Hey everyone, hopefully the regulars around here aren't getting tired of being bombarded with questions from pool noobs like me. I am kinda just introducing myself and asking a question.
So my wife and I bought our house this past winter and it came with a pool that was built in 2002. I knew nothing about pools, so I had the local pool company that the previous owners had used come open it last week, and got a "pool school" from them, which consisted of showing my how to use the pump/filter/vacuum/heater, which was extremely helpful because I had no idea what to do with them, but as far as water maintenance they basically told me to throw a bunch of chlorine pucks into the automatic feeder and bring water into the store once a week to be tested. Oh, and shock the pool once a week.
That didn't sound right to me, so I took to the internet in hopes of finding a better way, and it lead me here. I've been lurking for the past week, reading everything on the site, and feel like I really have the TFPC system down. Unfortunately I had already bought a giant bucket of chlorine pucks and a cheap liquid test kit that measured FC, PH and TA. I had the pucks in the feeder for a couple days before I took them out and started just using bleach, but I had no idea what my CYA was... until today when my Taylor k-2006 kit came. And here is where I finally get to my question...
My FC is 13, and my CYA is less than 30... I never got the black dot to disappear which means the pool must've not had any CYA in it before I ran the pucks, right? I really want to swim this weekend, but the FC is just way too high. It's super sunny out today, and is going to be tomorrow as well... how much FC will the sun burn off in two days with little to no CYA in the pool? Should I drain some water and replace it to help bring the FC down? and once the FC gets to a reasonable level, can I put some pucks in the feeder to get my CYA up, or should I just buy some stabilizer?
Also, here are the rest of my numbers, in case they lead to any insight anyone may have. I know I need to bring my Ph up, I'm about to work on that now.
Thanks to everyone here, I'm so glad this place has taught me how to properly care for my pool.