Hi all and thanks for setting this site up!
I've been having problems holding the FC levels, pretty much coming out with 0.2 almost everytime we tested, for about 2-3 weeks. I've always tested through a Pool Supply Store, and now know that I need to buy the tester that you guys recommend.
Algae has been present, not much, but it pops in and out throughout these last weeks.
I've shocked so much, due to pool store advice ... the last test I did came out this way:
FC - 0.2
Total C - 0.2
CC - 0.0
Hardness - 375
Alakalinity - 115
Cyanuric Acid - 100
Copper - 0.0
Iron - 0.0
Dissolved Solids - 900
Obviously when they sawthe CyaA levels they said, drain about 2 feet from your pool. I drained a bit more than that. Then I started looking online for advice, and found you.
Right after refilling I used 3 large bottles of 6% chlorox. I bought a 6 way teest from walmart, at least while the new one arrives in the mail. AS a first time tester, these are the approximate levels I got with the Walmart test:
TC - 1-2
Alk - 100-110
pH - 7.2
Hardness - 300
CynA - 70
Obviously no test for the CC, I will take the water to be tested at the Water Supply Store today, just for more accurate numbers.
I have read many of your pool school articles, but it takes time for a newbie brain to make sense of it all... from what I've said, do you think I'm on the right track? Or are there any recommendations to get a hold of my pool!! ??
THANSK!! For taking the time to answer all our questions!!