Thanks for all the information on this forum. I have a 24,400 gallon chlorine pool. From what I have learned here, I was able to completely open and clean the filter grids successfully!!! So now, I am attempting to convert to the BBB method and eliminate my pool company completely. Bought the TF100 test kit based on the advice on this forum and ran my first test today. Here are the results:
Based on the instructions on the test kit, all the numbers above are within acceptable ranges except for TA, which is high. I have read several ways to lower TA, all of which sound similar to adding muriatic acid to lower pH and aerating. My questions are as follows:
(1) Following the BBB method, what is the best source of muriatic acid and where is the best place to buy it cheaply?
(2) The method for aerating sounds complicated. I have a decorative rock fountain at the head of my pool that recirculates the water when the pump is on. Will this suffice to aerate?
(3) Are there any other numbers above that I need to pay attention to?
(4) So far I have been using chlorine tabs from the pool company. I plan to switch to bleach. How much do I need to add weekly?
Thanks for the help.