Just uncovered the pool and got the filter up and running. I was really surprised to see it mostly clear and almost no debris.
Added enough water to bring the level up then got the filter all hooked up and running. After running it for about an hour I ran my first full tests with my new TF-100 test kit.
*BTW, if the maker of the kit reads this you need to check the labeling of the TA agents. My kit had two bottles with green R-0007 labels. Thank goodness I took the time to check the contents and realized that R-0008 was missing and is dark. So my R-0008 was in the kit, just with the wrong label. May want to double check inventory????
Back to topic...
First test results:
Chlorine was at 0
Calcium is at 150
PH was 6.8
TA was 80
CYA was 50
My first question is about the CYA test. I assume that the cloudiness of the test water is supposed to obscure the black dot. At the 50 mark I could still barely make out a faint shadow but soon after it was totally washed out. Sort of mid-way between 50 and 40.. depending on interpretation I may be slightly over reporting CYA.
I used pool math and added what chemicals I have. I added 29 oz by volume of Baking Soda and 38oz of liquid chlorine @12.5%.
After about an hour of circulation I took another test.
FC = 2
CC = 3
TC = 5
Calcium Hardness (CH) still at 150
PH still looks like 6.8
TA is now reading 100
CYA is still showing my best estimate of 50.
I still need to buy some Borax and plan on adding the recommended 74oz by weight to bring up the PH.
I was surprised that after dosing with the 12.5% Chlorine that my CC was already at 3 and my FC was only 2. Pool Math is telling me to dump in another 23oz of the 12.5% Bleach I have.
I'm happy it looks to be a real simple opening.
I would say my water is maybe just a tad cloudy. Not much, I can clearly make out the pattern of the liner looking straight down. It just looks slightly dull looking out over the pool.
Also, I get bubbles on the surface that linger when you splash the water. Almost like the bubbles you get from soapy water. This was more pronounced last year after adding algaecide.
What next? Is there anything worrying about my readings?