First of all, wanted to thank you all for your support, this is my first major pool that I have to take care of and appreciate all the help.
Firstly the tests:
CC: 0.5 (has been raining for past few days)
Bought a home w/ a pool with sky high CYA and had to perform an 80% refill.
My question is on the CH test. 10 drops of R-0010, 3 drops R-0011L (rather oily consistency, not a large drop), then count R-0012.
Firstly, with R-0011L, it doesn't turn a bright pink, more of a faded one, and when R-0012 is added, it quickly begins to lose its pink and goes into more of a faded purple. Again, as instructed keep dropping until you get blue. I'm assuming its a pale blue (not like primary color blue).
Which always leaves me with 5-7 drops total. I have tried the instructions to hold back the fading endpoint (though the test isn't presenting this issue where it changes color then goes back) still no change. I always drop until it turns to what I think is blue then have added 3-5 more drops to make sure it doesn't turn "more blue" then go w/ the dropcount when it stopped changing.
When it dropped to 125 w/ the rains, I added 4# of Calcium Chloride which did bring it up to 150-175. I am quite hesitant to dump a ton of Calcium in as "it doesn't go away" and I live in North-west Phoenix which is normally notorious for high CH fill water! Any clarity on this test would be great unless it really is this low and I am just being a worry wart!
Oh and I did test my fill water which also showed 150.