I've been reading over the site for about a week now and have decided to attempt the BBB method. I've used bioguard for the past few years and it just seems crazy to spend all that money. I've ordered the TF-100 kit and expect it to arrive in the next couple of days. We opened the pool over the weekend and it was slightly green and cloudy. We went ahead and shocked it and added our last 4 pool pods. It is no longer green but is still slightly cloudy. We took a sample in today and had it analyzed.
pH - 7.1
TA - 89
FC - 1.6
TC - 1.6
CH - 103
CYA - 40
I'm confused by the difference between their recommended levels and the recommended levels posted here. Such as their FC says ideal 1-3 and here it says 3-7.
They said everything looks fine except our alkalinity. They recommended 10 pounds of their balance pak 100 which we did not buy. We instead went to the store and bought some bleach, borax, and baking soda. Now the question is how much to add? I've been playing around with the calculator but the difference in recommended levels is huge. If I put in their recommended levels (130) I need to add 143 oz baking soda and if I go by the levels listed here I add nothing.
So.....I'm scratching my head as to what I need to do next.
Also, we've been thinking of hooking up the pool heater but I'm curious to know how we get the copper out that it will add to the pool?
Thanks for the help!
Got our test kit in the mail today. Wow...these numbers.
(We've had a lot of rain!)
Looks like I need to add all kinds of stuff. I will need to buy some of this as I've only got the BBB so far. Looking for advice since the calculator doesn't give me anything for TA.