So I've ordered my TFT Test kit, hoping it will be here soon but in the mean time I'm using the one Mr. PB gave us. We are completely lost and even more confused after reading pool school - going to keep reading to try to get a clue. Obviously we are feeling like we are not people who should own a pool at this point, since we are continually adding chemicals based on the test results we are getting. I thought I was doing something wrong and I took a sample to the pool store (I know, I know but I wanted to see how off my results were from theirs). They were exactly the same.
So with the test kit they gave us the results are:
Chlorine - 3.0
PH - 8.2
Alkalinity - 150
So based on the PB instructions to work the alkalinity issue first, we added a gallon of muriatic acid.
I'll test it again tomorrow and see where we stand. The PB had me buy acid, shock and stabilizer when we filled it to have on hand, but I would love to get away from using this stuff so back to reading pool school! Any suggestions?