I have a pool. I have a TF100 test kit. I have motivation. I thought that was supposed to be enough!
My fiberglass pool is 20,000 gallons. Opened clear and enticing this year here in Midland, TX, where today will be the 4th 100degree day this week. I keep it covered with a blue bubble solar cover so babies and grandmas enjoy the temp. Did a series of drains to get CYA down to 40. I didn't understand the puck/CYA conundrum, but have only used bleach since last summer. Chlorine has been holding nicely at 3 with negligible combined chlorine. Alkalinity was really high before the drains, running about 280. The most recent test at L****es said 150, but my drop test, which looks just like theirs, said 180. (Could that be their motorized little shaker-upper they use?) I wanted to bring Ph and Alkalinity in line, so I've been adding Muriatic Acid and aerating. My husband hooked up a PVC pipe to a compressor, and blew bubbles until the compressor broke. Bought a bigger, badder compressor and it has been running continuously since Tuesday night. I suppose my biggest issue is I'm not too good at the Ph drop test, and I'm probably a coward to boot. I add the acid, 32 oz a pop, to drop Ph to 7.0, or somewhere in the vicinity. Then I check back in several hours and I don't see much movement. Maybe to 7.4. I drop Ph again, and although it seems to rise a little, the Alk never seems to significantly change. I finally tested the fill water and it runs about 150 per my handy-dandy TF100 test. But my understanding is regardless of the fill water, I should still be able to lower my ALK.
I had a lovely chat with Dave (prompt service is our motto) earlier this week after receiving my reagent order. He is very knowledgeable and suggested I just keep doing what I'm doing. It would appear all I'm doing is making the electric company record profits. I'm looking for suggestions. Maybe I'm expecting too much movement in too little of a time span? When I read the sticky, it didn't sound like this was going to take me the entire summer to get this right.
Thanks for your help.