Hi everyone! Hoping everybody has a good holiday weekend. I have two quick questions & then I will test my water and post those if I need some advice. 1.) I wasn't thinking and tested my CH in the same tube that I tested my TA in. Is this a big NO NO? I did this 3 times and the third time my CH read very high. After reading the extended test kit directions it seems that the sample just has to turn any shade of blue. Is this correct? I can't believe that in 4 days my CH went from 182 to 500. I have been shocking the pool with Sodium Hypochlorite not Cal-Hypo. I then tested my TA again a couple days later (in the same tube) and that went from 100 to 300. Again, does the color just have to change to a light pink or does it have to be red? I did add 60 oz. of Borax to the water last Sunday to bring up the PH. Currently the PH is reading high because of the shock level and I need to add acid. Can you tell I'm a NEWBIE by now? I am testing all this with a TF100 test kit and I love the SpeedStir! 2.) Would it be OK to add stabilizer, in a sock, and place the sock in a floater? I do not use a floater for chlorine tabs, so no, I won't be combining the two. I would prefer not to put it in the skimmer because I have a tree line behind me and I don't want to have to pick off all the "yucks."
Ok, probably more than two questions. Any help/advice is much appreciated and thanks in advance. I am determined to stay out of the pool store from here on out.