Here are my results per Taylor K-2006C
FC = 3.5
CC = 1
Ph = 7.0
Base Demand Test= 7.5
Alk = 170
My water is clear but I have a few questions:
1. I plugged all this into the pool calculator and it said to add 285 by weight of Borax. It said to do nothing about the high alkalinity. I was always under the impression that you should adjust for alkalinity first before messing with PH?
2. I use Trichlor pucks in two floaters. I also added 20lb of Bioguard Optimizer Plus (before I knew any better). Is the recommendation to switch to a pure liquid chlorine instead of pucks (or at least a mix) so my CYA doesn't get high? It just seems it would be a pain to lug home all the liquid chlorine each week, plus its shelf life is not long.
3. Does the calculator ever tell you to shock the pool? Or is it assuming that maintaining a proper chlorine level will not require shocking? I never asked for my Combined Chlorine level so how would it know if it's not time to free some of that CC up?
Thanks a lot,