I have read through the pool school and checked out the pool calculator and I think I have a general idea of what I need to do, but I wanted to get some clarification before I do it! I have an Intex 12' round above ground pool. I filled it a few days ago and my family has thoroughly enjoyed it thus far! We haven't added any chemicals to it yet, but I think it's time to before it gets funky! I can't afford an expensive testing kit so I got one at walmart that tests Chlorine and PH (the dropper kind). I would have gotten the strip one but didn't realize it would give me all the other results that I probably need. :/ Anyway, hopefully this will get me started. I also bought the 3 B's. I tested the water tonight and here are the numbers:
FC: 0.6 or just barely over
PH: (the lowest matching color says 6.8 and mine is even lighter than that, considerably lighter actually so I'm guessing it's maybe 6.0 or even less?)
Based on the pool calculator, if I'm reading it right, it says my pool is 2500 gallons (12 ft. diameter and 2.9 ft. deep) I need to add 18oz of bleach and 64oz (by weight) of Borax. I don't know about the baking soda because my kit doesn't measure TA. Any other way to find (or guesstimate) what the TA would be based on the FC and PH? I'm so confused. I failed chemistry in high school so I'm no good at this stuff but my little girls (6 and 7) love their new pool and me and my hubby are loving it too so I wanna keep it healthy and sparkly for us.
Any thoughts? Oh and I will add some photos of our pool tomorrow when we have daylight lol. Thanks so much in advance, I have enjoyed learning, reading and checking out everyone's awesome pool photos on this forum!