New(ish) pool owner, new to the TFP method. Bought a home with a pool a year ago, used jumbo pucks brushed it once a week, and pretty much left well enough alone. Just had my water tested at a pool store, here's what it came back with:
CH-540 (anyone need any calcium?)
CYA-100 (I'm guessing that's all their test went up to)
What I think I know so far based off the forum, feel free to correct me!:
I'm going to stop using triclor, I know the CYA it contains just adds to the problem. I'm currently scoping out bleach and liquid chlorine prices and taking into account strength and bottle size. I most likely should drain around 60% of my pool to lower the Calcium and CYA to appropriate levels. Small problem, I live in California, it's drought season, it's summer, and it would cost me north of $300 to do a partial drain, so I am looking for temporary alternatives to keep algae away and just get through the peak water price months.
Pool Math tells me my target FC should be 4 ppm....I might have done something wrong. Ok, I probably did, given my CYA.
What should my FC be given the high CYA, and how much bleach or liquid chlorine should I use to achieve that? Also, should I test my chlorine levels daily, and based off that test, how do I determine how much chlorine or bleach to put in each morning? While I know there are better test kits the forum suggests, all I have IS a little Taylor k-1004 for now.
Thanks in advance for helping out a newbie!