After reading a few threads about the Intec Water Doctor copper ionization systems, I've decided to surreptitiously switch my in-laws' pool (that I've taken over maintenance for) back to chlorine. I'm waiting to receive my TF-100 test kit, but in the meantime bought some cheap test strips because I was curious as to whether the bleach I've added to shock and maintain clarity following opening the pool a few weeks ago would register. There's no stabilizer in it, so not surprisingly, FC did not register.
The pool is algae-free and clear thanks to the copper and bleach, but unfortunately, the old metal ball valves to the skimmer and main drain are stripped and need to be replaced. I've ordered a couple Jandy NeverLube two-ports to replace them, but they won't be in until next Friday. Since the skimmer wont open, I've left the main drain wide open to get the circulation needed. There's no side port, so I'm also unable to vacuum. Ive been leaf raking as many hours as I can stand each day and have most of the leaves out.
SO HERE'S MY QUESTION:
I added 5 lbs of stabilizer (98% cyanuric acid) from Wally World (have sworn off pool stores around here). However, since my skimmer isn't working and the stabilizer was granular, I just got out on the diving board and attempted to pour it slowly over the main drain. I know most recommend adding it to the skimmer in a sock or something but given my circumstances, do you think I'm good?
The plan is to check CYA and chlorine in a few days (hopefully the TF-100 will be here) and add more as needed. Will continue adding a gallon or so of bleach and turning on the copper on a weekly basis as usual until I can get a true test.