First, I want to thank everyone for this great resource of a site. I bought a home with a pool a few months ago and am trying my best to get it all figured out. This website has been incredibly useful so far, but now I need some specific advise for my situation.
I bought a Taylor K-2006 test kit on Amazon last week and am getting comfortable with all of the tests, but the Chlorine test is simply not working for me. Below are the levels I am getting using this test kit:
Calcium Hardness: 170
(This is a manually chlorinated pool, no SWG)
After I add the powder to the test water, it turns nice and pink. When I go to add the reagent, it never turns clear. I added upwards of 70-80 drops, and it never turned clear. There is no way I have 35-40 ppm. I have one of the cheaper test-kits, and can confirm there is chlorine in the water (when I add 5 drops of "Solution one", it turns very yellow).
Out of curiosity, I had my water tested by at Leslie's Pools (I know you all recommend not trusting pool store tests, but I am simply looking for some confirmation of my testing). Below is their readings:
Calcium Hardness: 100
Any advise on what is going on here? Anyone ever have this happen? All of the reagents I am using are well within their expiration range, but could they be defective?
Also - any comments on my current chemical levels would be appreciated. Thanks