Alright, so the plaster (Wet Edge Primera Stone) has been in since Sunday and water filled that day. Didn't add anything on Sunday, nor did we get the pump running that day, as it was Sunday. I did not test the water Sunday either (though I realize perhaps I should have done it right away). But I did test it Monday morning, before anything was added, and my readings were as follows:
pH - >8.2
CH - 375
TA - 220
Later Monday, plaster folks added two bottles of Regent Metals Out. He didn't add any acid at the time, as I think there was some miscommunication and he thought our acid level was high. No big deal. So Tuesday morning readings were not much different:
pH - > 8.2
CH - 450 (why would this have risen so much?)
TA - 210
Then later Tuesday, plaster folks came back by and hooked us up with all sorts of chemicals (thought it was really nice of them, not something they normally do, gave us a 25 lb each of trichlor tablets and granules, four gallons muriatic acid, and a bottle of a different sequestrant). While he was there, around noon, he added three pucks of trichlor to each of the two skimmers (I assume this is OK to do - that seems to be their practice) and a half gallon of muriatic acid. I added the other half gallon later that evening.
Think I'm starting to see some results of adding the chemicals, as my test readings this morning were as follows:
ph - > 8.2 (assume this will just take a little while to come down?)
CH - 500 (I'm not 100% sure this was correct, feel like I may have messed something up with this test. Is it possible that it's that high/keeps rising? Should I be concerned about that??)
TA - 120 (this seems right on target)
TC - > 5 (assume this is because of all the trichlor that was added)
So a few questions, in addition to what I've put in above. Is it OK to swim in the pool even if the chlorine is off the charts? As long as it is, I'm thinking we can probably swim if not tonight, tomorrow, as plaster seems pretty set.
Am I correct in thinking that the pH will just take a little while to come down? My understanding is that getting the TA in line will help bring the pH down, is that right?
What's going on with my CH levels??
Lastly, the Wet Edge start up instructions say something about testing for carbonate alkalinity (I believe that's what it is), but the TF-100 test kit does not appear to have a test for that, and I did a little reading about that and seems it is not so relevant/necessary, so wondering if I need to worry about that at all??
Thanks in advance for all the help!