Thank you for the site. I have been reading heavily and trying to learn for the last month.
I have started a new pool and would like some guidance. This is a 10kG inground vinyl liner with 1hp circulation and 120sqft cartridge filter. Temps these days vary between 65F and 90F. Sunset is 6AM, sunset is 8PM. I do work on the pool either 8AM before work or close to sunset.
I am using this test kit since the K2006 is still in the mail.
Fill pool out of the hose.
Setup equipment, circulation off.
8pm: Pump turned on and kept on with no timer, dumped 1 gallon of 10% liquid chlorine.
10pm: Measured FC and PH and got 4.5ppm FC / 8.0PH
Day 6 mostly cloudy day
8am: FC and PH. 4.5ppm / 8.0, seems like no change from overnight.
7pm: Added 4lbs of powder CYA. Tried to do the dissolve in a bucket of water and add the dissolved solution to the skimmer method but was this process was very time inefficient. So I dumped the granules in panty hose and let it hang on the side of the skimmer box then called it a day. Did not retest FC/PH but could smell chlorine in the water.
Day 7 (yesterday)
8pm: To my surprise almost all the CYA had dissolved! I was expecting it to take a week based on what I've read here. I still do not have the K2006 kit so can't measure CYA but I expect it to be around 40-50 based on the dosage guideline. Tested FC/PH and could not detect any color for the FC so assume 0ppm. PH was 7.8. I added 3/4 a gallon of 10% chlorine.
10pm: Tested, got 4.5 or 5ppm FC
12am: The pump has been running non stop since Day 5 and I turned it off for the night.
Day 8 (today)
9am: Tested, 4.5ppm FC and 7.8ph
So moving forward I plan to maintain the FC at around 5ppm. I also plan to clean the cartridge filter and baskets once a week. At 7.8PH I'm thinking that I'm not going to mess with it and just keep it there, monitoring every once in a while. When the K2006 comes in I'll verify CYA and TA. I'm hoping to figure out a chlorine dosing schedule. How often should I expect to add chlorine. Daily? every two days?
Please provide feedback. I am interested to know if I am on the right track or missing something.