Thanks for such a great resource, I have found the information here amazing! I have never owned a pool before and just had one completed a couple of weeks ago and have decided to go the BBB route.
Water has been in the pool for 15 days. Pool has been getting a couple hours of use each day by 4-8 happy people. Pool is about 725sf with 7 hours direct sunlight per day. 650sf heliocol solar heat on the roof is being used each day to keep the pool at ~88 and the spa at ~100. I do get aeration from water features (bubblers, deck jets, spa w/spillover and waterfall) that get usage probably an hour a day.
The pool company included chemical service for the first 30 days. The pool guy told me he added 10-12 pounds CYA in the skimmer two weeks ago. Two days ago my water was starting to get cloudy, yesterday it was getting worse. This is when I decided to test the water myself for the first time and found no chlorine. So yesterday I added 9 quarts 6% in the morning. Afternoon FC measured 3, was still cloudy so I added 9qts more 6%. Late afternoon FC was at 5 (where I think I want it, you tell me). In the early evening I measured FC of 3, and again early this morning FC of 3 and water is mostly clear. Yay!
Measurements from this morning using K-2006:
So I read Pool School but just have some questions before I start adding more stuff to the pool to make sure I am doing it right, all this pool stuff is new to me.
I think I need to do the following according to the Pool Calculator:
1. Daily - Add liquid Chlorine to get FC back to 5
2. Add 30oz muriatic acid to get PH from 8 to 7.5
3. Add 42 pounds calcium chloride to get CH from 100 to 250
Does that sounds right? Should I throw it all in at once and then measure everything again or add one at a time? If one at a time, which one should I do first? Over 40 pounds of calcium chloride sounds like a lot, should I do maybe 10 pounds at a time and re-test the water?