Shoot me. I let my test kit supplies get low and didn't replace them...been relying on Leslie's results (which have been "everything looks awesome!!"). I had noticed some scaling starting up again and HAVE been testing my own pH and trying to keep it around 7.4 for the past month. Other than that, today is the first day I have run the full numbers myself and here's what I am getting:
Chlorine: 8 (salt cell had been dialed way up for who knows how long)
CC: 1 (never had it at 1 before---it's always been at 0 or .5)
TA: 40 (eeeks!!! by keeping my pH low I obviously let my TA get too low, too)
CYA: 40 (do you still add conditioner in the winter?)
CH: 450 (always been high)
Water temp: 60
So...obviously I will add baking soda to raise my TA (target 70???) What about the CYA? Do I need to add conditioner to get that up? What about the CC level? How negative can I run my water without freaking about corrosion but still try to combat scaling? I have been playing with the numbers in the Pool Calculator and now I'm confusing myself.