I have been a pool owner for five years, have always had a weekly service provider take care of it. Took a month off from the service while having the pool re-plastered (went with Pebble Fina Sapphire Galaxy). During the off month, my service decided to drop me (we live out in the country), so I am on my own as of earlier this week. The plastering company did the "hot start" for the Pebble Fina, got the water balanced once that was done, and everything looks perfect as of now. I have been brushing the new finish twice a day for almost two weeks now. I want to start taking care of this thing on my own, need some direction to move forward? Everything looks great right now, I hope to keep it that way. All I did this week was drop a couple of chlorine pucks into the floater. I understand, more or less, how the equipment works and how to adjust it, but I am clueless as to the chemistry part of it.
From reading a bit here, my understanding is that a comprehensive test is what's needed. What kit should I get, and where is the best place to get it? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.