Hi everyone - I just want to say I love this sight. I have been on it for a week now and people are great. I have been asking a lot of questions and responding right away. It has really helped my anxiety about all of this. I think I was posting on the wrong part of this sight. Since I am a new pool owner (one week new), I just popped in my questions anywhere. But, after reading different parts of this sight, I think this is where I need to start. Anyway.... my water is very clear, but I am having problems adjusting my ph and chlorine consumption. My ph is 8.2 and my chlorine is 1 as of 530 tonight. This morning my ph was 8.2 and my chlorine 5. It was on and off sunny today. I have a 1 lb sock of stabilizer hanging by my return and pool math says to add 2Q of bleach and 3c of muriatic acid.
My questions are: how often should I check my numbers? I checked once in the morning yesterday and then again last night, but my chlorine was 0, so I added a gallon of bleach last night. Then I had my son add half a gallon at 1:30 this afternoon (I was at work and I had a feeling my chlorine would be low).
Another question I have is about the solar cover we have that came with the pool. Since my numbers have been so up and down, I didn't want to put the cover on. I was afraid 1- that it would begin to grow things if it became to warm and 2- I wasn't sure how the chemicals would react to the cover. Does anyone have any experience with that. I don't have a pool heater, so right now the water is pretty cold 73 degrees.
Last question! Does anyone know of a container I can use to measure the muriatic acid? I have a glass measuring 2 cup container, but I was afraid of what it might do to the glass.
Thanks in advance for all of your help.