I've decided to take care of the pool, normally my husband would do it but am going to be the go-to pool girl from now on. I'm really nervous to make a mistake; I know all the info is here in the TFP site but I need a little hand holding if I could. We have a SWG, I bought muriatic acid (20 baume, 31.45%), borax, baking soda (arm & hammer), calcium chloride (dowflake), stabilizer & conditioner (HTH).
Just for the sake of comparison for my own curiosity, I brought in a water sample to my local pool store today, then about 30 mins later, I did my own testing with the TF-100 kit.
Pool store results:
Total Chlorine: 3.4
Free Chlorine: 2
PH: I have a hard time reading this one but would say 7.7-8.0
I'm shocked at the differences between the store and my results. Ok so here's what I'd like to confirm.
1)I believe my FC is a bit high and should lower my SWG percentage to around no more than 5?
2)PH obviously needs to go down. For lowering my TA I'll bring PH down to 7.0-7.2 and aerate
3)Aerating can be done by leaving cover off and turning on my slide and waterfalls, right?
4) not sure if my CH is ideal?
5)will bring up my CYA to 70-80. I bought muriatic acid in liquid form and I think this one scares me the most. As per the pool calculator, it calls for 2500 ml, which I will slowly pour in front of a jet and watch for splashing (in deep end, right?).
Otherwise my pool water has been clear but have been noticing a filmy kind of look on the surface. Am I on the right track to get started? Thanks for helping the noob.