As the subject states I just refilled my pool. When I swam in it the first time , before refilling it, it tasted like I was swimming in the ocean. Very salty. To get right to the point, here are my current readings.
I chlorinated in the past with an automatic chlorinator using 3 inch pucks. Trichlor-S-triazinetrine 98.6 stabilized. This is an indoor pool (no sun) that probably didn't have the water changed in years. It get's very little use. I took over the job of taking care of it from a guy who got fired. I know I'm getting a little off subject. Here's the real questions. I don't want my pool to get over stabilized like it was in the past. The pool school calls trichlor insidious, and I think my pucks were a major part of my problem. I was having all kinds of problems with ph being low and couldnt get it to go up. One pool place told me my problem was because my cya was so high 140 that I was getting inaccurate readings on my TA and might have to actually raise it. At the time I was getting 180 with my test kit. (I know pool places are not the recommended scholars, which could be another post all by itself. I agree, but at least I get verification on my readings. sort of)
Here's getting right to the point: I've read lots of posts, and spent hours in pool school. When I'm first getting started with my pool, don't I need to take care of one thing at a time? Like my TA before I start balancing other chemicals? Also to eliminate using the pucks, and not really related, the guy before me bought chemicals and for some reason I have 65 gallons of shock in my store room. No kidding! Sodium hypochlorite 12.6%. If I finally get the TA in balance with MA couldn't I just use the shock as my chlorine and turn off the chlorinator and life at the pool would start getting easy?
Hope this isn't too confusing. Let me know if I need to clarify, or need to read somewhere else here. This is what taking care of this pool has been for me. and I have no problem testing the water several times a day.