New to the forum. Been reading a lot from pool school and just had pool handed over to me, so want to confirm some things before I move ahead.
My pool info is in my signature, but one point to add is that unfortunately I started reading this forum AFTER the fact, so as a result you see I have a chlorinator (which I now realize I don't really need!) and the guy who started up and managed it for last 2 weeks was using that with the little pucks, so I'm a little worried about what that has done to my various levels. But anyways, got my TFT100 kit and here are my first results:
CYA 60 (could be 50 but not sure how to read it...at 60 I could BARELY see the black dot...by the time the dot was completely obscured it was closer to 50 than 60 I think; I do have a lot of sunlight exposure, in Houston area, sun crosses pool all day with no shade)
CL 1 (from the blue "daily" test kit)
BR 2 (from the blue "daily" test kit)
PH 8.2 (from the blue "daily" test kit)
280 TA (yes, I wiped the dropper each drop and I tried twice and got same result both times)
So based on these results and pool math, here's my actions I'm planning this evening:
- add 15 oz of 10% liquid chlorine
- add 105 oz of 31.45% - 20 Baume muriatic acid
- add 302 oz calcium chloride
- is it OK to leave CYA as is for now? Especially considering sun exposure?
- for the liquid chlorine, I saw ace hardware has "HTH liquid chlorinator" which lists 10% sodium hypochlorite, 90% other - that's fine, right? I was worried about the 90% other, but this is considered "liquid chlorine", and same as bleach but different strength?
- what do I do about the astonishingly high TA? Will the suggestions from poolmath for the muriatic bring me down to 7.2 then aerate? Or do I assume it's static electricity from the dropper and give it a week or 2?
- what about calcium chloride - is there any trick to buying this that doesn't introduce unwanted chemicals? Will they have something at ACE that will get me what I need? (really worried about buying something like these "pucks" that unnecessarily raise other levels.
Thanks for your help and patience with the new guy!