First of all, what a phenomenal resource all of you are!!! I have blown my morning trying to read as much as I can before posting, lol, but am mostly wanting to see if I'm thinking about all of this correctly. . . I hope all of the helpful info is indeed in my signature--if not, please let me know!!!
Okay--here's the deal. . . We've struggled to maintain chlorine all year--frequent drops to zero until last week when we finally stabilized. We've been working with our pool store and have added LOADS of dichlor & trichlor (this is relevant to our CYA); Have a Jandy SWG that has been running at 100% for about 3 weeks.
I JUST received my TF-100 kit, and tested this morning, and again just now. (omigosh. . . I think it's fun!, lol)
Anyhow--we're planning to have about 30 people here on the 4th, and I'm wanting to make sure the water is "pristine," HA! (Not sure we'd pass the "dime by the main drain" test right now).
To me, it looks a little cloudy--I've attached a couple of pics. One (a) is the full length where you can see the tanning ledge/benches; the other (b) is taken at the drop off to the cannonball well--can kinda see those steps and if you look closely, the main drain near the top of the shot. (Pool color is French Grey).
Numbers at 8:00 and again at 12:30
8:00 12:30 FC 15 10 CC 2 0.5 TC 17 10.5 CH 375 * TA 250 * CYA 100 100 (retested to validate) pH 7.2 7.2 CSI .31 .34
So, I'm thinking that we're looking pretty good, but I'm confused about the CC being at 2 this morning and at 0.5 now???!!! We had a good rain yesterday (pool has an autocover), and that brought the frogs out. . . Fished about 10 out of the skimmers this morning--maybe that was the organic matter??? Initially, I was all set to embrace a SLAM, but I dunno if it's necessary????
ALSO, right now, I don't have any trichlor in the baskets (really wanna get away from that, since our CYA is already kinda high (think it will come down in time with evaporation loss & water replacement. . .).
Here's my initial plan--can someone confirm if I'm thinking about this appropriately?
1. Brush all surfaces, Hook up the "big vac" and thoroughly vacuum the whole shebang with that, then run the Dolphin.
2. Turn on all the "bling" and let the sheers, laminars and bubblers aerate the pool to bring pH up closer to 7.5
3. Add liquid bleach to maintain FC at closer to 13 through Monday. . .
Is that correct???? Pool store says just keep 2 sticks in each basket and fervently discourages use of bleach. . . so I'm nervous, lol. Also, would you toss a couple pounds of dichlor in the pool the morning of the party???? I just wanna get it right, lol! Thanks, all!