Wow, I can't believe I didn't know about this site before. I always just let my husband take care of the pool but he's working away now and I'm in charge! Time to get a better system in place. I'm currently dealing with algae (I'm sure that's what brings all newbies here!), it is grey/cloudy and seems to be dead (I am brushing every day) but my new kit is in the mail so it's hard to get exact numbers for you at the moment. I'm trying to keep my FC > 10. I've been taking samples in to the pool store but that is time consuming.
I want to make sure that once the water clears up I can keep my FC high enough and therefore I need to make sure my CYA is high enough. I usually put in 3 pucks twice/week but that clearly wasn't providing enough FC and/or CYA to keep the pool clean.
I do know that I need to get my CYA up, I think it is under 20. I would like to use up my remaining tri-chlor pucks that I have to do that instead of buying stabilizer on its own. I don't see a function in the pool calculator of how many pucks I will need though. What's the best way to figure out how many pucks to use?