Really enjoy what I have been reading here for the last few days and just wish I'd found you a bit earlier. We have about a 6 week old pool in Panama. It has been haphazardly treated and it's time to straighten that out. Here are a few pictures:
The pool has had a bit of clarifier, algaecide, Dichlor and Trichlor added. The chlorine used is of Panamanian manufacture and at this point I'm not even sure if the active concentration would be considered North American standard. Total Dichlor - 22 lbs and a couple of pounds of Trichlor powder. There have been a few Trichlor pucks through the auto feeder as well. Whatever CYA is in that chlorine is the only CYA that is in my pool. The level had been dropped a few inches in the pool many times to sort out some small construction issues near the end; so CYA concentrate will be a hair lower than what the Trichlor and Dichlor provided.
The Poolmaster test kit is reading about 0.5 -1 ppm free chlorine. PH has been brought down to 7.6 ppm from >8.4 ppm with OMNI Sodium Bisulfate. TA is reading 180 ppm. Can someone give me an idea on what final TA I should be looking for?
I am going to order the TF-100. Being in Panama, that will take probably 10 days - 3 weeks to get here. I have about 4 lbs of Trichlor multifunction powder that I will treat with until it is gone or the test kit arrives. If CYA is high I will drain and refill as required. If no test kit yet, I will likely maintain with the Trichlor pucks instead of bleach to see if I can get a handle on how they work prior to going on vacation. I think they will be used when we are away.
My primary concern at this point is that I have everything I need with the test kit prior to ordering. I don't want to wait 3 weeks to get it only to find out that I don't have all I need. I will order the speedstir and the XL option. What else do you recommend for the test kit to cover all my bases?
The cheapest bleach I have found is at the local equivalent of Costco. USD 2 /gallon of 5.25% concentrate. But everywhere else, significantly higher in price, but typically lower in concentration. I haven't yet found any conditioner. Go figure. There is a pool behind just about every house.
Sorry for the long post. I am looking forward to this whole process, it should be fun!!