Pool was plastered on Wed, filled on Thurs and Friday. Equipment was installed and pumping on Friday evening. I've got a trichlor puck in both skimmers and equipment is running 24hr / day. I was expecting little to no chlorine readings for the first few days, which has been true and I've been adding some muriatic acid 2-3 times a day to keep the pH below 8. My current tests are:
Chlorine: 0 (as far as I can tell...it's less than .5)
TA: 110 PPM
CH: 170 PPM
I was reading the NPC swimming pool start-up procedures, and they stress getting the alkalinity in order before moving on to anything else, and they recommend keeping the alkalinity from 80-100 ppm before dealing with pH.
My questions: I'm leery of adding any more muriatic at this point to address TA when this will drive the pH down below 7.0 - should I add it anyway?
Also, even though two pucks have been in the skimmer for 1.5 days, I'm still getting little to no chlorine readings - should I add some of the clorox or "super shock-it" (calcium hypochlorite) to bump this up a little bit?