Just found the TFP forums, Pool School and the PoolMath page - Fantastically useful site; exactly what the internet should be. History: have owned an Altamar hot tub (Baquacil just converted to Chlorine after flush and dump) for 10+ years, so some familiarity with stuff - but loving this website!
I just started up my brand new Original Endless Pool 8'x 14' x 3'9"" five days ago (10/9/2014). Options include lights only, rear bench and steps (no jets as have separate Altamar spa) and automatic cover, which is definitely opaque. Pool is outdoors, above ground on concrete pad with triple insulation in walls. Although open to the sky, there is no sunshine to worry about from Sept through May here in Seattle. The average temp in December is 40F, rarely light freeze in my neighborhood. 4.2 kV heater is set at 88F. Circulating pump on 24x7.
Seattle city tap water with TA of 30, CH of 30, pH of ~7.5 and no measurable FC by the Taylor K 1005 sent out with the new pool.
Currently pool water FC is at 1, TC at 1, thus CC at 0. I've purchased the extra reagents to do FAS-DPD, to arrive in 2 days from Amazon.
I'm aiming for a CYA level of 30 ppm over the next week or so, still not measurable from the initial 1# bag of Multi Clear Shock Clear Result sent by EP, which is only 45 % by weight dichlor.....I purchased dry CYA via Amazon and am adding the presumed missing amount in 2-3 batches (sock tied to exterior of skimmer) over the next 2 weeks so that I don't overshoot (don't want to dump water out). Without bright sunshine over my shoulder (it is mid-October in Seattle), can I really do a CYA assay correctly? anyone? The MCS Clear Result likely added ~????ppm, but not measurable via Taylor's CYA assay. And does anyone know how to convert 7.2 oz weight (16 oz * 45%) into oz volume for dichlor? As a cook, I know that ounce for ounce, flour weight does NOT equal volume. Am I missing something in PoolMath?
TA is at 100 ppm (hit the mark perfectly first time with PoolMath, thank you!). Baking soda in big bag from Costco.
pH has wandered slowly up from 7.2-7.5 now to 7.5-7.8, closer to 7.8 color than 7.5 (yes, cheapo kit).
Although I see that vinyl pools don't need calcium, I set up mine with a calcium hardness level of 130-140 ppm, maybe to preserve the heater? Endless recommends 180 ppm, so my 130-140 ppm is a compromise. Also purchased more from Amazon. 25#s, cheap, cheap, cheap. Way too much. Likely won't need it for a year when I might change out the water. Maybe. Anybody need some in the Seattle area?
PM predicts I will need 6 cups of 8.5% bleach (cheap at Costco) to shock to 12 ppm if CYA at 30 and 2-3 ounces (that magical "1/4" cup) for a 0.6-0.8 ppm bump after daily use by 2 adults learning to swim like kids again. So total bleach usage, maybe a gallon every 2 weeks. Maybe. If I shock weekly. Which I likely won't need to do... If the four legged ones get in (I'll water rinse those hairy bums first and dremelled toenails a must!), I'll add an additional 1/4 cup bleach at closing time. From all the posts, I'll add a nylon stocking over that filter cartridge first....
Can anyone think of anything else I should be doing, adding, buying as a fun toy - have the kickboard, the between the leg squeezee thingy, the goggles, and the propane heater for the deck.
Need opinions on if a vacuum is worth it for a pool with such a small footprint and on waterproof music players (in the ear kind, not on the deck kind).