hello, my name is Rick and I am a new home/pool owner here in Ripon California. I just got my Taylor 2006 test kit and have been testing myself rather than pool store tests. I am pretty close to what they say except my PH seems closer to 7. I just added some borax hopefully I can get it to 7.4 or so. I have been having some issues with bad advice from another pool owner and before I found this forum. I went on 10 day vacation and when I came back I had Algae. Been fighting that for awhile but I believe it is gone. Pool store had me throw in 4 bags of shock and the perfect weekly. (2 weeks ago) Not sure that was the answer but seemed to work. My main problem is I was told to add stabilizer as I was going thru chlorine so fast with the solar. I think that was a big mistake as levels are so high I cant slam the pool. I have drained down to first step 3 times to try and dilute but its still way high. Pool store says drain half and refill. Going to try and get thru season then drain as I would like to paint pool this winter. Also ordered pool perfect but will wait on that. should I keep trying ti dilute? Or is CYA to far out of whack to do any good?
I am a little worried as going on 2 week vacation and most pool services are yearly contract. Haven't got anybody reliable yet...
Any help or suggestions or comments welcome. Thanks
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