Not having a proper (accurate, reliable) test kit yet (it's on order), I filled a clean Mason jar and went to the nearest pool supply place.
The nice gentleman there ran his tests (using a computer attached to a device in which vials of my water and his testing chemicals were placed) and we got the following results:
Free Chlorine: 5.33
So my multiple brands of strips as well as the tube-chemical-mixing tester weren't too off in leading me to think my chlorine was too high.
So here's my questions:
1) Is it dangerous to swim in this water (I have 3 little kids)?
2) The pool store guy said the CYA test will be off because of the high chlorine level. Is this correct? Can I nevertheless be comforted that my CYA is not high enough so as to require a water replacement?
3) The pool store guy said I should remove my floating chlorinator with trichlor as well as the pool cover and monitor the chlorine level -- it should go down.
But, I'm only at this location every 5-7 days (otherwise, I'm 100 miles away).
Pending testing with the TF100 (which I won't be able to use until the next time I'm here, which will be a week from today), what's my best course of action?
Thanks very much,