OMG - I feel like I keep reading the same stuff over and over but only picking up a small bit each time (and its always the "ohhhh" factor when it finally clicks). I am a new pool owner (2 wks old). I would think that if a pool builder or store would be honest about chemicals and chemistry that they'd get more business because they'd earn the trust of the community. Maybe that's inaccurate, perhaps they can't survive on bleach sales alone.
Anyhow - I've used pucks for about a week and will be switching over to the bleach method today. The problem is that I don't know how much FC I'm losing per day so I don't know exactly how much bleach to put in per day. Is there a baseline that I can use to judge with and then just keep testing? I hate to put way too little or much in if I can just learn from your experience.
My pool is 14,000 gallons, 375 sq ft, in DFW with full sun and high temps ranging from 95-100*. The pump is on roughly 10 hrs per day. I lose about 1.5-2 inches of water due to evaporation each week.
My water analysis from yesterday reads like this (which tells me I probably want to maintain FC at 5 or 6, is that right?):
FC 3.06 (pool store said this was perfect but I think I need to raise this to 5 or 6, right)
pH 8.1 (I added half a gallon of muratic acid this morning)
Thank you in advance for your help.