Hi, so I went against the rules and before testing my water, I dumped enough bleach 12.5% to bring the FC to 20 because the water was so gross, that I didn't want to keep exposing myself to it until there was some FC in it..hopefully, that's OK.
I tested the water this morning after leaving having poured enough bleach to bring it to 20 (assuming it was at 0, which i'm hoping was a safe assumption given the amount of algae in the water).. this morning, water certainly looks clearer...these are my results:
CYA less than 20
so, I need to...
pH: Lower my pH with acid
FC: bring my FC back to 20 with bleach
TA: add a little Baking Soda to increase TA (not critical, i think)
CH: It's is super low.. and hovered around 240-260 last year. If I have copper in my water and didn't add those extra two drops of solution, would that skew my results this badly? how do I know if I have copper in my water? It's possible the pool closers added algaecide with Copper in it, right?
CYA: This was low last summer and I bought stabilizer to bring it up, but that stuff is expensive.. I'm thinking of getting the pool to clear and sparkling and then using TriChlor tablets for the summer. Does that sound OK? If I do this, should I add some stabilizer now before I start using TriChlor? oh, and this week is overcast all week, so I'm thinking low CYA isn't that big a deal??
Thanks so much for the help. I missed this place over the winter.. hehe