I decided to switch to the BBB method. I bought a Taylor K-2006 kit, and did some testing. I tested two days ago, and was having some issues registering a CYA count. I remember from getting tested last year I was in the 60's normally (pool store). I retested today and this is what I got:
FC - 2.4
CC - .4
PH - 7.2
TA - 90
CYA - My guess is 20. The dot got blurry inbetween the 40 and -30 line.
CH - 500
I do have well water so I assume that is why my CH is high. My water is clear, but I do have some algae on parts of the walls and bottom. From the pool math it says shock level at that CYA is 10 so I plan on doing the SLAM method today, and hopefully clear it all up.
The CYA count bothers me. I assumed it would be sky high since all I've every used was powder shock, and trichlor tabs. I did drain quite a bit out before closing this year, and we have had a lot of rain here lately.
Once I get the algae problem situated to you recommend adjusting anything else? Obviously I need to raise CYA up, but to what amount? I'm new to a pool as I just bought the house last year, and my last year experience was shocking, algacide, and more shocking.
Thanks for the help!