Having just installed and filled my first pool on 30 June of this year, I joined this forum and ordered my TF-100 the next day. I want to post up my current numbers and see where you all think I stand.
Let me say though that I am having a very tough time convincing my wife and father in law that bleach is the same as liquid chlorine and that the BBB method is the way to go. My wife grew up with a pool and watched her father maintain it as he still does today (same pool - 29 years later) by running to the pool store and doing just as they say. He has had issues over the years but all in all does fairly well his way. I am going to sneak a water sample next time we are at his house though.
I am ready to switch to the BBB method but have just a quick question first.
When I bought my pool I also bought 25 lbs of Tri-Chlor 3 inch Pucks and feed them through a Hayward CL220 off line chlorinator. I don't have any visible issues with my water yet and want to know if I can continue to use them until they are gone or almost gone and then switch to bleach? I also purchased 15 - 1lb bags of Cal-Hypo to use when shocking the pool. I would like to use these as well until they are gone.
I wish I would have found this forum before I bought the chemicals but it is what it is. I would have liked to start out on the right path instead of going there after the fact.
My most recent numbers from this morning are posted below. They were taken this morning after a massive rain / hail storm yesterday that dropped a large amount of debris into the water and raised my water level up to the top rails. I drained the water last night to keep the pool from over flowing and brushed / vacuumed the debris this morning.
Water temp at time of test - 72
FC - 6
CC - .5
TA - 80
PH - 7.2
CH - 80
CYA > 20
Please just let me know what you think.