My wife decided it was time to get a "real" pool...instead of those little 4 foot round kiddie pools. We (she) decided the best option was to stick inexpensive...so we went with a "Summer Escape" (aka: Walmart) 12' x 36" round AG pool. If my calculations are correct, its close to 2,000 gallons. (The Water company is going to LOVE me this month.) I filled the pool last night and took care of a few leaks and am now working on getting my chemistry degree in backyard experimentation!
I have read Pool School and found the calculator. Although, I'm still a Newbie at this and am treading water cautiously.
I purchased an HTH starter kit for Pop-up & AG pools before I found this site. I am now seeing that I'm not too fond of it...as the directions tend to be confusing as they often contradict each other from package to package (i.e.: in order to do step A, you must do step C first..in order to step C, you must do Step D first, But to do step D you have to do step A).
The kit comes with
- 1 lb of HTH Shock N' Swim for pop-up pools
- 1 lb HTH Chlorinating Granules for Pop-up pools
- 15 oz. HTH stablizer & Conditioner for Pop-Up pools
- 10 HTH test strips
The test strips are basically just a "litmus" test for the pool..and only tests FC/Bromine, pH, and TA. I'm thinking that since it's lacking in the tests...I'm going to go out and find a drop test that has at least six different tests.
The results with untreated water:
pH: aprox 7.5
TA: 40 ppm
After treating with aprox. 4 oz of Chlorinating granules, the test results (an hour after treating w/ pump on):
pH: between 7.2 and 7.5
TA: between 40 and 80
FC/Bromine: between 1/2 and 2/4
Looks like I'll need to add just a little more Chlorinating granules to bring it up (goal of 3 for FC). I think I'll need to buy some HTH Alkalintiy Plus to bring the TA up to an appropriate level (goal of around 100).
Does this sound correct? I know that I should add some stabilizer & conditioner once I have the FC, TA and pH set up.
Am I missing anything?