I recently bought my first pool - a 10' easy set (~1000gal). I had found this forum last year and decided this was the way I wanted to maintain my pool.
Upon setting up my pool, I followed the temporary pool guide. However, the first bag of "shock" I purchased was Calcium Hypo (I didn't realize there were different types of shock). I ran that for 2 or 3 nights (2oz each night) before discovering it was the wrong product. Testing each night during that phase (with the HTH 6-way test) my TC was around 5 and pH was steady at 7.2 (after adding some pH Down initially).
I got my hands on some Dichlor and added that for 4 nights. I have my pH level at 7.2 still, but now the TC test reads way out of scale (the test kit only goes to 5). Further research, I see that I'm actually measuring FC and CC combined, which may explain why it's off the chart.
Following the advise of the guide, I should be shooting for a FC level of 2. I'm wondering how I can actually track this with the HTH 6-way kit. I purchased that kit because it was available locally and listed as an 'intermediate' kit on this site (ok... AND because it was 1/2 the price of the t100 and k2006). Is there any way I can keep/monitor my FC at 2 without having to go out and purchase a different test kit?
We have a heat-wave coming this weekend and I have a 3 year-old who I've had to keep out of the pool for a week and a half since opening (to his objection of course). I just want to make sure the levels are safe before we take our first dip.