hi, first time poster and pool owner here.
We bought this house in summer of 2011 and I'm just now taking over from the pool guy we used while we settled in. I plan to use BBB method. I'm starting to put together equipment I will need and just received my Taylor K-2006 test kit yesterday but haven't used it yet. I was hoping to wait until the weekend when I could give it some time but it will have been a couple of weeks since the pool guy was last here. Am I taking too much chance by waiting? I could try to come home during lunch hour if I should get on it right away. The water looks fine and it's gotten too cold to swim in the pool.
1. In what order should I do the tests?
2. From reading pool school, I know other levels should depend on CYA level. What should my CYA level be? Should it be seasonally adjusted for less intense winter sun?
3. I bought a 1-1/2" vacuum hose and vacuum head. The pool shop guy said this was the standard size. The hose fits the vacuum head but the other end doesn't fit my skimmer. The intake on the skimmer (the "box" part is concrete built into the pool) is 1-1/2" in diameter but my 1-1/2" hose is too wide to fit in the skinner intake and too narrow to fit over it. What do I need?