So, having started up the pool just about 3 weeks ago, I finally ordered a real test kit instead of trying to read colors on strips! A bit more involved but MUCH more accurate. It will take a little getting used to as it took me quite a while to run all the tests today.
As the pool is brand new (plaster finish) I have been told I will be battling high pH levels for quite a while. The pool water itself is sparkling clean and with the wife and I having been it in a few times, there have been no complaints of any skin/eye/etc. irritations.
I have been adding quite a bit of Muratic Acid (20-32 oz) nightly but it seems near impossible to get it under 7.6.
So, here are the numbers taken from my first run with the new test kit this morning around 11.
Pool is 9,914 gal. All tests were at the .2 level.
pH - 8.0
TA - 110
CYA - 45
CH - 320
FC - 3.6
CC - .04
According to the Taylor booklet, pretty much everything is inline other than the high pH and maybe slightly high TA. Should I be worried about anything else? For now, I just plan on the daily testing of all the levels and just adding the acid at night trying to lower the pH.