New pool owner - we filled the pool and started it up on 8/24. I have been reading this forum for several weeks and am ready to start the BBB method on our new pool.
1. The PB recommends pucks and a weekly shock - his suggestion is to keep the chlorine around 2-3 with the pucks and then the weekly shock to keep the pool clean. He has mentioned CYA and not wanting it to get too high or i would get "chlorine lock" where the chlorine would no longer be effective and then needing to drain and replace the water (at least he is somewhat informed about high CYA and I guess is referring to chlorine lock as the need for higher and higher ppm of FC before it is effective)
I plan on using liquid chlorine and keeping the pucks as a backup in case we are gone for a few days or on vacation.
As of right now, my main function has been to brush the pool and monitor the pH and lower it with MA as needed to keep it around 7.2
I have a TF-100 test kit and did my first test last night - I don't have all the numbers in front of me but these are close:
CH: around 170
CYA: less than 50 (water was cloudy but could still see the black dot with a full tube)
TA: around 80-90 (quesiton, when testing for TA, do you stop when the sample turns and stays pink or add another drop or two until it is a darker shade?)
The quesitons I have right now:
1. What supplies do you recommend besides the chemicals? I have the TF-100 test kit and stirrer. Should I get a measuring cup for the chloring and acid, or get separate ones? Should they be glass / plastic / does it matter?
Any other supplies recommended?
2. I need my CYA to increase, should I add some stablizer now or keep using the pucks and let it gradually go up from there?
I'm sure I'll have more questions in the future - this site has been a great help so far. I will post pictures of our build when I get back to the house.