First off I want to say this site is awesome!
Our pool is about 2 1/2 weeks old. I tried to brush it at least once a day the first week and then had to go out of town the second week for about 5 days, since being back I have brushed it once a day. I have never really seen any plaster dust while brushing, hope this is a good thing.
I know the ph was too high the first 2 weeks, my kit was saying 8 but that is the highest it goes. The pool builder was supposed to come and balance the chemicals right before I left the second week, but when I came back the ph was still reading 8 and the chlorine was only about .5
Since tuesday I have been able to keep the PH in the 7.3 to 7.8 range by adding Muratic acid daily. We have an automatic chlorine feeder with the pucks in it, but I have been adding bleach also to keep it in the 2 to 4 range. I just read yesterday that bleach in a new pool may not be right though
In the last week I have added 2 gallons of the liquid stabilizer to bring the CYA up, and 1/2 gallon of stain & scale2 from Leslie's, (we had what looked like dirt spots on our shelf, but it wouldn't scrub off) Hope this was ok to add.
Anyway here are my test results, I am thinking I need to bring the Calcium up, but want to be sure and get help from the experts here. Thanks!
CYA Maybe 15, but I am not totally sure, I fill the small tube to the top and can still see the black dot a little
TA 110 or 120 (at 11 drops the liquid changes from green to clear at 12 drops it turns red)