We just got one of those little seasonal pools. I read through the temp/seasonal pool article in pool school (heh, I have it bookmarked and have been reviewing it in preparation of getting the little pool). Like it says in step 1, I started with the little ph/chlorine test kit from Walmart, or Toy-R-Us (OTO, and phenol red)
My fill water test showed the pH at 7.5. Great no adjustments, I added the shock as described, about 2 oz of the stuff with like 50% dichlor (bottle said pool shock). This morning the pH read 7.2. I put the info in the pool calc and realized, I have no idea what the TA is...
So first question. The pool calc says add about 3oz of borax (assuming TA of 100) to bring it up to 7.5. I was thinking of either adding nothing since its between 7.2-7.8 or just putting about 1/2 of that and see what happens. What you folks recommend?
I'm a tweaker... missing info like this kills me. So, I ordered the TF-100. Its probably overkill for a little pool but I can use the practice, my family wants to get a full-sized pool eventually. Both the seasonal pool and the Basic Pool Care Schedule article it say to test pH and chlorine daily, then make adjustment as needed. The TF-100 has like 3 chlorine tests (OTO, DPD, FAS-DPD).
Second question, which chlorine test do you do daily?