommendations but lately it seems like each one of their recommendations leads to me buying more stuff to counteract the effect they just told me to do. I don't know if this is coincidence or something is amiss but thought I'd ask you pros. My water was in really nice shape and they're printout told me to add a cup of acid, so I did. Then tested it 2 days later and their print out said to add 2 cups of acid, I found that odd b/c there has been no rain or anything but ok I did it. So I had it tested today and now my total alkalinity is low so they told me to buy Total Alkalinity increaser (which I did) and add 5 lbs to the pool. I just wanted to check with you guys before doing this b/c it seems to me the acid I added caused what I'm having to do now (just taking an un-educated guess could be totally wrong?) and don't want to chase things. I bought my own 6 way test strip but I've never been good at reading them, they seem like they're difficult to get accurate to me. So is it just coincidence that I need to add base now that I've added the acid they told me to or ? Here was my numbers that the lady at the store gave me on the print out, although my test strip seems to show my stabilizer closer to 50-60 but that is with me reading it so who knows:
TA 60 PPM
CH 250 PPM
Stabilizer 100 PPM (my test strip shows 50-60 to me)
Any help/guidance is appreciated as this is my first pool, thanks and love the forum.