1st time pool owner. Built a 15k gallon pool with pebbletec lining completed last October. Since about April I've been fighting an endless war against pool chemistry gremlins using inadequate testing methods. I was officially at my wit's end until google help me find this site. (And with college degrees in both chemistry and chemical engineering, fighting pool chemistry has been a source of personal embarrassment 🙁.
Yesterday I got my testing kit and am now fully armed with data and tools. Look out!
I did get the 2005C kit from Amazon, and it appears I have enough reagents to last well into the next century.
Here are the numbers:
pH: cover your eyes bad, below 7, needed 15 drops to get to 7.4
Used pool math to add the proper amount of bleach, borax, and baking soda. Plan to retest tonight.
I also have brown staining in the deep end which is probably from some poorly placed potted plants, but want to get balanced before tackling that. I know I need to drain and refill to lower the CYA but will probably have to wait until the weekend after next so I can be present for it.
Happy to have found this place!