I've been reading this site since we purchased our house and have never taken care of a pool before. Moved in about 2 weeks ago and the test kit finally came in last night. Pool is clear.
I think I did the CYA test correctly. First time I did it was over 100. So I filled the tube with pool water up to the 7 ml mark, tap water to 14 ml, shook it then emptied down to 7 ml mark. Added the reagent to 14 ml and performed the black dot test. Filled it to 75 ml x2 makes it 150. Is this correct?
Do I need to tackle the CYA first or FC? Previous owner said he had to fill the pool a couple of inches every other week during the heat of the summer. Over time would this lower the CYA? I don't want to drain my pool 60% to get the CYA down but if I have to then I guess it is my only choice. Also, Pool Math said I need to get FC to minimum of 11 given my CYA or 109 oz. of bleach. A little less than a gallon of bleach is fine but don't want to have to add that every week. I guess ultimately what I am asking is can I wait for the CYA to come down over time or will I be dumping gallons of bleach in the pool every week and should just go ahead and drain?
Thanks for the help. Love the site.