Just got our first pool filled today. I've been reading a ton here on the site and am just loving all the info.
As usual, I do everything in the wrong order. I ordered the TF-100 kit, then became a Donor here. At any rate, here are the numbers.
CH is high because we just have hard water. We have a water softener, but the external hose bibs bypass it. If I end up with any scaling, I'll replumb one of the bibs to use the softened water and do some replacement at that point. Of course the chlorine that came with the pool is the calcium based stuff, so I'll be looking to put that on craigslist soon.
Started off adding in a healthy 182oz of 6% before letting the kiddos in. Took about 3 minutes to pour that in near the return jet and it had a couple of hours to mix around before the ladder was together and everything ready to go.
TA seems high, I'm thinking I might have to add some muriatic acid to bring the PH level down and then let aeration take PH back up from what I'm reading? I believe that will help lower TA.
Only aeration source I currently have is the kids playing in the pool.
I added another 134oz of 6% bleach over about 2 minutes (trying to get FC up to around 6) and put in the first 2lbs of 4lbs of granulated stabilizer that came with the pool in a sock in the skimmer. Once the sock is limp I'll test again, but planning on another 2lbs of stabilizer, then I'm out of granules and will only have the liquid left they gave me and will switch to that. Shooting for 40 or so CYA to start and see how it goes.
Well, I that's about all I can think to say for now. Thank you all again for making this journey much less scary and getting me off on the right foot. And to think I almost let the pool store talk me into Baquicil.