We purchased an above ground pool from Craigslist and hired a professional to set it up with a new liner. He did a great job, but left us on our own once it was half full. It sat two days while we thought about the deck and then turned green. I went to the pool store and got a shock treatment and started looking for answers and thankfully found your site.
I've been using the test strips for the past two weeks while I waited for the real test kit. I have been adding chlorine and muriatic acid daily based on the test strip results (I know they aren't as accurate) that were consistently FC 0, pH 8.5, TA 200
I finally got my Taylor k-2006 kit this weekend and did my first real test:
Free Chlorine - never got it to turn pink; I know I have CYA issues so didn't bother wasting indicators
pH - 8.0 (or higher?)
TA - 180 (am I looking for true blue or is purple ok?)
CH - 190
CYA - I mixed then filled it to the top but never could see the black dot disappear - -30?
I bought Cyanuric acid and am ready to put it in a sock and get it in the skimmer. My question is how much CYA?
Poolmath tells me I should add 6 lbs of dry stabilizer, but I've read not to over due it. What should I start with this week?
We filled the pool with well water and it looks great since the shock. If it weren't for the test strips I would think everything is great. Will the pH issues be resolved with CYA too?