Let me start off by saying I have no clue what I'm doing. To be honest we some how coasted by last year without any (known) issues. We never tested since we couldn't figure out what to do with the basic Leslie's test kit. We use a chlorine feeder and would make sure there were always tabs in the feeder and that was pretty much the extent chemical wise. We didn't use the pool too often, only had kids in it a handful of times. No tress in the yard so no leaves until fall and we opened late so no pollen. I would manually vac weekly and skim as needed. Filter ran about 5 hours a day.
This year we opened before Memorial Day, water is clear with the exception of something floating on top - hoping it's pollen.
I'm using test strips (I wish I knew how bad they were before I brought them). Once we have the funds I will order one of the recommended test kits but this is what I have for now.
FC 3 OK
TC 3 OK
TA 0 Low
pH yellow - waaay below 6.2 Low
CH 250 OK
I'm going to try to get to a pool store this weekend to see what they test.
How the heck do I figure out ppm? I tried the Pool Math and it's telling me to add 251lbs to increase the pH. Is that right? I actually have pH increase which I would like to use up before getting borax and baking soda.
Currently running the filter for 6 hours a day.