Well the pool is up and we have been using it a lot. I have a local pool store that is very close (reputable), and they water test for free, as well as store results, and give you a print out of levels, and suggestions. (Free service)
In this instance how necessary is a kit for me? It is on the way to work and I can have the water tested weekly, is it worth the expense of a test kit, in my case?
I can still use the BBB method, because they provide all the results for the test items, and I could add chemicals as needed.
This last trip my pH was high (8.7), added a gallon of muratic acid, CH was very low (40), added 10lbs of calcium chloride dihydrate, salt was ok (3000ppm - I am getting about 100ppm increase per 40lb bag) settings for my SWG recommend 2700-3400ppm, FC was low (0.8), added 2 packages of shock, CYA was good at 74ppm, TA was good at 98ppm. I added this Friday and Saturday, so I figure by Wed I should be able to get another sample check to see where my levels are at. I think my chlorine may have been a little low because of the salt PPM - I would like to have it around 3200ppm.