Hi. Our pool was installed about a week ago so I'm really new to this pool ownership and testing thing. I'm using the TF100 test kit and I've had a lot of fun reading through pool school and playing chemist with the kit.
The black dot never disappeared. This is a new pool with new water and I do have CYA hanging in a sock near the return. Will it take a while to register on the test?
After that test, I used the pool calculator and added muriatic acid and liquid chlorine as recommended.
The pool calculator is recommending that I add 127oz of baking soda by weight or 107oz of baking soda by volume.
The pH and TA thing confuses me a bit..maybe I should have paid more attention back in those high school and college chemistry classes. Anyway, will adding that baking soda to raise the TA affect the pH?
Does it seem like I'm doing what I should at this point?
The water looks crystal clear and sparkly. My 8 year old is so excited about swimming but it's been super cold here..highs in the 50s..yikes and our gas heater isn't hooked up yet. No swimming in the very near future for us but I want to make sure that I'm doing a good job with getting this started and maintaining.
I am so impressed by this forum and how kind and helpful people are here!