Morning! I'm a new convert to the TFP way of pool mgmt & have been pool schooling myself. This is our 4th season w/ the pool...my issue is that I started the "old" way...ie took water to the pool store for analysis, & used Aquacheck strips to monitor at home. When pool was opened, 2 bottles liquid "shock" we're used, along w/ 1 bottle of algae inhibitor. I added alkalinity & ph up as per the pool store. Also had them check my Phosphorous level as it was sky high last yr; level was 300, so I added corresponding amt of Phosfree (which I now know is unnecessary!). Used 3" trichlor pucks in my chlorinator & turned it to 2...vacuumed...water clear & sparkly...on my test strips I was getting a TC reading, but no FC reading. Added oxysheen to no avail. CYA per the test strip was ~ 90, pool store had it at 100. Did not want to use the smart shock...that's when I came to your site. Have since added 1 gallon 6% diluted bleach while waiting for my TF-100 test kit to arrive. No more chemicals added. Turned off the chlorinator last nite, & here are the readings from my wonderful drop kit: (heat pump is on), water crystal clear and sparkling...
Oh please help me balance my pool! I am a nurse, & am sick about it! (But am wicked happy about this "chemistry" kit!). Just want my swimmers & equipment to be safe---Thanks!