I can't really do any complete testing until my reorder comes in. I was out of a few things from my kit, so waiting for them to arrive. I'm using the little taylor kit that comes inthe big kit, that tests just for chlorine and ph and my chlorine is always .5. I have two trichlor pucks in a floater for nearly a week and all that stupid thing is doing is dissolving to a fine powder to the bottom of my pool. I work monday thru friday from 6am till 1pm..so can't even mess with the pool till after work. I'm out of bleach and haven't made it to the store to get more, so thats why I put the pucks in to at least get some type of chlorine going. I added granule stabilizer a week ago..and there is still some residue on the bottom too. Kids get in to swim daily and mix it up..but I'm rinsing the cartridge constantly and its caking on it to where I'm having to literally SCRAPE in between each fold because its so caked. The water is clear...and when undisturbed, I can see all the residue on the bottom of the pool. Should I vaccum to waste with all that residue? How do I do that in an intex metal frame pool? Thats the only way I can see getting most of the residue out with a cheap filter/pump that comes with the pool. Its a 24ftx 52in pool. Here is what I COULD test for with what I had available in my kit:
It was filled with our well water...our water is really hard. I was looking back at last summers readings when we had a 15ftx42in pool and my CH was 500-550 all last summer. So for some reason, the hardness in the bigger pool came up lower this summer. I HATE using anything that is in a powder/granule form because NOTHING dissolves out here. NOTHING. We can't even use powder detergents in our washing machine because they don't dissolve...it all just sticks to the clothes. Would getting a 5 gallon bottle of distilled water from town(from one of those water machines) help in dissolving granules when needed?
I'm worried about why the chlorine is testing at a .5 even with stabilizer put in a week ago and two pucks in the floater in it 24hrs a day?? Shouldn't it be testing higher? Do I have enough pucks in it?
Going to buy bleach today right after work and take the pucks out since their just making a freaking mess all over the bottom of the pool. How much should I be adding? The pool gets sunlight all day...from 7am till it goes down around 7pm-7:30pm. The water temp is probably 80degrees..just guessing because I can get in and its WARM. We're in south texas...high 90's here with heat index of 105 most days.