So happy to have found this forum. I just recently purchased a new house and it came with a pool - first time pool owner now and eager to maintain it to the best of my ability.
I recently purchased the taylor 2006k test kit as recommended from the forum - previously started out with the test strips, but they aggravated me with the difficulty of reading them.
It looks like I have adopted some staining in the pool on the steps/walls, so i'll be working on taking care of that!
When I first got the pool, leslies said there was 0 chlorine, and the pH was incredibly high - since then I've gotten the pH down to about 7.2-7.4 and my TA is reading around 180+ (hard to tell with those test strips, so can't wait for the new test kit to come in the mail on Wednesday.
I'm very interested in the BBB method, so I went to the store this weekend to purchase some 6% bleach and some borax - still need to get the baking soda.
The strips tell me my CYA is at 0 - but again, I don't like the strips, so I want to get a better reading with the new kit.
So far, I think my chemical balance is ok - though I still want to reduce the TA down to 80-100, and I plan on using the methods on the forum to meet my goal (love the pool calculator btw.)
My fiance thinks I'm obssesed with the pool, and she's right!
Water looks clear and clean, but when the pool lights on I can see small particles/bubbles floating around. I notice that my sand filter has a bit of a leak, so I need to see about fixing that - maybe that is what is causing the small bubbles/paricles i see?
Before I found the forum I had dropped some 3" chlorine tablets in the pool floater - once I use some of that up I'm switching to the bleach - I like that idea better. And if my CYA is really as low as the test stips say, I'm going to do the conditioner in the sock method to bring it up some.
I do live in AZ, so once the summer hits in full I'll have a lot of direct sunlight - I read somewhere I should get CYA around 50-70ppm.
All in all, I'm happy to have found the forum and hope to learn a lot.
One tough thing I'm having is figuring out the gallons in the pool. It's a free form pool and I have no idea who made it.
I was able to measure / average out many dimensions (L/W/Depth) and have come to the conclusion that there is app. 13,777 to 14,000 gallons in the pool. It seems to match up with my chemical adjustments!
Eventually I'm going to replace the old pump with a new variable speed pump at the same time I have my filter leak fixed. I was trying to work on the filter myself, but I'm fairly clueless with the plumbing and I felt like I was going to break something off in the process. Might be safer for me to have a repair man take a look (to the dismay of my wallet.)
I'm just glad I aquired this pool while it was still cool outside so I have plenty of time to get it ready for the spring and summer!