Greetings. I've done a lot of reading in the forums here. I wish I would have found this system earlier. For about ten years I've been doing this on my own, focusing mainly on chlorine levels and total alkalinity, and I've had generally good success.
That having been said, this way makes so much sense to me! Poolmath will add precision that has been lacking from my pool maintenance.
SO...perfect time to start, I just replaced the vinyl liner, and refilled from well water. Here are my initial test results. I'd just love to have some of you who have been doing this look them over, and confirm my next steps.
CH: 100 <-- tested this mostly just out of curiosity. Is it necessary to watch this with vinyl pools?
Plugged some conservative goal numbers into Poolmath and determined that I will have to add 3 gal of 5.25% Bleach (it was on sale...I'll get the stronger stuff next time.)
Add some acid to lower pH.
Get some stabilizer in a sock in the skimmer and check again in a week.
Questions about stabilizer. I have to add about 7 lbs. I have 5, and thought I'd start with that. If I put half in the skimmer and half tied to the return in another sock, will there be any harm done to the liner near the return? Filter 24/7 until the stuff dissolves?
Thanks in advance!