Hi - we bought a house in Tyler TX last year with a 13,500 IG SW pool. It has a Jandy PureLink Water Purification System, Jandy Stealth Series Pump (Model SHPF or SHPM), Jandy cartridge filters (CL & CV Versa-Plumb series). It is dark blue gunite (is that the same as plaster?) Last summer my husband took care of the pool but he is now unable to care for it, so I'm getting a crash course in pool maintenance.
Since we "inherited" a test kit, I don't think it's one of the ones you recommend. The label on top of the blue plastic box has been obliterated, but a card inside says MultiTest 1200-V. It has Reagents 2, 3, 3B, 4 and 5 and a water sampler that looks similar to the Taylor. I would like to get one of the kits you recommend, but hate to waste what's left of the one I have.
I'm sure the pool was not closed correctly, so we had a problem with algae and cloudy water that the local pool store advised me how to fix. Last week, I finally got everything right (as far as I could tell). The water was crystal clear, the chlorine level was in the top of the range shown on the tester, pH was good. My grandchildren swam in it Saturday, and I tested it last night - no chlorine! So today, I went to the local pool store and their tests showed the following:
Free chlorine .02ppm
Total chlorine .06ppm
Combined chlorine .04ppm
Hardness 220 ppm
Alkalinity (w/stavilizer correction) 101 ppm
Cyanuric Acid 29 ppm
Copper .15 ppm
Iron 0 ppm
Nitrate 0 ppm
Phosphare 500 ppb
They recommended 2 lbs of GLB Super Sonic Shock, wait 2 hours then add Phos-Free, run filter 48 hours then add Stabilizer.
In the meantime, I found this group & have been reading Pool School articles and would like to follow your methods but am not confident in my understanding yet. There is an amazing (and overwhelming) amount of information here. We are having Mother's Day here, so I'd really like to get the pool in good shape this week. At this point, I'm just looking for advice about what to do right now, until I can a better understanding of the TFPool method. Help!