So, I should preface that right now I am not interested in the TFP method due to time. I recognize that the world will not fall apart if I use a method that allows me to be away from it longer, but it may be more difficult to handle. And of course, it needs to be safe. So I fired the pool guy who might have been cheaper than I thought at $70/mo.
I went to the local store and had my chem test on 9/1 just after a couple days of rain:
I then was advised to use all in one tablets (that I can fill the auto loader) and add 4 lbs of alk raiser which I did. A couple days later I was thinking about the pool and wondered how the tablets were being metered. I went for a look and realized there was an adjustment and it was all the way up so I turned it all the way to the lowest setting. I then ordered a K-2006.
Here are the numbers from the last couple weeks:
9-Sep 13-Sep 16-Sep 19-Sep fc 14.0 12.5 10.8 10.0 cc 10ml na 0.5 na 0.5 cc 25ml 0.4 na 0.2 na cya 80 80 70 80 alk 90 90 100 90 ph 7.6 7.6 7.5 7.6 ch 350 na na 310
I realize I messed up with the tablets, but I see the levels are coming down. I know that the answer everyone gives is to drain it, but I also see that if it is balanced with the chlorine it should be fine. The water is crystal clear.
Does this seem promising enough progress to keep going? Now that I see the chlorine drop rate is slowing should I turn off the auto-feeder? How long should I leave it off? I'm trying to avoid a daily test.
Any help is appreciated whether or not it agrees with my stated position. Thanks!