Just setup and filled a 14' Summer Escapes metal frame pool. Added the 3700+/- gallons from town water using a garden hose. Used an HTH 6-way test kit on the fill water. (I'm waiting for a better kit that I ordered online) Here are the results:
TC: 0 ppm
PH: 6.8 or less
TA: 20 ppm
CH: 20 ppm
Ok, where to start... The HTH kit tests for "Total Chlorine" and does not specify results for FC or CC. Seems a little silly, how do I test just for FC? I guess I'll have to wait for the better test kit.
The pH test was close to the 6.8 low end, but the color didn't quite match. I suspect that I'm lower than 6.8. pH obviously needs to be raised.
TA and CH both at 20. I didn't bother testing for CYA at this point since there shouldn't be any.
So my question is, what's next? I'm going to be following the advice from Pool School of using Dichlor for the first four days. I thought I've read that I need to get the pH under control before adding the Dichlor. I'm sure the low TA will have an affect on the pH control. So what should I attack first?
I need to raise pH, TA and CH, so I should add Baking Soda, Borax and Calcium Chloride. Should I tackle one at a time or all three at once? I assume I can use pool calculator to determine how much of each to add. What is the best source of calcium chloride to add for CH?