I got my K-2006C test kit yesterday and have been doing some testing to try to get my levels normalized. I have them at pretty good levels:
FC - 5.5
CC - 0.0
pH - 7.7
TA - 120
CH - 70
CYA - 20
I am in the process of adding CYA via trichlor pucks that I was given by my pool installer and my pool is a vinyl AGP, so CH is not an issue for me. I overshot my FC target tonight because I trusted a test strip's reading that I had less than 1 FC so I over dosed slightly, but I expect the sun will bring the pool back under 5 by the time my kids get out of school and want to play in the pool.
My real questions are about pH. This morning, my pH tested at 7.4. That was the same as it tested the day before. I have added nothing to the pool other than Chlorine (2 trichlor pucks in a floater that did not dissolve more than 20% + 3 1/2 quarts of 6% bleach). We did have 4 kids + me splashing around in the pool for a couple of hours + I was relaxing in the pool for an hour on my own and found that if I squeezed one of those water balls that it makes lots of small bubbles, so I "aerated" the pool with that ball for about 30 minutes while I relaxed. My goal has been to raise my pH via aeration so that I could lower my TA just a bit, but I did not expect it to rise so much today. Is it reasonable to think that the kids and I could have aerated the pool enough to raise it .3? If that is all it takes, I should have no problem moving my TA over the next week or two. How much chlorine does it take to skew a pH test using the good test kit?
Also, will the pH lowering effect of trichlor pucks also lower TA or do I need to add acid to lower? I hope to get my pool to around 7.5 or 7.6 when I am done, as my eyes seem to burn with pH 7.8+ and my daughter's eyes seem to burn with pH under 7.4. Also, my tap/fill water's pH is 7.6 so I think getting it there would make things simple for when I refill the pool. Am I correct in thinking that I should lower TA if I want to normalize around 7.6?