Still totally new to pool ownership and TFP, got the test kit today, excited to do the first water tests.
I will show what the pool store's "free" water test results from 7/31 alongside my results (average 2 trials for each of my tests).
Test Target Store 7/31 House 8/2 FC 3-5 6 12.5 TC 6 13.0 CH 350-450 280 525 CYA 70-80 90 test fail TA 60-80 90 120 pH 7.5-7.8 8.0 7.8 Salt 3400-3600 2900 test fail
Observation 1. I have been adding 12 oz MA every other day, finally got the pH to drop below 8.
Observation 2. Water temp is 92. Pool Math says just to keep adding MA, no other actions indicated.
Observation 3. I will probably add about 3-4 inches of new water tomorrow due to evaporation.
Question 1. The TC seems really high. My SWG is set at 40%, do I need to reduce that? We are getting day after day of sunny 100 degrees, the FC should burn off, right? Do I wait or take action?
Question 2. Am I doing the salt test wrong? I added 80 lbs of salt after the 2900 reading on Sunday, dissolved in an hour, trying to get it up to manufacturer recommended level, closer to 3500. When I did the test, it said to only start with 10ml of water in the tube, when adding all the drops, it gets up to 15ml and foamy, but it never changes color to pink/red. There is some silt in the bottom, but no real color change. Tried it twice, same result.
Thanks in advance for any and all input!