Hi all -
Been reading this forum as a guest for the last two years to maintain a 8 ft round Intex pool. This year, we got a bigger pool to match our bigger kids. I spent last weekend leveling our hard Arizona clay as best I could (ended up about 2 inches too low on the low end, but it seems OK for now), and I'm ready to start maintenance.
I calculated the fill volume at about 2200 gallons. Since the kids can't wait to swim even though the water is 72F, the pool will be uncovered in direct sunlight for the next week to warm up. I added 64 oz of 10% Kem-Tek chlorine last night. I've been following the Easy Intex startup plan from the PoolForum, and my dichlor should be here tomorrow or Wednesday.
The pool calculator site tells me that 20 oz of dichlor will raise my CYA to 30. I don't yet have the K-2006 to test CYA, but I do have the recommended 6-way test kit. The chlorine registered off-scale high (5+ ppm) this afternoon on my cheapy test kit. Just to confirm, once it's up there at 30+, I don't need anymore dichlor/CYA unless I drain and refill? Can I use the BBB method for the rest of the summer with my 6-way or (as I assume) will I still need the K-2006 to measure the higher chlorine levels?