Its my pool drain in the deep end!!!!
Have not seen it in a while and was wondering what that darkish object that started to take shape was...
After spending weeks fighting this thing (and spending a load of $$ at the pool store) I have started to make progress thanks to what I have learned on this forum through the Pool School. I have already started spreading the word! BBB all the way!
I picked up a DPD test kit from Leslie's before I found this place. I wish I had not purchased it but it will have to get me by until I pick up one of the TF100 kits (soon) I want the ability to test CYA and CH as well as higher FC. I have a gently used Aquachek TruTest that needs a new home.... perhaps a trotline weight I have been amazed at how far that thing is off and how inconsistent it it - even when checking the same sample of water.
A few quick questions about the test block:
The numbers for the chlorine ".5-5" How does one know when the correct shock FC is met when higher than 5 (test results follow)? Is it impossible to do with that DPD kit? I will order the TF kit ASAP but even if I ordered it right now it would be next week before it arrives even with fast shipping - I am already rolling with this process and would hate to see it take a step back. I see that some test strips are available and know that they are inaccurate.... would it get my by until I get the TF-100?
Current test results:
FC - *5+ (see above.. it is "pinker" than the 5 box)
TC - *5+
CC - ~1 (this is a guess.. it is slightly a shade lighter... hardly noticeable)
pH - **7.5 (it was 7.2 before starting shock Rx as per Pool School)
TA - 140
CH - 269 (per store B)
CYA - 90 (Salt pool w/SWG) (Per store B)
Salt - ***3850 (Per test strip)
*Higher than scale
**7.2 when shock Rx started
***Another issue created by inaccurate SWG readings.... even after cleaning. I added two 40# bags of salt to bring it up and the number didn't change (2000) I tested it at the pool store (3200) and purchased some of the salt test strips which show it to be at 3850. I will fight that battle after I get the pool turned around.
For giggles I had the water tested at two stores today... no one result was the same. The samples were taken at the same time (noonish) and the same place ~18" below water surface.
Mine / Store A / Store B
FC - *5+ / 6.8 / 9.5
TC - *5+ / 6.8 / 9.5
CC - ~1 / NR / NR (NR = Not Reported)
pH - 7.5 / 7.4 / 7.7
TA - 140 / 120 / 90
CH - UTT / UTT / 269 (UTT = Unable to test)
CYA - UTT / 100 / 90
Salt - 3850 / 3200 / 4200
I brushed the pool twice today and will do the same in the AM after testing the water again. I have gone through a box of DE just from plugging the filter with algae... good news is that the last time seems to be holding well. I vacuumed the pool (which helped) mainly to get rid of the layer of DE what was in the pool from bad grids. Have a new set of grids now... will clean them thoroughly once this operation is complete.
I feel free having the knowledge to get my arms around this thing... no longer dependent on the pool store!! I wish I had taken the time to educate myself years ago!
My kids are anxiously awaiting the pool to open for business.