Hello, I am a new pool owner and I know little about pool chemistry but I'm trying to learn. My pool is a 27,000 gallon concrete pool and has new water in it as of maybe 3 weeks ago. It's a SWG but since it's so late in the season we (the pool guy) decided to just make it a chlorine only pool until next spring at which time salt could be added and the system tested. I had a pool service come out and get the pool 'started' and in the bill the said they added the following:
Calcium Hardness Increaser - 20lbs
Total Alkalinity Increaser - 20lbs
Pool Season Algaecide 60 - 1 qt
PH Down - 3lbs
Conditioner - 8lbs
Pool Season 3-lb Shockwave
Pool Season 4-lb Chlorinating Concentrate
They left me with no chemicals and said they were out of chlorine tablets. They did leave me with an AquaChek test strip kit. I checked the water the other day using a strip and the PH, Alkalinity, and Stabilizer looked to be ok but FC was 0. So for starters I need a real test kit because I can't call the pool service out here at $75 an hour anymore, they burnt me up with that. What is the best kit to get, digital would be nice?
I went to the store last night and bought a big bucket of chlorine pucks but now I'm scared to use them. I'm afraid I'm going to accidentally raise my CYA or screw something up. Plus I don't want to open a 40lb bucket of pucks if I don't need them as they were expensive. Do I need to use the pucks, go buy liquid chlorine, pour in some Clorox? Please help, also would need an idea of the quantity to use. I've heard such bad things about CYA I don't want to accidentally raise it either.
Frustrated but trying, thank you!