And after finding this TFP forum just last spring, did alot of reading (and posting a bit) Got the right test kit (TF-100, w/speedster ) and listened and followed the direction of all the moderators and many other smart folks. I have to say my pool is just as sparkling as it was all last summer and when I closed it (except for a few worms and dead bugs here and there)
I started up my new pump, circulated it for a couple hours, pulled out my trusty TF-100 kit and ran a full set of tests and they turned out pretty darn good I could actually swim in it right away if it wasn't a bit on the chilly side....
pH - 7.2
FC - 8.5
CC - 00000
TA - 65
CH - 180
CYA - 45-50 me , second look from my better half 45-50
Just wanna say THANKS to ALL on this site for opening my eyes and showing me the way to an enjoyable TFP without having to run to the pool store with my wallet ever again...except for a liner repair kit today and a filter drain plug that I accidently through out when I left it in my old pump basket that got tossed in the garbage a few months ago....