I'm new to TFP and like what I've seen so far.
We bought a house two months ago with a pool. I've never owned a pool before so I headed to my local Leslie's store to figure out what I needed to do. Needless to say I bought all of the chemicals they suggested, including something to get my phosphates under control... Luckily, I stumbled across this site before I blew another $300 on chemicals I don't need.
I'm still waiting for my TF100 test kit to arrive, so I went to Leslie's again to have my water tested. Here's what I've got:
CYA: 60 - 70
TDS: 900 (I know, I know. Who cares!!)
Phosphates: 300 - 500 (ditto)
I currently use a floating Chlorinator (purchased ~$100 in 3" trichloro pucks ) and muriatic acid (which I have to add about once every two weeks) to keep things balanced. BTW, my pool was resurfaced about 6 months ago according to the seller. I also have been using the Phophate product they sold me. I don't plan to buy more, but I guess I'll use up what I have.
I plan to switch to a variable speed pump and SWG in the near future. In the mean time, other than adding some of the muriatic to bring the pH down, what should I be doing instead?
There is so much info floating around that I'm not sure if I should:
a) Donate my trichloro to the local hockey club and start using liquid bleach.
b) Keep adding muriatic acid to keep the pH down.
c) Add baking soda to bring the TA up (my buddy at Leslie's say's it's fine but the Pool Calculater says it should be 100 to 120+...)
d) Do something about my CYA level. I'd rather not remove/replace water if I don't have to. Will it come down on it's own when I stop using the trichloro?
e) Bite the bullet and Borate my pool? I have yet to see someone that is opposed to it...
Keep in mind that I plan to switch to a SWG in the next month or two.