Stumbled here following a google search a few days ago, have been reading the site over the weekend. I've read through the pool school once and plan to print it out sometime this week to have in a binder.
We bought our house a month ago with a 22,100-gallon unground liner pool. Its my first pool. We are currently using 3" Clearview tablets left from the previous owner in an inline Hayward chlorinator. I'd been taking samples to the local pool store every few weeks to make sure things were ok before finding this site. I'd like to buy a better test kit as recommended here, I'm using the dreaded strips currently.
Anyways, here is my latest test result (from the store).
FC - 3.8ppm
TC - 3.8ppm
pH - 7.7
TA - 106ppm (says "with stabilizer correction on the printout)
CH - 300ppm
CYA - 80ppm
The printout from the store recommended adding 10lbs. of Clearview Alkalinity Increaser to raise the TA, but from reading here I understand that is baking soda. I plan on stopping to pick some Arm&Hammer up one night this week after work. Is that correct?
I'd like to eventually just add bleach, instead of the tablets.