I ordered the Taylor test kit you recommended, but won't be in til about 6-23-14, which won't help me if I want to swim this weekend. Pool store #'s:
FC 7.41 High
TC 8.4 High
CC .99 High
PH 8 High
TA 280 High
Calcium Hardness 272
Copper .1 High
Iron .2 High
Yesterday, numbers higher, so pool store recommended adding 8 lbs of BioGuard lo'n slo; and 1 lb of Chlorine-Free Shock Oxidizer; added about 7:30 last night. Put solar cover back on, ran pump 12 hrs. I will give yesterday's exact numbers if needed. Tested about noon today. They recommended to remove solar cover, run pump 12 hrs, rest 8 hrs, run 12 hrs until Friday and recheck then. I admit to running the SWS an additional 2 hrs because I had leaves and sand and dirt in the pool and was concerned about it. Storms with heavy rain yesterday, pool fill at maximum, more rain today and tomorrow, temps high 80's yest. high 70's today. Last week pool store had me add 1 lb lo n slo because of PH and add 1lb CYA.
What do you think? Please let me know if you need anything else. Thanks Also salt test kit came today and tested that. First drop of silver nitrate curded up like milk might look, added 17 drops before turned color so 3400 reading on that. Film on test tube like calcium, but powdery. Water is generally known to be hard, here, but those numbers are OK?? Is this supposed to happen when I test for salt, the curding effect?
I also need to bring down the copper numbers so blonde hair does not turn green.